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by Ryan Snyder

On the hand-basket ride to hell, the soundtrack might be The Devil Herself, the end-times-obsessed carnival of the macabre that Megan Jean & the KFB released early this year. She and her husband (the KFB) will stomp, squeeze and bow it out at New York Pizza on Wednesday with the Slowdrivers, while frequent show mates the Grand Ole Uproar whip up a country tornado of their own at Foothills Brewery.

Those at Of Montreal’s Greensboro stop back in May might remember the Tom Tom Club-like transformation they made into guitarist Davey Pierce’s neon-dipped dance side project, Yip Deceiver. They’re bringing that show in full to Krankies on Thursday with support from Wilde Blood, maybe Winston-Salem’s best synth-pop act. Hippo Records continues to carve out its niche with a six-band showcase at the Blind Tiger, headed up by Greensboro power brass outfit Brandon Wise & the Scorchin’ Sons and howling blues-punk duo the Alaskan Whalers. It won’t have anything as heavy as Greensboro deathcore group Patterns, who lead a lineup that includes the imminently disturbing Butcher of Rostov and the proggy In Waves.

Boone rock siren Melissa Reaves is throwing a holiday party at the Garage on Friday, and for the dozen people who know what these words mean, Fatjoy is reuniting at the Blind Tiger. ElisaRay offer deeply spiritual chamber-folk at Turntable, while Richmond’s Ar-kaics offer the blueprint for how garage-rock was made in the ’60s at New York Pizza with Ameriglow and Trouble.

Asheville songwriter Aaron “Woody” Wood’s voice has the grainy soul of an old kodachrome photograph and he’s a superlative guitarist to boot, so put his set at High Rock Outfitters at the top of your to-see list. Will be that band you think you saw at the Big Sip, and if you make it to the after-party at the Blind Tiger, Piedmont Songbag and Imperial Blend await. John Howie Jr. gets behind the kit for the picture-perfect punk of the P-90s at the Garage, while Durham foursome Arrows Out make cinematic instrumental rock at the Green Bean with Pripyat and Eric and Erica.

The Greensboro Symphony play their annual holiday concert at the Greensboro Coliseum for those who come bearing canned food, while songwriter David Wimbish breaks bread with friends at the Green Bean with Portland folk sextet the Breaking Yard. !

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