by Ryan Snyder

Chapel Hill’s Some Army launches a worthwhile crowdfunding campaign this week to raise funds to record at Mitch Easter’s Fidelitorium studio in Kernersville. Most will remember the woozy country-psych sextet in another incarnation, frequent Triad visitors the Honored Guests, so throw some support their way when the Kickstarter launches later this week. On the live music front, it’s avant groove meets electric folk as the Pizza Jams mobile unit hits the Blind Tiger on Wednesday in support of the Deluge and Time Sawyer, while the Garage has two-piece hillbilly rock by the Hooten Hallers.

Dirty Bourbon River Show sounds like all of New Orleans packed into a van, and they’ll visit the Blind Tiger on Thursday supported by the rugged sounds of Jack Carter & the Armory. The always interesting country-jazz foursome the Galactic Cowboy Orchestra join songwriter Randy Dean Whitt at the Garage, while prog-funk outfit the Nectar Unit play a freebie at Ziggy’s. Sibling act Sick/Sea make sweet vintage pop at the Green Bean with Tribal, while Paleface returns after last week’s rager for a show at Krankies with SalemSpeaks and the Fair & the Foul.

Birthday boy Taylor Bays “hosts” his own birthday bash at the Flatiron with Smokin’ McQueen, Suzanne Stafford, Matty Sheets and Just Jingles, while shoegazers Lake Isle celebrate First Friday at the Green Hill Center. The Dead will rise with Cosmic Charlie at the Blind Tiger, while Ziggy’s has bootstomping country by the Old Southern Moonshine Revival with Honeysuckle Ridge. Chris Titchner brings coffeehouse rock to the Green Bean with Mason Via & Friends, and Crystal Bright & the Silver Hands make their Turntable debut.

Diali Cissohko & Kaira Ba offer the best of Saturday at the Blind Tiger with Africa Unplugged. Expect a lot of friends to show up. By the time you’re reading this, Sevendust and Lacuna Coil’s show at Ziggy’s may very well be sold out, so metal fans can wait on We Came as Romans on Sunday, which has been moved from Greene Street Club to the Blind Tiger. Charleston folky Laura Thurston plays the Green Bean, while quiet alt-rock quintet Elemeno plays the Flatiron with Be the Moon and John Fries.