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by Ryan Snyder

Tigerpalooza begins on Wednesday at the Blind Tiger with Asheville electronic improv trio Papdosio and Middle-Eastern funk fusionists Consider the Source, while Minnesota progressive metal outfit After the Burial will tease their forthcoming album at Greene Street with the Contortionist. Cali ska punks the Dirty Heads lumped together with slickly-orchestrated synthpunks Shiny Toy Guns at Ziggy’s is an odd pairing, to say the least. The same can’t be said for rootsy songwriters Jonathan Byrd and Martha Bassett, who join hands for a set Centenary United Church.

On Thursday, virtuoso picker and MerleFest vet Jeff Little visits GTCC Entertainment Tech Building. Blair Crimmins & the Hookers are part old-school medicine show and part Dixieland fever dream, and they’ll play the Flatiron with Julian Sizemore. Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band heads up night two of Tigerpalooza with ESP, while Chicago folk winger Dan Tedesco offers hardscrabble highway music at the Green Bean and DC-based pop troubadours Alex Vans & the Hideaway join Luna Arcade and Skyfoot at the Garage. And Artimus Pyle’s seed Chris will drum for Asheville funk n’ roll trio the Get Right Band at Guilford College.

On Friday, Asheville rock-and-soul six-piece the Broadcast review their forthcoming debut album at the Garage, while Dead tribute Cosmic Charlie play Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon for Night 3 of Tigerpalooza. There’s a Crap Rock All Stars sighting at the Green Bean with Elkin folkrockers Time Sawyer, and the Clubhouse plays host to the next installment of Gate City Cypher, featuring Ed E. Ruger, the Alpha Male Society, SkyBlew, Chedda Chapp, Hostile Natives, Hawkface and Joose Jones.

Record Store Day falling on April 20 is like the Venus Transit of Stonerdom, meaning that lines outside local record shops should be navigable, what with everyone losing track of time and all. Go get that Coltrane Newport ’61. The sXe 4/20 party goes down at the Greensboro Coliseum with godrockers Third Day, or praise Jah and break the lambsbread with Pure Fiyah and Dub Axxess at Ziggy’s. Punks of the intemperate variety will find salvation with tthe Piedmontsmen, the Ghost of Saturday Nite and Dumpster at the Flatiron. The Mantras close out Tigerpalooza with Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, and Raleigh psych rockers Birds of Avalon make a long overdue return to Krankies. On Tuesday, Imperial Blend close out their April Blind Tiger residency, fittingly, with a celebration of the fire element with help from producer crew Deltanine.

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