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by Ryan Snyder

It’s either a credit to their ability to continuously find new ways to reinterpret the same songs or to the patience of their fans, but next month will mark 10 years since LA rock improv outfit Particle released their only studio record, Launchpad. It’ll have company soon enough though, as the long-time-coming follow-up was just announced, along with a tour by its retooled lineup, which comes to Ziggy’s on Wednesday. For more or less the same music plus a corny Arrested Development reference, check out Mister F with the One and the Many at the Blind Tiger.

More from the files of bands whose best days came in the mid 2000s, but are poised for a good year with new albums about to drop, Athens garage rock revivalists the Whigs come to the Blind Tiger on Thursday with some strong new tunes and Roseland in support. Luke Bryan and Lee Brice bring all the tailgating anthems you can stomach to the Greensboro Coliseum. Florida one-man band Lone Wolf plays discordant rockabilly at the Garage, while Zach Deputy, the jam scene Jimmy Buffett, plays High Rock Outfitters.

Plenty of options for ways to share your VD with your loved one on Friday. The Wailin’ Jennys bring the best of Canadian bluegrass to the Carolina Theatre. Durham eccentric Curtis Eller plugs his banjo in on his new record to lace his politically charged rants with some ’60s garage rock, and he’ll introduce them at Turntable. The great David Childers joins old-time trio the South Carolina Broadcasters at High Rock Outfitters. At the Garage, Chicago folk singer Dan Tedesco hooks up with local songwriters Alan Peterson and the Genuine. At Empire Books, Silent Lunch, R Father and Cucumbers play twisted punk and Garage with a DJ set by Adam Thorn. At the Dynacon Center, Charlotte neo-soul singer Rae Ellis is smoother than cocoa butter. On “30 Rock,” Liz tries to figure out who sent her flowers.

If V-Day was a bust, you get one more chance to treat ’em right through Chubb Rock at the Dynacon Center. Charlotte outfit Amigo offer roots rock with a twist of the Lubbock sound at the Garage with the Debonzo Brothers and John Loos. The UNCG Student Power Union presents Manna Frost Trio, Carmen Bliss, Dante CK and Corporate Fandango at the Blind Tiger. Lo-fi Baltimoreans the Other Colors visit Krankies with Drag Sounds and Cakes Ov Light. Doug Davis plays tunes from the second of four new EPs at the Green Bean, and as if things around here weren’t about to get weird enough, Ultra Pulverize do a live re-scoring of “Robocop” at Geeksboro. Robocop! !

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