Extended Play. 4.10.07

by Jordan Green

WUAG 103.1 FM, UNCG’s student station, will unveil Taylor 25: A Nostalgic Retrospective during a three night run this week. “Taylor” refers to the building on Tate Street where Woo-ag broadcasts, by the way. The station’s compilations, featuring live and in-studio recordings of national touring acts and homegrown talent have become something of an institution.

The first disc features the nationals, including Man Man, Richard Buckner and Oakley Hall. Disc 2 features North Carolina favorites like the Carolina Chocolate Drops, the Never and Embarrassing Fruits. In all, 29 tracks, 29 acts.

General Manager Jack Bonney tells me that CDs will be included with the price of admission. The first show takes place Wednesday at Greene Street and features Parts & Labor, the Bronzed Chorus, the Foreigners and Boa Narrow. On the second night, the Royal Sun, Butterflies and I’ll Think About It play 2 Art Chicks. And Friday Opening Flower Happy Bird, Adam Thorn & the Top Buttons and the Hi Rollers play a free show at UNCG’s Stone Lawn. I’m not sure if you can get a free CD at this show.

Speaking of new releases, the Mantras’ self-titled debut CD is out. The rock-fusion-jazz-funk quintet has honed its chops in local venues such as the Blind Tiger, earning kudos for eclecticism and virtuosity and winning favor with jam fans. With a Battle of the Bands championship under its belt, the band boasts engagements with artists such as Randall Bramblett, Perpetual Groove and the Addison Groove Project on its resume.

Classic bluegrass fans will cheer the April 3 release of a 2-CD and DVD set of Osborne Brothers music, released by Pinecastle Records down in Polk County. The recordings of Kentucky brothers Sonny and Bobby come from a July 30, 1989 show in Streekermoor, Germany, where they performed with Bill Monroe.

Here’s the quick and dirty on the rest of the live music week:

Greenville, SC native son and plaid-wearing rock songwriter Edwin McCain plays Ziggy’s in Winston-Salem on Wednesday. The next night in Greensboro, another South Carolina act, Black Eyed Susan, will be at the Blind Tiger. A power trio, the band describes its sound as a “blend of soulful rock and funk.” Opening honors go to the local progressive metal band Nyos.

The Green Bean is intensifying music bookings this month. Thursday features the Asheville folk-rock/psychobilly unit known as Mad Tea Party. The next night brings Little Mascara and Red Lipstick Society.

Alt-country favorites Downtown Senate will be at Club Triangle in High Point on Friday the 13th and at the Blind Tiger on Saturday.

Hip-hop veteran Slick Rick rhymes at Ziggy’s on Sunday.

Also Sunday, YES! Weekly columnist Ogi Overman suggests you check out Slider, a band of veteran musicians who are getting back together for a benefit concert at Green’s Supper Club up US 29 from Greensboro. They play what our correspondent calls “good white-boy funk, just killer stuff,” covering Little Feat, the Neville Brothers and others. We understand Ogi might even get up and sing “Rivers of Babylon” with them.