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by Jordan Green

Greensboro super bar band the Hall Monitors plays the Blind Tiger on Wednesday. If you’ve never heard of the Walrus and Sam Frazier, I ask what planet have you been living on. Also on Wednesday, the soundman I know only as Dave informs me that Shiela Klinefelter’s blues jam has returned to the Clubhouse after a residency at Plum Krazy’s.

Over in Winston-Salem, the ethereal and disturbing Dead Elephant Bicycle shares the bill with Lovely Leaves, Land What Land? and Leslie Gore at the Werehouse on Wednesday.

On Thursday, the Blind Tiger brings in the much beloved Guta from Greenville.

All the cool stuff happens over in Winston-Salem, right? Winstonites are way too cool to admit it. On Thursday, alt-country tunesmiths Joe Blevins of Old Stone Revue and Caleb Caudle of the Lowland share the bill at the Garage. The Dead Science, the Tiny Meteors and Adam Thorn & the Top Buttons (the two opening bands are from Greensboro) play the Werehouse the same night.

Also on Thursday, the Canadian ambient metal band the End plays Ziggy’s. “Whether the guitars swell or shred, whether the drums pound or penetrate a gorgeous echo,” Alternative Press avers, “the result is the same: grandeur.”

Friday brings gangsta rapper Coolio to Greene Street in Greensboro. He’ll have support from the legions of Greensboro’s hip-hop underground. Friday also marks the kickoff of First Fridays, a cooperative venture of downtown Greensboro merchants that includes live music at Metro Market and Cheesecakes By Alex.

There’s all kinds of stuff going on Friday, people.

Possum Jenkins from Boone, Carolina Clearwater and Old Stone Revue play Ziggy’s on Friday. Possum Jenkins and Old Stone Revue played a memorable show together at the Blind Tiger last September. Blevins recently told me it was the first and only time has band has played in Greensboro.

The Cyril Lance Outskirts of Infinity Collective Experience Arkestra presents “A Full Night of Bob Dylan Outskirts-Style” at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro on Friday. And the Triangle’s Mosadi will be at Rubber Soul in Winston-Salem.

This kind of thing doesn’t happen every day in dry Asheboro. Joseph Barrino (yep, Fantasia’s daddy) hosts a talent search for Jodiba Records at the Sunset Theatre in Asheboro on Saturday. He’s on the lookout for R&B, gospel, hip-hop and country acts.

Back in Winston-Salem, the bluegrass band Seldom Scene will be at Ziggy’s. Downtown Senate and the Moe Greens will play the Garage.

The hardcore fans should pay Burley a visit at the Somewhere Else Tavern. Aedora, Yearling, A Cadence of Sorts and the International Drive will no doubt have the floor bouncing.

If you like to avoid the fraternity brothers and encounter off-hours weirdness, Monday is a good night to see a show. Bob Wayne & the Outlaw Carnies at Ziggy’s shouldn’t disappoint. The Seattle band makes good use of the mandolin and flies under the MySpace motto: “The devil’s after my soul.” Opening will be High Point’s HonkyTonk Special. Both bands, incidentally, employ skull-and-crossbones logos.

And finally, jazz guitarist John Scofield and the UNCG Jazz Ensemble will be at Guilford College’s Dana Auditorium on April 10.

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