Degree fulfillment recitals are usually unglorified academic rigors, rites of passage as rife with apprehension as they are bereft of buzz. Then some are real events, and Silver Hands sideman Aaron Bond’s might be just that. His senior recital, the Hammond Suite, will spotlight the elegance of the Hammond tonewheel organ at the Blind Tiger on Wednesday, backed by a 10-piece band. Things are far simpler at the Garage, where twin sister act Good Graeff play sunny folk pop on cello and guitar with support from local noisemakers the Bosnian Pyramids. Thursday’s light docket is balanced by heavy jams from Electric Soul Pandemic with Baltimore road warriors Pigeons Playing Ping Pong at the Blind Tiger.
The Crown at the Carolina Theatre is real and it’s beautiful, and so is its pairing of local pop-punk heroes Unifier with Boston rockers Somos, a band that trades dynamics for heart and packs more hooks than Bassmasters. For new grads of Kidz Bop, the flashier, fluffier version of the Crown show happens at Greene Street with We Are the In Crowd, William Beckett, Set It Off and State Champs. David Allan Coe is more likely to ride a Hoveround onto stage than a Harley now, but it doesn’t make him any less outlaw. He’ll play the big room at Ziggy’s with local country hopeful Jonny Mont, while the centuries-old struggle between greasers and punks wages on upstairs with the Tremors and Nightmare Sonata. Ex-SteelDriver frontman Chris Stapleton has been called the best voice in Nashville, and he’ll bring it to Johnny ‘N Junes. You might remember Jana Kramer from such hit shows as “One Tree Hill,” but now she’s looking for that hit country song. She’ll play Bucked Up with Canaan Smith and Austin Webb, while High Point folk rock trio Fictive Kin play Turntable.
Johnathan Loos, Tyler Nail and Colin Alured will be the focus of a songwriters’ forum at the Underground Theatre hosted by 88.5 WFDD’s David Ford on Saturday. Starting to believe there’ll never be another Paleface album, but he’ll never disappoint live, and his next stop is at the Garage with Jews and Catholics. Cactus Black perform their album Las Cruces in its entirety at Underdog Records. Ziggy’s goes big with Big Daddy Love and Big Something, while jazz rock trio Les Racquet visit Bull’s Tavern for the first of two.
Shiloh Hill and Sleeping Policeman play a show at Turntable. The Demon Deacons are in high spirits after Bdzelik got canned, so crash their Reel Big Fish party on Monday. T. Mills might be the best Canadian rapper not actually from Canada, and he’s at Greene Street Club on Tuesday. !