Tonight’s the night: Shut Up and Play the Hits makes its national debut at Lyndon Street Artworks. Apologies also to the family of recently deceased 205 artist Jeffrey Taylor, who was misidentified in last week’s Forecast. Elsewhere, Charlottesville old-time crew the Hackensaw Boys visit the Blind Tiger on Wednesday night without the charismo (the tin-can and license-plate contraption that looks like a washboard), so engage foot stomps manually.
Carl Weathersby gets a stew going at Triad Stage for EMFfringe on Thursday. Loved him in Action Jackson. Connor Christian & Southern Gothic have graduated from their Wild Wing Café gigs to being called “a band on the verge” by Billboard magazine. They’re playing the Garage. Consider the Source get freekeh with Middle Eastern-flavored electronica with at the Blind Tiger, while Sourwood Sweet throw a roots dance party with hunky rocker Dom Liberati at the Green Bean.
Mixed-media masters Invisible present the first night of their latest installation The New Obsolete at the Weatherspoon Art Gallery on Friday. The Garage hosts the release party of Hammer No More the Fingers’ new EP Pink Worm with special guests Economy and up the street at Ziggy’s, there’s stoner country by Blackberry Smoke. It’s heavier than a two-day old muffin at Krankies with Echo Crush, Uzzard and Torch Runner, and the flipside of the java circuit has gentle indie-folk by Emily Stewart & the Baby Teeth with Tova Rinah, Jack Carter and Molly Parden at the Green Bean.
As a card-carrying member of the National Anti-Tesh Action Society (yep, it’s a thing) it’s my duty to inform you that the alien mole himself, John Tesh, is appearing at the White Oak Amphitheatre on Saturday. Take appropriate action. Dancehall legend Patra put da batty pon de floor at Ziggy’s. There’s Americana with a touch of punk at the Garage as the Darnell Woodies release Dancing on Your Grave, and the Green Bean has a trio of singer-songwriters in Katie Basden, Ryan Scarberry and the Clay States.
Backpack rappers Dead Prez bring chuch to Ziggy’s on Sunday night, while Attic Ted, Three-Brained Robot and a revived Boy Party visit Black Lodge. On Monday, the Blind Tiger has Asheville electro-pop duo EAR PWR and lush indiefolk by Filthybird. On Tuesday, the Dirty Heads throw it back to Long Beach circa 1996 at Ziggy’s.