Extended Play

by Jordan Green

Nashville, director Robert Altman’s 1975 period piece, hearkens back to another strange presidential-election runup with populist overtones and unsettling omens. It’s also a wicked satire about a company town where the product is country music. It screens at the Werehouse in Winston-Salem on Thursday.

The rock year begins for all intents and purposes at Greene Street on Friday when Waiting for Wednesday, Cythera, Hephystus and Come What May blast off into the future.

The Delta Drift, an alt-country band from Salisbury that I’m digging right now, shares billing with the Virginia’s Dirty Truth at the Rhinoceros Club on Friday.

Jeff Norwood, the bluesman from east Mississippi and South Carolina, takes up residency at Bimini’s in High Point on Friday and Saturday.

Friday in Winston-Salem, western North Carolina’s Evoka and joins Atlanta’s Trances Arc at the Garage. Of Trances Arc, eMusic’s Barry Walters says, “Singer Eric Toledo’s prematurely aged whine prematurely aged whine simultaneously suggests both Kurt Cobain and Michael Stipe, but the similarities transcend mere tone. There’s an ambiguous fire to his delivery that deepens the ample hooks and thickens his lyrical mystery…. Without sounding the least bit studied, Trances Arc upholds early ’90s alternative rumble as the new classic rock.” Along similar lines, Evoka, who have graced these pages in the past year, revered the ’70s classic rock of Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, but their sound evokes the crafted pop sheen of Coldplay.

Here’s the rundown for live music in Winston-Salem on Saturday: The Baker Family Band, the Rum Runners and Andy Dale Petty are at the Werehouse; the Stellas and Lindy Dobbins are at Elliott’s Revue and Missy Raines & the New Hip are at the Garage.

“I once had a dream about the father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe, pop master Joe Jackson and jazz giant Ray Brown,” says Raines, whose debut album is expected early this year. “They were like… friends. They got together and jammed and it was a whole new kind of music, it was very cool…. And then I woke up and knew what I had to do.”

Her band includes guitarist Michael Witcher, who has played with everybody from Dolly Parton to Tom Petty sideman Benmont Tench, and Megan McCormick, a slide player who has made at least one previous foray to the Triad with the everybodyfields.

On Sunday, Jan. 6, Zegota, des_ark, Bellafea and Loss Prevention play the Hive, the new community center in the Glenwood section of Greensboro at 1214 Grove St. des_ark, the Durham band propelled by Aimee Argote, has notched some transcendent performances in the Gate City, at everywhere from the defunct Flying Anvil to claustrophobic basement house shows. Zegota, whose drummer is my former housemate Will Ridenour, has attained a near legendary status, although I’m somewhat embarrassed to admit that I’ve never seen them play. A band with feet planted equally in North Carolina and Stockholm, Sweden, the experimental hard-core band had gone on one of their many hiatuses when I moved to Greensboro in late 2004.

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