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After four years in the bullpen, rap folk hero Lil’ Boosie is a free man, but he’s not running completely loose just yet. Travel restrictions canceled one of his first post-prison shows in April, and now Friday night’s Lil Boosie & Friends show at the Greensboro Coliseum show has also been shut down. It’s too bad, because with Crosby, Stills & Nash in the War Memorial, the parking lot scene could have been absolutely legendary.

In other absentee news, you generally need fingers to play guitar (unless you’re Ray Pack), and while Scale the Summit’s Blind Tiger show on Wednesday is still on, it may be done with a backing guitar track while Chris Letchford tries to reattach his. There’ll be no faking the funk at the Garage, or the twang as it happens, when songsmiths BJ Barham of American Aquarium and David Childers of Overmountain Men give solo performances.

The musical chemistry is strong between betrothed folk duo Lowland Hum, and if there’s a must-see in this year’s Tunes at Noon series, they’re it.

Rural Hall songwriter Tyler Nail has a new record on the way, and his Thursday show at High Rock Outfitters is a good place to hear it. Turntable host Lowland Hum for a prime time, and the Camel City Jazz Orchestra play a swing dance with Diana Tuffin on vocals at Milton Rhodes.

Scrappy local cultural zine Amplifier hit a rough patch in the spring and nearly ceased publication, but it’s bounced back and will release the first issue of volume two this Friday at the Blind Tiger. They’ve invited grind-y anti-punks Hot Basic and spacy rock experimentalists Ivadell to play the release party. Doug Davis & the Solid Citizens bring fine-tuned dad rock to the Garage, while Ziggy’s does hardcore DP with Stonecutters and Skullcollector at the front door and Chiodos in the back. If that’s not hot enough, the Undermanned String Band are throwing a swingers-only party at the Carolina Theatre Crown.

In an alternate universe, Winston hiphop/soul outfit Ignite & Imagery would be putting out records on Doomtree, but they’re carving out more indie cachet with the release of Second Nature at Ziggy’s. Fever Dream and Space Bear bring loud and fast guitar and rhythm without qualification on Saturday night, while Kindler and Ethos stretch out the melodies at the Crown. The Mac and Juice Quartet bring memories of many drunken Greenville nights to High Rock Outfitters, while local bluesman Big Ron Hunter plays some hot bars at Summer On Trade. !

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