by Ryan Snyder
Call her “White Sugar. Young British blues guitar phenom Joanne Shaw Taylor visits the Blind Tiger on Wednesday. I’ve heard she’s actually Buckethead, and the height is thanks to a pair of stiletto heels. Percussionist Michael Roberto’s quintet kicks off a soon-to-be regular jazz gig at the Blue Martini. CFBG has mind-bending ambient pop by Bitter Children with Rice Cakes. Shed a tear for Tunes at Noon; the 2012 season ends earlier in the day with Holt Gwynn and David Niblock in Center City Park.
The area’s biggest dance party of the year goes down Thursday when EDM king Bassnectar drops brand new material in his tour opener at the Greensboro Coliseum. Great Elk plays propulsive, atmospheric indie folk at the Green Bean, while High Rock Outfitters’ SongCraft series continues with Danny Reid Carter of the Carter Brothers, and Amanda Platt and Peter James of the Honeycutters. At Black Lodge, it’s an indiegasm with Zack Mexico, Drugs and Mutant League.
For Greensboro Fest happenings, look two inches to the left, otherwise Friday is quiet with only an album release party at the Garage by Austin blues-rock duo Ghost Wolves’ CD Release.
There are some familiar faces at Greene Street Club on Saturday with the return of the partially reunited Bloodjinn with the equally loud and aggressive Return the Hero, Get Rude, Territories, etc. For fans of early Beatles, the Blind Tiger has Yesterday: A Tribute to the Beatles. Jam -friendly Asheville funk/ soul crew the Broadcast play Ziggy’s with Tyler Nail and the Nectar Unit, while pop weirdos Beloved Binge come to the Green Bean with I Am Love and pickers the Zinc Kings. Like Mumford & Sons attest, no one knows Americana like the Brits, further evidenced by Emma King & the Heartsets at Johnny and June’s.
On Sunday, the name of ska/dub group the Originalites probably contradicts at the Blind Tiger. Elemeno plays that funky music at the Green Bean and Throwing Muses fans Delicate Cutters visit the Garage.
Start the week off loud with Born of Osiris, Norma Jean and more at Greene Street Club, while Kellie Pickler and her flotation devices make hay at the Dixie Classic Fair on Monday On Tuesday, poet/violinist/psycho Emilie Autumn comes to Greene Street Club, and break out the Freedom Rock to brush up on your Kentucky Headhunters at the Dixie Classic Fair.