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by Ryan Snyder

Somewhere right now there’s a playlist with both Pelican’s “Last Day of Winter” and Haydn’s “Come, Gentle Spring!” that just got it so right. Almost as right as Lenoir foursome Yaddatu, who sound like the singer from Love on Ice joined Barefoot Truth. They’re playing Turntable on Wednesday. If you’ve got some wax that’s dying to be heard, Ember Audio + Video is opening up their decks to let you spin it on a silly-good sound system on Thursday. The debut of Asheville’s Freeway Revival, Songs from Home, has shades of Barefoot Jerry, but maybe let someone else sing, eh? They’re at the Blind Tiger, while acid rock trio People’s Blues of Richmond make great use of that “Boogie Chillen” riff at Bull’s Tavern.

On Friday, Rock Hall of Famer Leon Russell visits the Blind Tiger on the verge of the release of his first solo album in eight years. Maybe you’ll hear one amidst his standard set of great covers. Multi-hyphenate songwriter John McCutcheon brings his stunning set to the High Point Theatre. Brooklyn electropop foursome Black Taxi are a party on wheels, which bring them to the Garage. Marvelous Funkshun just slayed a pre-St. Patty’s Day crowd with Tedeschi-Trucks sideman Kofi Burbridge, and they’ll do it again at Bull’s Tavern, while Avett friends Doug and Telisha Williams play High Rock Outfitters.

By now your brackets are a smoldering slag heap, but there’s more quality entertainment on Saturday night (that doesn’t include basketball) than any night so far in 2014. That starts with Yep Roc pro hellraisers the Fleshtones at the Blind Tiger. Miami noise lords Holly Hunt will despoil Hippo Records much like they did the International Noise Conference in their hometown.

Aquatic Ceremony have all the psych rock and Monty Python references you can take at the Garage. If you like your country safe and boring, then Tyler Farr (that extra ‘r’ is for ‘redneck) is your guy at Bucked Up. Lexington blackened hardcore outfit Alignak are anything but, and their new album drops so hard at New York Pizza it’ll leave a mark. For a band with so much talent in one place, something still seems off with Missy Raines & the New Hip, who’re at Triad Acoustic Stage.

The Crown at the Carolina Theatre has a full schedule, and next up is the release party for Billy the Kid, the new record from Jack Carter & the Armory on Sunday, which sounds sort of like Barrytown fronted by Tim Buckley during his Happy Sad period. Itinerant indie rockers Lydia hit Greene Street Club with the latest permutation of Hrvrd, and Michael Goldsmith & Soulout play gospel at Ziggy’s. On Tuesday, Mass. Dub outfit the Alchemystics visit the Blind Tiger. !

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