by Ryan Snyder

The two Great Quintets are often lauded as the most pivotal moments in Miles Davis’s life , but what came immediately after was the true unicorn of his catalog. Live in Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 2 was just released for the first time and follows his most rapid evolution. The three-CD set includes a 45-minute concert DVD, which will be presented for free at Winston-Salem State’s Hall- Patterson Building on Thursday. Helado Negro makes quirky, glitchy, bilingual electro pop and will visit CFBG on Friday with support from Banana Lazuli. What can be said about Donna the Buffalo that hasn’t already been said about Michael Gondry films? They’re at the Blind Tiger. Folky NPR favorites the Stray Birds come to the Fiddle & Bow Society. The Greensboro Airport Marriot hosts StellarCon, a weekend of nerdy indulgence with performances by Greenville Viking metal outfit Aether Realm and Cary wizard wrockers the Blibbering Humdingers. The Green Hill Center hosts the first First Friday concert of the year with bluegrass quartet the Hushpuppies and the Green Bean has a pair of singer-songwriters in Rob Nance and Josh Neas (who’s kind enough to have me on his radio show once a month).

By press time, Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops’ show at Triad Acoustic Stage on Saturday will likely be sold out, so head’s up just in case. Early candidates for Worst Band Name of 2013 include Winston-Salem’s wolves & wolves & wolves & wolves, who play the Garage with the more tidily named Over the Earth and Motorist. House of Fools tune up the slimmed down lineup at the Blind Tiger, while folk ingenues Be the Moon drop the needle for a live recording at Turntable.It’s a rock show at the Flatiron with the Piedmontsmen, Totally Slow and the Pinkerton Raid. Songs of Water support Jonathan David and Melissa Helser’s nonsecular album release at the Carolina Theatre and the Meldavians bring out friends for their gig at the Underground Café.

On Sunday, Thirsty 2’s is hosting a pretty huge deal to benefit Chairmen of the Board co-founder Danny Woods in his ongoing battle with diabetes, and a oddly timed album release party by FutureNature happens at Krankies on Monday. Tuesday brings starry-eyed shoegazers Eros & the Eschcaton to the Blind Tiger with super soulful Philly pop by DRGN KING, while Dead Leaf Echo offer a fuzz fantasia at Black Lodge with Spirit System.