by Ryan Snyder

Julian Koster (Neutral Milk Hotel, Elephant 6) will turn Krankies into a circus of dreams Wednesday night as the Music Tapes debut The Traveling Imaginary in its full glory. Admission is first-come only with a cap of around 100 and in a perfect world, will reach that easily before the doors open. The chaser comes at Ziggy’s with jam band deities Umphrey’s McGee play, with Asheville electronic outfit Papadosio in support. The Color Morale “starts with a clean chorus…” at Greene Street Club, and the Dirty Names have the moves (and sounds) like Jagger at the Blind Tiger with Brooklyn dance-funk duo Aotearoa.

Former House of Fools guitarist David McLaughlin plays some solo tunes with Joel Hodnett at Turntable on Friday, while ex-Daughtry drummer Joey Barnes brings Luna Arcade to the Blind Tiger and Screaming By Me bring pianocore to the Somewhere Else Tavern. Those waiting on another Glass Casket album can check out Adam Cody’s brutal side project Wretched with Echo Crush, Uzzard and Vanisher in the Ziggy’s Tavern, while the Godchaux’s seed brings his psychedelic band BoomBox to the main room.

In an alternate reality, Yarn is bigger than the Zac Brown Band. In this one, they’ll put on as good of a show at the Blind Tiger as ZBB is at the Greensboro Coliseum on Saturday. They’re joined by blues-rock five-piece the Delta Saints. CFBG celebrate their first anniversary as a record co-op with DJs and sales all day. The Dirty South Beatdown turns the dirty dozen at Greene Street Club. The Garage has Chuck Folds and Luna Arcade, while Ziggy’s has the hard-picking Acoustic Syndicate on the comeback. There’s more bluegrass at the Green Bean by the Zinc Kings and the South Carolina Broadcasters. Harry’s made the scene, and he’s joining Jack Carter & the Armory for a nenefit for Teacher’s Tool Box at the Flatiron.

On Sunday, We Came As Romans make epic metal at Greene Street Club, while the Dirty Bourbon River Show cram every sound New Orleans ever conceived into 90 minutes at Ziggy’s. Tennessee folk rock six-pack This Mountain recall early Wilco at Turntable with Durham indie-pop group Pinkerton Raid. On Monday, the Blind Tiger brings Thomas Wynn & the Believers for their second Triad show in as many weeks, while Elusive Groove find themselves at Ziggy’s.