Foxy Shazam carry the flame of glammy, operatic rock that Meatloaf and Queen lit, and it only took them at least three major overhauls of their sound to get there. They’ll be at Greene Street Club on Wednesday with Jonas Sees in Color and Sumerlin.
Tampa Bay jam trio Cope span funk, bluegrass and rock with Marcus Horth’s new world groove project the Monkey Mind on Thursday at the Blind Tiger. Periphery overlaps towering vocals on intensely heavy riffs, and they’re at Greene Street Club with Wake of Redemption, Acirema and Bloodline Severed. The Flatiron has a rare heavy show by Florida trio Lydia Can’t Breathe at the Flatiron. You get the sense that if things hadn’t broke just right for the Lumineers, they’d be in Scarletta’s shoes and would be playing Bucked Up Saloon.
It’s the Ides of March and Bosnian Pyramids is your vehicle, baby. They’ll take you to the Garage with Cactus Black supporting, Will Ridenhour and Sean Gaskell visit the Green Bean for a pair of solo kora sets, while Gate City Cypher, hosted by Ed E. Ruger and Phillie Phresh, goes hard all night long at the Clubhouse with literally every emcee within a 90mile radius showing up to throw down.
Not literally, because local rap massive the Black Lotus Society take the mic at the Flatiron with Dalton Village and Knife & Miggs, while Sanctum Sully brings rich Blue Ridge folk to the Blind Tiger with the Jon Stickley Trio.
The perennially unheralded Chapel Hill trio Birds & Arrows will release another great album at Krankies on Saturday with support from Baltimore alt-country outfit June Star and Lowland Hum at Krankies, while gypsy jazz master Stephane Wrembel burns up his six-string at the Underground Theatre. The Flatiron welcomes just really good rock and roll by Drag Sounds with Wailin’ Storm, Totally Slow and Adam Thorn, and throwback brass rockers Brandon Wise & the Scorchin’ Sons descend on the Green Bean with Swift Science and Sinners & Saints.
The Lake Isle slipped a new record by most, but it can be heard at the Flatiron on Sunday with help from Rachel Kate Gillon and the Slowdrivers. Where is your god now, Monsters? Certainly not at the Greensboro Coliseum on Monday following Lady Gaga’s cancellation. For the Tuesday night dubstep party, there’s only DJ Minnesota with Protohype at the Blind Tiger.