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by Ryan Snyder

There’s no Scoville rating assigned to a drop-dead hottie mashing on a kit while belting infectious vocal hooks, but it’s a guarantee that Brooklyn-via-Israel pop-funk duo Hank & Cupcakes will make you sweat like a scorpion pepper. They’re at the Blind Tiger on Wednesday. There’s another dynamic duo at the Garage, as Austin indie rockers Mobley play the second of three Triad shows at the Garage. Vintage rock-and-rollers Drag Sounds are joined by Blood Waves, who conjure Drag Sounds on Wellbutrin, and RecessFest organizers and general wise guys Blossoms at Krankies.

There’s no shortage of work for homophobic dancehall toasters these days; two weeks ago it was Beenie Man, and now Elephant Man gets the stage at Ziggy’s on Thursday, while live hip-hop crew Ignite and Imagery throw down in the tavern.

Friday marks the end of an era with the Urban Sophisticates farewell performance at Greene Street Club, but also the start of another as Greensboro punk outfit the Radio Reds play CFBG to support the recording of their first LP with help from the Lake Isle, Totally Slow and Neither Scene Nor Herd. Lions & Liars bring loud guitars and louder anthems to Krankies, and the Green Bean has a double shot of Africana by Africa Unplugged and Mamadou’s Fantastic Band. The Family play the Carolina Film and Video Festival’s after-party at New York Pizza. There’s no one interesting left in Poco, yet they press on and will play the Carolina Theatre with Pure Prairie League, but it’s a hard sell over Texas songwriter Pat Green at Ziggy’s.

Shawn Colvin put out a rather excellent album last year that not many people heard, which is why it’s unfortunate that her and Mary Chapin Carpenter’s acoustic sets at the Carolina Theatre on Saturday will be tacitly supporting the em-effing Ham’s going downtown. For soulful and more importantly, guilt-free, country music, Steph Stewart & the Boyfriends will play a lovely set at the Green Bean. To sum up Tom “Jamaica Funkin” Browne: bad nickname, good trumpet. He’s at the Creative Center.

Like awesome songs? You’ll love Some Army, who play Krankies with Small Houses and Onward Soldiers; if Frank Ocean joined Hall & Oates, he’d be Floco Torres, who visits the Flatiron.

Casual Curious makes woozy electronica with Orlando dream-pop outfit Day Joy at the Blind Tiger on Monday, and both hit the Garage on Tuesday. Young Jules spits the Word at Harrison Auditorium and finally, Kid Rock. Buckcherry. Greensboro. Do what you will with that info. We won’t judge.

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