Extended Play

by Jordan Green

Athens meets Greensboro again for an indie-rock summit at Two Art Chicks, where the clock’s running down before the canvases and amps make way for the Mellow Mushroom pizzeria. On Wednesday Athens’ We vs. the Shark join forces with Greensboro’s Hi-Rollers, with West Coasters the Sky Pilots filling out the bill.

On Thursday, Red Radio from Moore County shows up at Backstreets in Greensboro. They have a warm and eccentric mid-’70s sound that I can’t quite place in any current scene, so I’m glad they’re plying their trade. Also in Greensboro on Thursday, Two Art Chicks continues its heavy booking with the Gin Fits (a group with members in Asheville and Atlanta), Chapel Hill’s Sweater Weather, Winston-Salem’s Autopassion and Greensboro’s Embarrassing Fruits.

Over west in Winston-Salem, Texas alt-country rockers Cross Canadian Ragweed plays Ziggy’s on Thursday. I first stumbled across Cross Canadian Ragweed when I heard them interviewed on the radio during a road trip across Oklahoma. I forgot to replace the cap on the oil tank of my 1992 Toyota Corolla and lost several quarts of 10W-30. Later that night in New Mexico, the transmission seized up and that was it for my car. I suspect the two events are connected. In any case, Cross Canadian Ragweed will be forever linked in my mind with that vivid experience.

Also on Thursday, Boone’s Possum Jenkins open for Nashville’s Coal Men at the Garage.

On Friday, the Squirrel Nut Zippers preside over the party at Guilford College for the kickoff of the Fighting Quakers’ homecoming weekend. You might think that the Zippers would more aptly represent the zeitgeist of the college experience, ca. 1996, but I suppose their revived popularity is a sign of our retro times. Polecat Creek, featuring Greensboro’s Laurelyn Dossett, opens.

On Friday, the Tobacco Road Music Series at the Garage features the celebrated Terry Sullivan, supported by Winston-Salem’s Wafer Thin and Red Lipstick Society. You may not have heard of Sullivan. I know I hadn’t. A veteran of the New York scene as a front man of groups like Celibates, the Restless, the Jumpers and the Dollywatchers, he’s shared stages with Patti Smith, the Ramones, John Cale and the Replacements. His new album is called THEErthMoovsaroundTHEsun. The disc has garnered some impressive endorsements, including this from Rock 92’s Eugene Sims: “Pleasantly difficult to categorize… shades of Bowie with rays of Cheap Trick light… rock, glam, power pop – it’s all here… outstandingly damn good music.”

On Saturday, the Aggies celebrate homecoming with a slamming package show at the Greensboro Coliseum featuring Lil Wayne, Eve, Soulja Boy, Lil Boosie, J. Holiday and Gorilla Zoe. A prime exponent of Dirty South hip hop, New Orleans’ Lil Wayne’s sixth solo recording, Tha Carter III is slated for release on Dec. 18. Rolling Stone calls it “one of the most anticipated hip-hop albums of the fall.”

And here’s the rest of the schedule for the music week: Thacker Dairy Road and Hot Politics at Backstreets on Saturday; Charlotte’s Gigi Dover & the Big Love at the Garage on Saturday for the early show, with Gojira X and the Malamondos pulling the late shift; and Ed E. Ruger, StitchyC and Philly Phresh preparing the way for Halloween at Greene Street on Sunday, Oct. 28.