by Ryan Snyder

For the old-school metalheads, Hephystus has a brand-new banger on the way called Fragmenting Shadows which will get a test run on Wednesday at the Blind Tiger in support of Traverser, while Andy Vaughn & the Driveline pour up moonshine music at the Flatiron.

Totally Slow will issue defeatist pop rock on their debut LP later this fall, and they’ll provide a live rendering in the very room in which they recorded it this Friday at Legitimate Business with Carrboro’s Midnight Plus One. The Pinkerton Raid deliver ultra-polished country pop and Tom Schreck brings a story or two to tell at the Flatiron, while Crystal Bright & the Silver Hands split the pauper crowd at New York Pizza with support from the ruckus-making six-piece Christ, Lord; Saundra Crenshaw cures insomnia at the next installment of Downtown Jazz.

Where Baton Rouge rapper Webbie has failed to make anything worth listening to over the last 10 years, he’s made up for by being an incontrovertible piece of garbage as a person. Street cred intact, he’ll play Ziggy’s on Saturday with Lil Trill, Foxx and Shells Bambino Gold, who took his name from his first pet, his favorite baseball player and the color of his teeth. The Brand New Life are the appetizer to it all at Summer On Trade. The Ghost Wolves, All Them Witches and Tusker will do their best to drown out 8 th and Trade at the Garage, while there’s every kind of prog known to man between Black Squares/ White Islands, Fair and the Foul, Huntronik and Apples and Airplanes, who play the Flatiron.

The Duhks as they were originally known and loved are back together, and they’ll visit the Blind Tiger on Sunday with Dark Water Rising. A programming snafu had the Old One-Two, Katterwaul and Slopes listed as last week at the Green Bean, but that was a just premature promulgation. It’s this Sunday, and so is more Pizza Partying at New York Pizza.

On Monday, Shantel Leitner brings heartland soul to the Flatiron with Still the Sky’s Limit, Vice or Virtue, and Linus Jones. On Tuesday, Nectar Unit’s residency continues at the Blind Tiger with Urban Soil in support, while New York Pizza serves the gnarliest of buffets of Alignak with Daily Planet, Damn Frank, Black Squares/White island, Hi-Rollers and Dumpster.