The Tunes at Noon calendar is winding down, with folk-jazz quartet Lyn Koonce & Friends kicking off the last month of Center City Park’s lunchtime series on Wednesday. Winston groovehounds Elusive Groove parlay their Ziggy’s weekly into a midweek spot at the Blind Tiger, while Charlottesville piano-rock outfit Parachute celebrate their third album, and their newfound insinuation between Rihanna and One Direction on pop radio, with Matt Hires and Andrew Ripp at Ziggy’s.
The song doesn’t always remain the same according to Afrozep’s Fela Kuti-Led Zeppelin hybrid. The Chicago hard-funk outfit wield the rungu of the gods on Thursday at the Blind Tiger. Brewski’s has found a new life on Winston-Salem’s Burke Street hub, and hip-hop authenticators Ignite and Imagery’s album release party there also represents their last gig for the foreseeable future. Jayhawks-y Nashville trio the Coal Men play the Garage with indified Boone rockers Worthless Son in Laws, featuring Possum Jenkins’ Dave Brewer on drums, and Wurlitzer Prize. The Green Bean hosts a pair of great acoustic songwriters in Laura Thurston and Leia Sadiku, while it gets loud in Turntable’s tiny room with the Alaskan Whalers, I, Anomaly and the Joel Henry Band.
Bombadil’s anthemic slice of left-field folk-pop, Metrics of Affection, is one of the best releases in the genre this year, and they’ll bring it back to Krankies on Friday with the thoughtful Boone Chamber pop group River Whyless. The ultra-twee electronic retroists Grandchildren visit the Blind Tiger, but the draw here is new, unrecorded music from the Bronzed Chorus and a chance to pick up Totally Slow’s debut 12- inch. There’s nothing fancy about the Trash Hats and the Piedmontsmen, but they get the job done, and that job is wiping the floor of New York Pizza with you.
After eight years, Renee Mendoza’s dark post-punk revisionist project Ashrae Fax is back, and the resurrection tour comes to the Flatiron on Saturday with Providence experimentalist Lazy Magnet. EMFfringe closes out its season with a free show on the Guilford College quad by Celtic fusionists Enter the Haggis with roots rockers the Steel Wheels. Country gothicists Cactus Black prep for their debut release at the Garage, while Ziggy’s hosts dub and reggae by Truth N’ Rights, Crucial Fiyah and Lion Tracks for a cause. At Brewski’s the Triad Indie Music Fest benefits music education programs with Linus Jones, Bruce Piephoff and Bebe Kern Sunday On Sunday, there’s a random tribute to Bob Marley tribute by Da Stateside Lion and Selecta Dread Lion at the Blind Tiger, while Brandon Wise & the Scorchin’ Sons inject heavy soul into at Center City Park.