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by Ryan Snyder

Unless you count “Eat It,” Thanksgiving really got the short end of the holiday song stick. There’s either some godawful Don Henley claptrap or a gem that cuts a little too close courtesy of the Drive-By Truckers. “You wonder why I drink and curse the holidays/ Blessed be my family from 300 miles away/ It’s Thanksgiving and Jesus I’m thankful.” Amen. But hey, everyone’s in town, so why not meet ‘em at Ziggy’s for big jams by Big Daddy Love and the Big Something? We don’t normally do covers here, but lack of options insists a mention of Stereo Doll at the Blind Tiger.

Thursday’s slate is clean, so enjoy the tryptophan, Kid Rock and Mark Sanchez-induced coma. Friday’s door busters include boozy country rock by American Aquarium and Sons of Bill at the Blind Tiger. Bonsai buddies Kokoro and Whisky Christy & the Half Pint Orchestra pour a double shot at the Green Bean, while Landon Parker and Chad Belton play the tepid MGD 64 of country music at Bucked Up Super Saloon.

Welcome back the lush alt-folk sounds of Vel Indica into circulation. They play the Garage with the Near Strangers. Kyle Santillian holds it down for the hip-hop heads at CFBG with another installment of Red Cup Classics: Black Friday Edition.

Tyler Nail was one of the guys responsible for that sweet Levon Helm Tribute earlier this year, and he’ll surely bring some of those tunes to his set with Joe Blevins and Blue On White at the Garage on Saturday. ATV is the mini-Mantras, and they’ll play the Blind Tiger with math-rock duo High Rollers. The Green Bean has a quartet of singersongwriters, including Dallas On the Run, Gavan Holden, Micah Barron and Mike Briggs. Krankies wants original talent for Winston-Salem Shuffle. Rebirth Band bumps the bass at the Dynacon Center, and the Story Tour thumps the Bible with Natalie Grant and Casting Crowns at the Greensboro Coliseum. Back in YES! Weekly’s MySpace days, there used to be a guy who would mes- sage us every so often pushing a rapper he had “happened across” and was “amazed by,” always claiming no af- filiation. Turns out he was a schmucky coattailer with bad PR skills. That rapper was Young Fletcher, who plays Ziggy’s on Sunday. At the Green Bean, Vel Indica’s Patrick Ferguson continues his rounds with Julian Sizemore.

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