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by Ryan Snyder

My byline first appeared in this space five years ago today after I said I’d give it two, tops. Guess I got what I deserved.

Bare the Traveler’s debut Show Yourself In came out of left field in early September, but it should instantly be counted among the better North Carolina releases this year. The band’s Mumfordian, but non-saccharine brand of folk punk only sheepishly nods to the metal juvenilia its six members created in bands like Fastest Kid in Fifth Grade and My Hero Is Me, but their live shows demonstrate the benefit of playing for the feistiest of audiences. They play a free one at Ziggy’s following Passion Pit’s show on Wednesday.

On Thursday, swingin’ country rockers the Grand Ole Uproar support Modern Robots latest at New York Pizza. Flip to the Forecast for more on that. Brooklyn duo Graph Rabbit’s folk is dreamy and conceptual, and they’re taking on their gorgeous debut Snowblind from top to bottom at the Green Bean. Dave Fox’s cosmic blues outfit the Meldavians descend upon Greensboro College, while Viva La Muerte infuse Workingman’s Dead-style country with a dash of Texicana at the Blind Tiger.

Burlington jam outfit the Big Something are blowing up right before our eyes, and their fall tour visits the Blind Tiger on Friday. Tyler Nail and Jonathan Loos have shifted back into original works following a great Levon Helm tribute project, and they’ll support another legend in Dexter Romweber at the Garage. The Flatiron has given up on updating its website, but there’s still a pulse in the form of a set by Philly emcee Floco Torres. Crystal Bright & the Silver Hands don’t have the power of bilocation, but they do have an early show at the Greensboro Cultural Arts Center and a later one at Ziggy’s.

Black Squares/White Islands debut EP Designer Drugs can be noisy, like Prince stuck on the opening riff to “When Doves Cry,” and it can be as introspective as early Don Caballero. New York Pizza plays host to its release party this Saturday, while Raleigh hell raisers American Aquarium visit the Blind Tiger.

At Turntable, Brooklyn indie pop duo Rabbit & the Hare offer sweet harmonies to the living-room crowd.

Hatebreed’s bassist had to drop off tour after breaking his wrist and elbow while gardening. No lie. They’re still coming to Greene Street Club on Sunday with the incredible Shadows Fall, while J. Holiday is tryin’ to put you to bed-bed-beh-ed at Ziggy’s.

Blues Traveler are playing Ziggy’s on Monday and you’re calling in sick on Tuesday.

Unrelated: Tuesday is also the day of the next installment of Wake Forest’s excellent Secrest Series, where they’ll welcome the brilliant Jerusalem Quartet.

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