Extended Play

by Jordan Green

Perestroyka, a young aggro psychedelic rock band who as teenagers dispensed ’70s style guitar chops like it was their birthright, is recording its first full-length album, Paradigm, at Think Sound Studios in Kernersville.

On Thursday, catch Chapel Hill’s Common World Collective and Nate Scott & friends at the Garage in Winston-Salem.

No Strings Attached, featuring members of Barefoot Manner, play the Blind Tiger over in the Gate City, also on Thursday.

On Friday, Paulson, Far Less, Waiting for Wednesday and Hephystus carry the rock torch at Greene Street in Greensboro. Next door at Renaissance Jazz Café, Artistic Theory upholds the standards for multi-vocal R&B with a full-fledged band somewhere along the lines of the Solcetfre Project, with at least one of the same members.

Also Friday, back in the Twin City, Greensboro’s ironic post-industrial shoe-gaze champions Citified spread their propaganda at the Garage, joined by friends Tin Star and Noncannon. Citified has earned an unqualified endorsement from WQFS FM DJ Josh Neas, who writes, “When albums come out that are honestly fantastic from stem to stern, it’s worth noting. This year, so far, there have been two alubms that have met that standard – first, the Whigs’ Mission Control, and now Citified’s The Meeting After the Meeting.

The Greensboro Coliseum holds its Greensboro Blues Festival on Saturday. Not to be confused with the Carolina Blues Festival scheduled for May 3 at Festival Park in downtown Greensboro, the Greensboro Blues Festival features includes Roy C., Mel Waiters, Latimore, Theodis Ealey, Marvin Sease, Shirley Brown, Sir Charles Jones and Bobby Rush. Ticketmaster says the lineup is subject to change. I hope Brown, who recorded the frank R&B pop confection of “Woman to Woman” in 1974, shows up.

The transcendent Telescreen plays in conjunction with a screening of Zeitgeist at the Werehouse in Winston-Salem on Saturday, while Winston-Salem metal band From This Day plays at Cancer City’s Elliott’s Revue. Across the street, New York City’s Two Man Gentlemen Band give away free kazoos and ply their naughty vaudevillian song-trade at the Garage. Christabel and the Jons will also play.

This is the first I’ve heard of Generic Hustle, a Greensboro band that classifies itself under the label “fusion/funk/jam.” They remind me of nothing so much as mid-’90s era New York City blue-beat ska. And they’re playing at the Blind Tiger on Saturday. Bad Situation plays at Cooper’s Ale House the same night.

On Sunday, March 16, McLeansville favorite son Daughtry (and band) opens for Bon Jovi (featuring Puck’d cinema star Jon Bon Jovi) at the Greensboro Coliseum.

The metal kids reign at Greene Street on March 16 when Defy the Hunter, White Noise, Anything on Fire, Return the Hero, All Points Failed, Witness to Murder and Oath in Blood invoke the wrath of the gods.

On St. Patrick’s Day, M’Coul’s in Greensboro holds its 6th annual block-party celebration beginning at 6 a.m. and featuring bagpipe music by Christoph Kresse, Celtic music with Jason Marc Pierce, folk musician Dakota Joe, the Patrick Rock Band, songwriter Molly McGinn and her band the Buster Dillys, and the Dickens.

Also in store for St. Patrick’s Day in Greensboro: Chick Corea and Bela Fleck team up at the Carolina Theatre, and the Mantras and Hot Politics throw down at the Blind Tiger.