by Ryan Snyder

The sound emanating out of Nashville right now isn’t country or gospel, it’s synccore — generic, catchy indie rock and pop that sounds written specifically with that new Audi spot or a “We Are Men” bumper in mind. There aren’t finer examples than Moon Taxi and Machines Are People Too, and they’re at Ziggy’s on Wednesday. Ever want to be dominated? Don’t answer that. But on the low, Charlotte scuzz masters Paint Fumes will whip you like the gimp you wish you were. They’re at with Drag Sounds, Ramps and Sexual Lightning Bolt at Krankies.

Estrangers’ Philip Pledger has heard the faulty comparison of his band to the Love Language a few too many times, and with SECCA’s Crossroads #008 on Thursday, two fine North Carolina lo-fi songwriters will set themselves apart. Cue up a Ron Paul gif because “It’s Happening!” Greensboro Fest kicks off at Maya on Tate with thoughtful, sparsely structured prog by Black Squares/White Islands. Act 2 is at New York Pizza later with chippy punk by Totally Slow and PBR-a-p by Mack Papers. Greensboro brass-rock outfit Brandon Wise & the Scorchin’ Sons’ debut Sunshine All Over You sounds like Paul Weller fronting the Honeybears, and the release party at the Blind Tiger.

More from GSOFest: Drag Sounds and Ameriglow are the best one-two punch of the weekend, and they’re at the Green Leaf Co-op. Life sucks when you’re 35 and your label is Cracker Barrel. Just ask Jason Michael Carroll, who comes to Bucked Up Saloon.

The jewel of Merge Records right now is guitarist William Tyler, who might as well be Bert Jansch reincarnated. He returns to the Garage on Saturday. So much GSOFest, so little space. Highlights: Indierockers Time Machine Drive-By at the Blind Tiger. Philly surf punks Damn Frank at CFBG. Punishing prog two-piece the Hi Rollers at Empire Books. Doom almighty by Windhand at Legit Biz.

Another GSOFest in the books on Sunday, as Jack Carter & the Armory follow up an excellent Daytrotter session at the Green Bean. Crossover godrockers Needtobreathe headline at Ziggy’s with honeyed folk-pop foursome Ivan & Alyosha in tow.

Zack Mexico’s Ephemera is here, and the Triad release goes down at the Garage on Tuesday with ex-Sic Alps frontman Mike Donovan. SOJA came up in the sleaziest of coastal digs to make it big, and they’re at Ziggy’s with Nahko & Medicine for the People. This week really had everything… except the ToadFrogs.