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by Ryan Snyder

Big Daddy Kane said “Stop, hold up, pause” but don’t quit on this Friday’s Pioneers of Hip Hop show at War Memorial, but it’s instead going down on April 11 with Dark Gable himself, Camp Lo, Lords of the Underground, Kwamé and Special Ed. Anyone doubting that Kane still has rounds in his clip should refer to his emergency set at last September’s Hopscotch Music Festival where he slayed a packed Lincoln Theatre in place of an infirm Action Bronson.

Former Sugar bassist David Barbe imparted a perfect distillation of the ‘80s Athens sound and contemporary southern indie rock into New Madrid’s Sunswimmer, the band’s second LP, and you can hear it at the Garage on Wednesday. Towson-Glen Arm Freakouts is a new anthology by author Michael Apichella that examines the early ‘90s Baltimore teen avant garde scene, so grab a copy from Lucas Rambo when his band Sick Lion plays New York Pizza on Thursday. Sun Cult are among Greensboro’s most exciting new bands, and they’ll unleash a torrent of psychedelic drone at Hippo Records with Miami stoner rock outfit Cave of Swimmers.

Nashville has no deserts, but that’s not stopping All Them Witches from creating a quality spinoff of the peyote-fueled desolation of bands like Kyuss and Thin White Rope. They’re recording a live album at the Garage on Friday at a free show. The Female Artist Takeover starts with the return of Amelia’s Mechanics at Crop Hair Salon. The Danberrys pay tribute to Appalachian string tradition but ooze soul, and they’re playing High Rock Outfitters, while the Alaskan Whalers might have to tone down the antics for their storytellers’ session at Turntable.

Trent Wesley has a high bar to cross when he records his music video at Turntable on Saturday; the Alaskan Whalers made the blueprint for effectively raising hell in that small space. Greene Street Club will resurrect Naomi Wise and Guard My Ways for an afternoon metalcore bill, while the night show is hardcore hip-hop from Ed E. Ruger with Elite Kennedy and King Price Ent. Crystal Bright & the Silver Hands push the Female Artist Takeover forward at the Blind Tiger with late-night dream-pop from Quilla. If you feel like slumming it a little, WQFS is bringing Jack Name to present his garage opera Light Show at a fly-by-night dive at 1404 Glenwood. Brooklyn psych-surf group Clouder play Krankies with Echo Crush and Aquatic Ceremony.

The Blind Tiger has their own double bill on Sunday, starting with Hickory metalheads Deception of A Ghost early, and a CD release by Asheville jam band Makayan later. At New York Pizza, Brooklyn sevenpiece NYMPH serve up acid jazz devotionals before a Pizza Jam cameo. !

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