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by Ryan Snyder

It’s officially official: the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts is breaking ground next year and will be operational come 2016, which is plenty of time for planners to realize that their logo looks like it should be sitting outside of a fertility clinic. We all must find a way to get by until that day, and watching Former Champions light up the dance floor at the Blind Tiger is a good start. They’re accompanied by jam heavyweights Yesterday’s Gravy and Freeway Revival.

Seacrest in? The 2013-14 season of Wake Forest’s performing-arts series begins on Thursday with the Carolina Chocolate Drops. No explanation needed. Best band name of the year goes to Asheville prog-heads Asian Teacher Factory, who are joined by the Nectar Unit at the Blind Tiger, while multi-lingual dream-pop outfit Banana Lazuli welcome back the school year with Leverage Models, the Mercators, Elemeno and Changement at New York Pizza.

Ex-Dead keyboardist and former Harvard music prof Tom Constanten resurfaces with the Normal Bean, also featuring former Widespread Panic multi-instrumentalist Cecil “P-Nut Daniels,” on Friday at the Blind Tiger. The Garage has sleazy flicks and sleazier tunes by the Malamondos, while the Yacht Rock Revue, like the ’80s, are going to be around forever. Or at least long enough to open the Central Carolina Fair at the White Oak Amphitheatre. It’s going to be a (pizza) party at New York Pizza with Radio Reds, Corporate Fandango and Dollar Signs, and at the Green Bean, standout B-More folky Eliot Bronson plays with Dylan Rockwell and Robby Hecht.

Pennsylvania punks Title Fight headline at Greene Street Club on Saturday, but you’re coming for the heavy, cathartic alt-rock of Balance & Composure. Take your date from FetLife to see Spirit System at the Garage with Economy and Replicas, or the one from RedneckMeet to check out Parmalee at the fair at White Oak. Afro-alchemists Toubab Krewe return to Ziggy’s with Sol Driven Train and the Broadcast in tow, while the Armory’s Jack Carter and Greenville, SC songwriter Caleb Fletcher go acoustic at the Green Bean. Folk-pop trio a Mad Affair come to Turntable, while Americana quintet June Rise perform at the Underground Theatre.

Outasight was supposed to have blown up by now, and it still might happen. For now, he’s opening for West Coast dub rockers Radical Something on Sunday at Greene Street Club. It’s 17 Days time, and the kickoff party is at Natty Greene’s with West End Mambo.

Monday is a great day for a bass party, and Touch People brings the beats to New York Pizza. On Tuesday, Powerkompany’s Marie Davon channels Alison Goldfrapp at the Blind Tiger.

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