Extended Play

by Jordan Green

Greensboro pop-country chanteuse Lisa Dames hosts the “Locals Only” show on Majic 94.1 FM every Sunday at 8 p.m. Dames plays only North Carolina-based artists performing their original music.

Dames’ play list has covered everyone from Vaughan Penn to Stratocruiser, Martha Bassett, Andrew Eversole, the Fairlanes, Sin Tax and the Mantras. She’s actively recruiting new talent. Send your CD and contact information to 200 Radio Drive, Lexington, NC 27292, attention Locals Only. The Wu Tang Clan is scheduled for Jan. 9 at the N Club in Greensboro. Wu Tang was the seminal hip-hop crew in the early ’90s, and played a major role in shifting attention back to New York City after NWA gave Los Angeles its moment of dominance. While I don’t pretend to understand every facet of the live music business, my guess is that strong advance ticket sales will help ensure that the show actually jumps off come January. Big Bang Boom does it for kids — and we’re talking about 7, not 17 — at the Blind Tiger in Greensboro on Wednesday from 3 to 4 p.m. Dead Western and Joe Blevins share the stage at the Werehouse in Winston-Salem on Wednesday. Also in Camel City, but on the following night, Menage a Rock throws down at the newly opened Oasis Club in Winston- Salem. San Diego’s After the Crash performs at the Raven in Burlington on Thursday. My first month in Greensboro in December 2004 I foolishly passed up a chance to see the Avett Brothers at the Green Bean. My housemate, Mark Dixon, gave an ecstatic review. “That’s the last time they’ll be playing a venue that size,” he said. Almost four years later, their Halloween show at Greensboro’s War Memorial Auditorium is sold out. See how it goes? Not to worry. There are plenty of other live music options for Halloween, which falls on a Friday this year. The Mantras traffic in transporting funk laced with a good dose of psychedelia at the Blind Tiger in Greensboro. Hot Politics dishes out a more purified strain of the Felement at the Rhinoceros Club and Invisible appears at the Weatherspoon Art Museum at UNCG with the aforementioned Dixon’s gigantic homemade drum machine and a clothes dryer. My own attempts to describe the band’s music have fallen short, so I’ll defer to the band’s publicity materials, which reference “a variety of electronics, video samples and found sound collages” and an “unexpected and unpredictable blend of instrumental post-punk, dub, dance and electronica.” Eastward in Burlington, the Demonstration celebrates the release of its new CD with Killwhitneydead at the Raven on Halloween. In Winston-Salem, the Werehouse lists seven bands on its Halloween-night lineup. They’re not saying who, but the listing warns, “Costume required, no exception seriously.” Elliott’s Revue’s stage is back in use, and Buffalo does the honors for the spooky holiday. Audioform, Charlotte exponents of the Afro-funk form, join Wilmington’s jazz-hip hop-soul fusionist crew Fuzz & Mac at the Garage on Saturday. Mandolinist Tony Williamson appears at Mack and Mack in downtown Greensboro with son Hardy’s band, Rift, for a Triad Acoustic Stage showcase on Saturday. Email for reservations. Brooklyn’s Usaisamonster, the Bronzed Chorus and Bolmangani at the Werehouse on Monday, Nov. 3. After that, the fate of the world is sealed for at least four years, for better or worse.