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by Ryan Snyder

Keep Greensboro bassist Orlando Thompson in your thoughts as he battles back from a health scare that came about while on tour with the Eric Gales Trio in Hamburg, Germany. Thompson’s fastidious, church-born rhythm can recently be heard on Gales’ scorching instrumental album, Ghost Notes. The temps have dropped from last week, but Bostonbased sunshine merchants Spiritual Rez brings the island vibe with them when they play the Blind Tiger on Wednesday.

Animals As Leaders are as capable of a technically astounding, but absolutely mindless chugfest as they are thoughtprovoking and soulful prog-metal, but it’s hard to say which one will show up to their Greene Street Club date. Montreal band Each Other’s garage pop will charm the pants right off you, and they’re playing Krankies along with the Girlfriends and the debut of Winston Facials, an offshoot of Burglar F—er and Futurenature. Orpheus Chamber Orchestra takes on standard classical fare at Wait Chapel, but hardly anything is standard in the hands of violin phenom Ryu Goto.

Tune into WSNC 90.5 on Thursday evening at 6 p.m. for part one of Music of the Civil Rights Movement and Black Consciousness Movements, a pretty compelling, WSSU-co-produced examination of the songs that shaped the movement. Burlington folk-rock outfit Be the Moon bring their expanded four-piece lineup to the Blind Tiger, but the Deluge might have to scale down to accommodate Turntable.

Part two of Music of the Civil Rights Movement and Black Consciousness Movements airs on WSNC 90.5 at 5 p.m. Dream pop outfit Jenny Besetzt have emerged from their slumber with a brand new recording to show for it, and you can hear some when they play New York Pizza on Friday with Drag Sounds and Fever Dream. If Brantley Gilbert and Luke Bryan are arena-worthy headliners, then Brett Eldredge should be fast-tracked after his excellent debut last year. Catch him while you can at Bucked Up Saloon. Lexington alt-country troubadour Zach Tilley plays Turntable, while Onyx Bar hosts hard rock from Cactus Black, Skullcollector and Jacked Up Joe.

Eric Gales is holding a guitar clinic at the Music Loft on Saturday afternoon, and that’s a pretty big deal. If you like rap laced with anger, resentment and a little humor, Hopsin is your guy at Greene Street Club. Tuesday saves the best for last, as Florida indie-pop quartet Surfer Blood brings Beatles-esque hooks to the Blind Tiger. !

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