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by Ryan Snyder

Here’s the thing, Cinemax subscribers:

You know the internet has what you’re looking for basically for free at any time of day, right? Since you’re already paying for it, consider checking in at 10 p.m. this Friday night for the premiere of Alan Ball’s new show “Banshee” to support a Greensboro rock and roller. You may have seen rockabilly band the Straight 8s at Heavy Rebel Weekender or any of their Garage appearances, and the pilot will feature local bassist Daniel Mebane and the band performing in its climatic scene, while the episode itself uses their songs “Gypsy,” “Ann Bowman,” “Ironsides” and “Redskin.” And not to fear — “Co-Ed Confidential” is on only a couple of hours later.

Experience live music with two free hands (for air guitar!) starting on Wednesday with polished garage rock by the Dirty Names at the Garage. Charlotte post-noise quartet Pale Fire play Glenwood Coffee & Books, and there’s the path of less resistance to Jersey pop band Action Item at Greene Street Club. On Thursday, Philly groove-rock quartet Long Miles headline at the Garage.

Friday’s slate includes the next installment of the Gate City Cypher hip-hop showcase going down at the Clubhouse, which includes the usual suspects along with Chapel Hill crew Alter Ego: Here, Geekz & AzWholez, and feisty female emcee duo Kyss-n-Rem. Ocean Versus Daughter is a piano-driven, indie-rock quartet out of Richmond, Va., and they’ll perform at the Green Bean. Kitschy altrock foursomeTaylor Bays & the Laser Rays hook up with Three-Brained Robot, Microwaves and Hi-Rollers at Glenwood Coffee & Books, while members of House of Fools join Tommy from Walrus under the name Roseland at the Blind Tiger. Fur Lined Volcanoes make a rare appearance at the Garage, while the Flatiron offers sunny math rock by Dick Wolf and Irata.

Latin-funk collective West End Mambo comes to Krankies on Saturday. Winston-Salem experimentalists Bosnian Pyramids make their Garage debut, while Ashevillians Housefire and Robert Breast play the Green Bean.

On Sunday, Glenwood Coffee & Books hosts Boone’s Titan, a prog trio with the most unlikely of reference points, along with faith-driven metal outfit Wake of Redemption and metalcore secularists Sacred to Apollo, while jazz-rock trio My Three Sons plays the Huggins Auditorium at Greensboro College.

The Garage keeps the party going to start the week with muscular Southern rock by Thomas Wynn & the Believers on Monday, and folk rock by Aaron Burdett on Tuesday.

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