Extended Play

by Jordan Green

The rock kids, a tribe exhibiting the traits of unbridled passion and steadfast loyalty, converge on Greene Street in downtown Greensboro on Wednesday for a display of soaring pop harmonies and flamboyant rock-guitar pyrotechnics courtesy of Armor for Sleep, Four Year Strong, Mercy Mercedes and the International Drive.

The following night Kavish celebrates the release of its new CD, Overcoming Gravity, at the Garage in Winston-Salem with the help of several guests, including the Fabulous Fakestras, Mitchell Snow, Lee Terry, Doug Davis and Leslie Kerr, who contributed to the album. Featuring husband-wife team Amy and Ken Mohan on guitar and bass respectively and Shannon Kerr on drums, Kavish boasts a droney, amplified hard-rock sound. I have to come clean that I learned about this band mostly as a result of my many house-sitting stints in Julian for the guitarist’s parents, who attend the same Episcopal church as I.

The everybodyfields, the eastern Tennessee neo-traditional duo pairing the strangled tenor of Sam Quinn with the angelic voice of Jill Andrews, returns to the Garage on Friday, this time with support from Brian McGee & the Hollow Speed from Asheville.

Over in the ‘boro on Friday, the Urban Sophisticates, mixing an ebullient Philly horns-and-funk sound with laid-back and down-to-earth rapping, takes the stage at Greene Street. They’ll be joined by Live Society and Kaos Mathematics.

The effervescent, funky and down-to-earth roots sounds of Thacker Dairy Road carries into the street at the Blind Tiger on Greensboro’s Walker Avenue on Saturday. Fellow travelers in crowd-pleasing, rootsy organic groove Old Stone Revue play over in Guilfordland at the Clubhouse on the same night with the Radials, some young Turks with the audacity to channel the Flying Burrito Brothers.

Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 20 Greensboro’s War Memorial Auditorium showcases Movin’ Out, a musical choreographed and directed by Twyla Tharp that is based on 24 classic songs by the pride of Long Island, Billy Joel. Whether or not Billy Joel is cool is a subject of long-running debate here at YES! Weekly, but I’m afraid we won’t resolve it in this limited space.

If you find yourself unoccupied in Greensboro on Saturday night, you might check out a screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the 1975 cross-dressing, glam-rock cult classic. The flick shows at the Greensboro Cultural Arts Center on North Davie Street, as a benefit to raise money the Triad Pride Men’s Chorus.

Gentleman country-rocker Caleb Caudle his band the Bayonets, join Sleepy Horses (described by Macon’s Amped as “West Texas Yo La Tengo) and Salisbury’s Delta Drift on Saturday.

The hip-hop group Heavy Contact performs at the Green Burro in Greensboro on Saturday as part of a voter registration drive for Democratic congressional candidate Jay Ovittore, who aims to topple septuagenarian Howard Coble in the 6th District come November.

The Garage launches its “American Music Showcase” with Dave Matthews sideman Tim Reynolds his electric trio, TR3 on Jan. 22.