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by Ryan Snyder

Ever just like, lay in the grass, stare up at the clouds and let your mind just float, man? That’s the music of Andrew Gibson in a nutshell, and he plays Tunes at Noon on Wednesday. At the Blind Tiger, Brennan Fowler of Imperial Blend spins ambient bitpop as No Deals.

Turntable has the cure for the Bonnablues starting on Thursday when they stream all four days of the festival’s webcast on their big screen. Alaskan Whalers and I, Anomaly bring their house show heroics to the Blind Tiger with the Raving Knaves, while a Mad Affair and Sourwood Sweet play sweetheart folk at the Garage.

Look to the right and read a good reason to check out Estrangers’ album-release party on Friday, but if another is needed, their support the Human Eyes is basically a North Carolina indie-rock supergroup, and Body Games is the sexy, vocodered icing on the cake. The Music Academy of the American South and the Charlie Poole Festival both kick off on Friday to immerse you in highly specific and incredibly cool musical universes. Cathalyn Roberts offers bluesy folk at the Green Bean with the Broken Parts, while Willower offers ambient folk that’s both brave and beautiful at the Flatiron along with the fabulous guitarist Polina Kourakina.

Florida folk-rock six-piece Roadkill Ghost Choir are primed for a breakout, so maybe catch them while they’re cheap with Wurlitzer Prize at the Blind Tiger on Friday. Drowning in the past? Yacht Rock Revue has your life vest at Ziggy’s — it’s called the ’80s, and it’s going to be around forever. Rob Nance offers fine picking and new tunes from Lost Souls and Locked Doors at the Green Bean, and the Broadcast bring buckets of soul to the Garage with pinpoint prog from Sumilan. April Mae & the June Bugs play the Cigar Box Guitar Festival at the High Point Museum. Surprised they didn’t get Paul McCartney. Les Racquet bring their fist-pumping jams to Bulls Tavern, and Nifty Breed take indecent liberties with the “experimental” tag at New York Pizza.

On Sunday, work out your daddy issues via the Kickin’ Grass Band at the Blind Tiger, but really good kids bought their dads tickets to see Dave Chappelle at the Stevens Center. On Tuesday, check out the Kopecky Family Band’s Fleetwood Mac swag at the Blind Tiger. If Mike Posner can do it, why not Mike Stud? He’s at Greene Street Club.

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