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by Jordan Green

Alas, the release of Alina Simone’s new album, Everyone Is Crying Out to Me, Beware, has been pushed back by her label, 54-40 or Fight!, until this summer. Simone has postponed her April 15 concert at the Carrboro Arts Center until October.

Apollo’s Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra and guest mezzo-soprano Jennifer Larmore perform at Wait Chapel on the campus of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem on Wednesday.

WUAG FM, the campus station at UNCG, presents Man Man, the Extraordinaires and Calabi Yau at Greene Street on Wednesday.

Aiden, Madina Lake, My American Heart and Farewell to Freeway perform at the Soundvent in Thomasville on Thursday.

In Winston-Salem on Thursday, two Durham bands share the stage at Elliott’s Revue. One, Red Collar, falls comfortably under the “indie rock” banner. And with a name like Dirty Little Heaters, you know right away that the second band plays loud, nasty rock and roll. One song is called “Who’s Got the Blow?” and their MySpace site describes their sound as something like “Blue Cheer pulling a train on your mother.” Raleigh News & Observer critic David Menconi’s comparison of singer Reese McHenry to Janis Joplin is by no means off the mark.

Bluegrass-inflected Sourwood Sweet plays Hampster’s Deli, a new non-smoking venue in Thomasville, on Friday.

Carrboro folk rocker Jeff Crawford and the Love Language, who play Carolina-proud big-beat pop music, show up at Elliott’s Revue on Friday.

Across the street at the Garage on the same night, Memphis soul diva Amy LaVere leads a bill that includes the Toughcats, Kelley & the Cowboys and Big Daddy Love.

The Three Days Grace and Breaking Benjamin concert at Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center on Friday has sold out.

The same night, bluegrass-folk guitarist Stevie Coyle (formerly of the Waybacks) plays at Mack & Mack (220 S. Elm St., Greensboro). At Greene Street, hometown heroes House of Fools shares the bill with Limbeck, Holy Ghost Tent Revival and John Ralston. The latter artist, a Florida native, is promoting his 2007 album Sorry Vampire. And Evan Olson does his thing at Cooper’s Ale House.

On Saturday in Winston-Salem, Baltimore’s Microkingdom shows up at the Werehouse. Taradactyl, strange shirtless synth-rocking men in masks from Emerald Isle, returns to Elliott’s Revue, while Mark Stuart, the Bowmans, Scott Leftwich & the Atarians and Slushie play for the people at the Garage.

Two out-of-town metal bands – Burden of a Day from Florida and Once Nothing from Pittsburgh – lead the bill at Remix VIP in Greensboro. Here’s the first interesting part: The show is being promoted by the Soundvent, a Thomasville metal club, and is being held at a venue that was formerly the Flying Anvil before it was sold and refashioned as an urban dance club. Second interesting piece is the three other bands, all from the Piedmont Triad region: High Point’s Return the Hero; Mount Airy’s a City Scene Under Fire, a progressive metal-Southern rock unit that professes a Christian faith; and Reidsville’s Though He Slay Me (likewise Christian metal).

Anonymous plays Brewballs in Burlington on Saturday.

Drummer Derico Watson, a touring member of the Victor Wooten Band, holds a clinic and performance at the Maiden High School auditorium in Hickory on March 9.

Asheville experimental-rock unit Darpa appears at Elliott’s Revue in Winston-Salem on March 9, while the same night finds Los Angeles’ Har Mar Superstar and Greensboro’s Adam Thorn at Greene Street in the Gate City.

Shiloh, a band from the Rocky Mount-Wilson area, plays the regional finals of the Bodog Battle of the Bands in Atlanta on March 10. The two winners from regional finals reportedly go to the South-by-Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas to contend against bands from Europe and Canada for a $1 million contract with Bodog Music.

And on March 11, Los Angeles-based “self-proclaimed Mardi-Gras keyboard madman” Bob Malone tickles the ivories at the Garage.

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