by Ryan Snyder

For their upcoming LP, Wilmington’s Virgin Lung have honed their twisted prog riffs and shouted harmonies into a sound that’s still as anxious and angular as early Polvo, but severe and disciplined in structure. They’ll play this Wednesday at New York Pizza with support from Lower Cases and Capitals (featuring former YES! Weekly creative Justin Jackson). Shawn Luby just released the second record by her wispy folk project Humble Tripe, featuring contributions from Butchies sidewoman Melissa York, and she’ll bring tunes to Turntable. Props to Jonny Craig for getting his career out of the grave and trying to do the same for Vonnegutt rapper Kyle Lucas; just don’t let him try to sell you a used Macbook when he comes to Greene Street Club.

Ace Hood might as well have woken up in a used Camry, because A&T hands down won the battle of the Triad HBCU concerts this year. The “Bugatti” rapper will flex some lyrical muscle for the Rams on Thursday at the Millennium Center with Dom Kennedy and August Alsina. At the Blind Tiger, Keystone bluegrass sextet Cabinet hook up with Stephen Murray of Holy Ghost Tent Revival.

The most attended show thus far at the new Ziggy’s? Sevendust. They return on Friday. Two excellent melodic punk bands in Unifier and Handsome Foxes drop new EPs at the Blind Tiger, while Totally Slow, Barrow, the Old One-Two, geeKs & azWHOLEz and Linnet play the Punk Rock Flea Market at Greensboro Roller Derby. Roots-country songwriter Angela Easterling visits Fiddle & Bow, and Thomas Wynn & the Believers are back at the Garage with Blues Extract. Krankies has Norwegian noise by Staer, and New York Pizza hosts philoso-rap by J-Memory, Daily Planet and Trapbo’ Chad.

While Winston-Salem waits on its own Vice Guide, Airtype’s Field Guide will suffice in the meantime. The release party goes down at Krankies with the sounds of Jews & Catholics, the Genuine and more Saturday. Winston funk trio the Heritage drop their new album Systematically at the Garage on Saturday with support from Asheville’s Broadcast, while the UNC-SA Symphony Orchestra presents “Wagner and his World” at the Stevens Center and Georgia mathcore outfit the Chariot’s farewell run hits Greene Street Club.

Athens’ Easter Island have been compared favorably with some of the best ambient/shoegaze acts around, and they play the Garage on Sunday. At the Greensboro Coliseum, A Day to Remember’s House Party tour won’t quite be so intimate.