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Wednesday night is a family affair at the Blind Tiger, as Kenny and Dennis Stadelman lead Tampa Bay funk-rock crew Cope to headline a dance party featuring the Trongone Band (complete with two guys named John Trongone) at the Blind Tiger. Thursday’s dance party at the Crown at Carolina Theatre is a little more complex in nature, and there’s more on that in the Forecast.

The Eastern music Festival’s Fringe series is back for another round of “This-isfringe-only-if-Classical-is-your-baseline” with the ever-audacious country-folk of Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line at Triad Stage. There’s much more on Ameriglow’s eclectic new album just inches away, but the fabulously rangy lineup of their release party on Friday at the Blind Tiger will leave no button unpushed. There’s garage-punk from Totally Slow, bruising thrash from Born Hollow, Black Squares/White Islands playing melodic prog, and Dailyplanet and Mackport there for the hip-hop heads. Winston-Salem’s Small Planes have been channeling Silversun Pickups in the handful of tracks they’ve dropped this year, but they’ll offer more than that when they play the Garage with apocalyptic folk outfit A Bottle Volcanic, Pretend Surprise and Bombardier. The country-rap crossover has moved past novelty status to something people will just have to live with, and one of its innovators, Big Smo, pops bottles a month after his major label debut at Bucked Up Saloon. Standout Knoxville folk group Cereus Bright are playing a couple of dates with alt-country hero Sturgill Simpson later this month, but they’ll join up with Jamestown duo Falls at Turntable in the mean time. Yarn at High Rock Outfitters.

Fringe continues on Saturday with the country cabaret of the Defibulators at Triad Stage, while Judy Barnes, Must Be the Holy Ghost and I, Anomaly get together to benefit a very ill friend at Krankies. The Raving Knaves and the Tremors play Mods vs. Rockers at the Green Bean. Chamber-folk group Birds & Arrows play one of their all-to-rare sets at Turntable with Jacqui Haggerty and an acoustic set from the Kneads at Turntable. 44 Love play hard-driving mountain music to the Garage with Vel Indica and Suitcase, while the Heritage and Marvelous Funkshun bring jammy funk-rock to the Blind Tiger and Bull’s Tavern respectively.

On Monday, there is no other than the pride of Metal Blade Records, the lords of death metal, the one and only Cannibal Corpse at Ziggy’s. !

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