by Ryan Snyder
The Everymen prove there’s punk in New Jersey outside of New Brunswick at the Garage on Wednesday. Wisconsinites Big Waves of Pretty play lo-fi indie rock that’s more potent than bandaged cheddar, and they’ll be joined at Black Lodge by Red Clay River’s Marcus Hodges, fuzz balladeers the Gold Heart and Knives of Spain. For the lunch crowd, Center City Park’s Tunes at Noon series offers folk-pop by Lyn Koonce & Friends.
On Thursday, Ziggy’s rounds the bases with blues rock by Sam Robinson & Friends, juiced-up country from Carolina Moonshine, and hip-hop instrumentals by Ignite & Imagery. Not enough? The Flatiron has rock en Español by Braco.
Jerry Garcia’s 70th birthday was a week ago, but don’t tell that to Cosmic Charlie, who are still blowing out his candles at Ziggy’s on Friday. Lilac Shadows offers deliciously dark pop with Jenny Besetzt and White Laces at Glenwood Coffee & Books, while the Dangerous Summer play on the brighter side with aquatically-themed support by From Indian Lakes, Lakeview Drive and Finding Atlantis at Greene Street Club. The Green Bean is heavy on the low end with Elemeno and Dalton Village, while jazz chanteuse Avery Sunshine performs at Downtown Jazz in Winston-Salem.
There’s less than a month until the release of a seemingly reborn Holy Ghost Tent Revival’s third album Sweat Like the Old Days, and Summer On Trade will be there next stomping ground. Greene Street Club has super heavy sounds by Hephystus, Sacred to Apollo and the Response (ex-Fight for A Pacifist). The Ghost Wolves flip the White Stripes’ script at the Garage with extra swagger by Deadbeat Darlings. The Twin City Taps Beer Festival has moved to Ziggy’s so that means an extra pour of My Brother Skyler with Fuhnetik Union. At the Green Bean, the BillyFolks prep for the release of their album Folk Yeah!
Like pop punk itself, the Endless Summer tour drags on with This Century, Austin Gibbs and Giving Up Nevada at Greene Street Club, while folk collective the Collection with Doug Mains & the City Folk and Gabe Smiley play the Green Bean.
On Tuesday “Indy” rockers the Last Good Year visit the Blind Tiger with Concord roots foursome Old Rusty Mandolin and American Gonzos.