by Ryan Snyder

Sorry, fans of sloppy renditions of Liz Reed. Dickey Betts’ originally scheduled performance at the Carolina Theatre on Wednesday has been cancelled with no hope for a make-up date. For something comparable, check out his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame DVD, or give the nearest vagrant a guitar and five bucks. Or listen to the A&R Studios disc from 1971 to hear what he was once capable of. Portland gypsy jazz ensemble the Underscore Orkestra would like your attention, however, and they’re at the Green Bean with the Raving Knaves, and emcee Eddy B releases puts out a new mixtape at Greene Street Club with help from Phive.

On Thursday, Plimsouls founder Peter Case pays a visit to the Garage with Joe Blevins, while at the Green Bean, Chucktown indie rocker Jordan Igoe joins kickedup folk duo the Slowdrivers.

The Garage will play home to heaps of resplendently chaotic post-rock from San Fran trio Tartufi on Friday, but stay for giant-sized heartland rock by Durham trio Hammer No More the Fingers. What can be said about the Big Something that hasn’t been said about Halley’s Comet? Catch ‘em if you can. They’re at the Blind Tiger with Dopapod. Ex-”Idol” hopeful Charly Lowry fronts aboriginal indie rockers Dark Water Rising, but don’t let those credentials dissuade you from their set at Ziggy’s with Old Southern Moonshine Revival and Brickfoot Down. For all of Bland Simpson’s academic accomplishments, he’ll be forever known to WSFCS seventh-graders for a mindnumbing instructional tape on some trivial corner of NC history where he identifies himself so often that you stop hearing the “Simpson” part. Otherwise, he’ll be known as the piano player in the Red Clay Ramblers, who will play the Carolina Theatre.

Big Daddy Love have won something or other that some people may have voted on recently, that may be officially divulged in the coming weeks, which suggests that they are indeed a worthy band to see at Ziggy’s on Saturday with the amazing L Shaped Lot. It’s like Tony Toni Tone up in here when Dalton Village get together, and they’re at the Green Bean with Tyrone, but no sign of Jim, James or Paul. Channing & Quinn weave stunning baroque folk at the Garage, or get yer cha-chas out for West End Mambo at Krankies.

Imperial Blend’s April residency at the Blind Tiger continues with Earth night (bass, anyone?), and at Ziggy’s, the son of Country Shooter Jennings is joined by Gangstagrass.