Extended Play

by Jordan Green

The Everybodyfields, one of the hardest-working neo-traditional mountain music outfits on the circuit these days, drop their new album, Nothing Is Okay, on Ramseur Records on Tuesday. Ramseur, you might know, is a Concord, NC imprint that has released discs for the Avett Brothers. Strong Cakalak connections. And the Everybodyfields, who come from Johnson City, Tenn., will be gracing BB’s Compact Discs near the campus of Guilford College in Greensboro on Sept. 1 for an in-store performance; later that night they’ll join Caleb Caudle at the Garage in Winston-Salem.

The Greensboro blues scene recently lost drummer Harvey Mitchell – felled to a motor-scooter accident on Wendover Avenue – but true to form the players and fans persevere and regenerate. Look for the next young phenom or worthy veteran when the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society holds its 21st annual blues challenge at the Clubhouse on Sept. 29-30. Full details and registration forms are available at

I can’t say whether I’m casting a wider net these days, if the shows are better or that more bands are knocking down my door, but the schedule this week is plenty full.

Chapel Hill’s Endless Mic (consisting of MCs Zano and Stu!, and producer Deez) throw a release party to celebrate their new CD, Baby Geniuses, at Greene Street on Wednesday.

Ironhead, the slutty and death-obsessed raunch-metal band that is lately splitting time between Winston-Salem and Virginia Beach, shares the stage at the Garage with Trashlight Vision and Nightmare Sonata on Thursday.

Back in Greensboro on Friday the Movement, a surf reggae band from South Carolina, will be dropping the sweet beats. Also in Greensboro on Friday, catch Hot Politics at the Rhinoceros Club, Downtown Senate at the Blind Tiger, Pat Benatar at the N Club and Burt Massengale’s Big Band at the Friendly Center.

Boone’s Possum Jenkins shares billing with the Triad’s Old Stone Revue at Ziggy’s in Winston-Salem on Friday. Bombadil and Mad Tea Party go to work at the Garage. Shakori Hills’ Friday night series out in Chatham County showcases Doug & Telisha Williams.

Saturday brings the hard-rock triumvirate of Black Book Romance, the Last Hour and Mudjunkie to Ziggy’s on Saturday.

Greensboro’s hip-hop mega-show of the summer (switch-hitting for SuperJamz) is Screamfest ’07. TI, Ciara, Yung Joc, T-Pain and Lloyd rule the mics at the Greensboro Coliseum on Saturday. The same night the Mantras get spiritualized at the Blind Tiger, and Tasuma plays a benefit for Claysure, a local organization devoted to helping communities in the developing world maintain clean water through inexpensive ceramic filters, at Two Art Chicks.

The Hi-Rollers play the Flatiron in Greensboro on Aug. 26, while the Davis Tucker Trio plays Plum Krazy’s. The next night the trio appears at Liberty Steakhouse at Oak Hollow Mall in High Point.

And on Aug. 28, the Rentals, Copeland and Golden Boy show how immaculate indie rock is done at Ziggy’s.

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