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Extended play 3.07.07

by Brian Clarey

As sure as fossil fuel-induced climate change and extreme weather patterns, music venues in Greensboro continue to roil in turnover. We were saddened to receive the following e-mail from Penny at the Lager Haus on Feb. 27: “I am sorry to have to announce that we have closed here. We worked very hard, but we feel we’ve made the right decision.” The Tate Street pub and music hall that served as a home base for artists ranging from Sam Frazier to Global Repercussions held its farewell party on Feb. 28.

Mourn for a moment, and then carry on with living. There’s more than enough joy to sustain us.

The Athens, Ga. garage-pop outfit the Whigs will be at Ziggy’s in Winston-Salem on Wednesday. Then on Thursday, fellow Athenian Randall Bramblett and his band will play the Blind Tiger in Greensboro.

If there’s any truth to the stereotype that Southern musicians inherently possess soul, Bramblett would make the argument well. Possessing what his publicist describes as “a distinctive velvet hammer of a vocal rasp,” Bramblett launched his solo career in the mid-1970s with a pair of albums on the iconic Georgia label Capricorn.

As for the rest of the music week, brevity is in order:

• Chicago at Greensboro’s War Memorial Auditorium on Friday;

• Shooter Jennings at Ziggy’s on Friday;

• Shaking Hands With Danger (ex-Kudzu Wish), Tarantuloco, Wolverines and Brainworms at Two Art Chicks in Greensboro on Friday for what’s billed as a “fun DIY punk show”;

• XLooking ForwardX at Creations Skatepark in Winston-Salem Friday;

• Bruce Piephoff at the Wolf’s Lair in Dobson on Friday;

• The Shins at the Millennium Center in Winston-Salem on Saturday; and

• Health, Filthybird, the Strugglers and I’ll Think About It at Two Art Chicks on Saturday.

Last week, we received a promo for a forthcoming CD by Washington, DC song-maker Carol Bui, noting that she would be playing a Greensboro venue called the “Glenwood Space” on Saturday. It was a tantalizing promise, considering the praise of the DC Pulse, whose reviewer averred, “Her intricately sloppy guitar style, with its bluesy grit and jarring, addictive rhythms, makes me want to mosh and self-mutilate. Whoever ‘discovers’ this girl, takes her out of Fairfax and gives her a big contract might have an icon on his hands.”

Curiously, impresario Andrew Dudek has been planning to book shows at a rehearsal space at 1400 Glenwood Ave., but he said recently that he didn’t expect it to be ready by Saturday, and was unaware of Bui’s show.

In a Feb. 26 e-mail to YES! Weekly Bui noted that the show was set up by the Greensboro band Embarassing Fruits as a birthday party for someone. The next day she followed up with a message that the Greensboro show had been canceled, and that she will perform instead at the Broad Street Café in Durham. She’ll be playing with the equally transfixing Alina Simone, a native Ukrainian who now makes her home in Carrboro.

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