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by Ryan Snyder

There was a bit of a glitch in the matrix last week with some of this week’s show’s appearing a week early. The good news is, you didn’t miss Rich Homie Quan. Cataclysmic blues-rock five-piece from Knoxville, the Black Cadillacs, are more of a can’t-miss, and they’re at the Blind Tiger on Wednesday. Chris Webby definitely walked before calling that timeout in ’93, now he’s on that How to Make it in America swag, i.e. you want to care, but just can’t. He’s at Greene Street Club with Ed E. Ruger, Top Flight, Well$ and Jacob Peoples. Rastafauxrians the Movement visit Ziggy’s, and songwriter Bruce Piephoff will start it all off with new songs from his forthcoming Soft Soap Purrings at Tunes at Noon.

Good job on voting a cover band as the area’s best new band, Triad, and the Stephen Legree band will be at the Blind Tiger on Thursday to help you think about what you did. Rich Homie Quan is going to make you feel “Some Kind of Way” for real this time at Ziggy’s. At the Green Bean, Nikki Talley stands at the intersection of New Orleans soul and mountain folk.

On Friday, Jon Brooks brings deeply provocative, highly conceptual folk to Fiddle & Bow, or just shut your brain completely off for Appetite for Destruction, Red White & Crue, and Poison’d at the Blind Tiger. There’s sleepy indie folk at Krankies by the Genuine, Tyler Nail, and Blakley Leonard & the Clay Monsters, or scuzzy blues from the Old One-two with Taylor Bays & the Laser Rays and the Raving Knaves at the Flatiron.

Matty Sheets & the Blockheads’ debut album has been a long time in the making, and it will debut at the Flatiron on Friday with support from Megan Jean & the KFB, Harry, James Marshall Owen and Jack Carter. Historically snakebitten Tennessee outfit the Features have entered calmer creative waters of late, and their eager brand of neo-psych is on display at the Blind Tiger with Charlestonians Heyrocco. Geeks & Azwholez are like Frank Zappa meets Outkast, and they’ll be featured on a massive lineup at Greene Street Club that includes upstart rapper Young Stacks LGI, while Ohio cowpunks 500 Miles to Memphis visit the Garage.

A huge cast of local talent will play the Blind Tiger on Sunday in support of local elementary teacher and part-time jazz chanteuse Allison Wood as she battles brain cancer. The benefit includes Martha Basset, Sam Frazier, Sourwood Sweet, ESP and more, concluding in an all-player jam for a great cause. (See Ogi Overman’s story on page 41)

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