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Thursday night is going to bring out the Iconoclast Crew, Greensboro’s never-stopgrinding team of emcees and producers. (Ed E. Ruger is part of this group, and we just spotlighted his album, Guerilla Grind, as one of the top musical moments of the year.) The Chimpz are headlining the night at The Blind Tiger, and you’ll find the outfit’s style of metal-rap more on the side of Body Count and less on the side of Limp Bizkit.

The Blacklight District just announced its largest headliner to date; Riot Ten will be playing Limelight on June 12. Danny B and Turt (perhaps an ever lesser version of “Turnt?”) are billed as well, with Mr. Carolina and Nati vs. Ouroboros slated for the Rave Cave Stage. This is an 18+ party, but you still have to be 21+ to drink (sorry kiddos, maybe one day) and there will be plenty of boozin’ with 25-cent draft beers. There is also a gloving competition, which seems like an impossible thing to judge, but it’s listed so pull out your glowgloves and start working them fingers.

The recap video from the first Blacklight District featuring Lights Out and Kill Trax gave the impression the it was the place to be – heavy music, lights, beer, beer pong – so you might want to check out what you’re missing at the next one.

Rubblebucket is headlining the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh on Thursday night. Like much of what is coming out Brooklyn, this is that indie dance music that features beautiful, smoky vocals with accompanying beats that move your feet. You can thank LCD Soundsystem for pioneering the popularity of this style of music. The following week, Lincoln Theatre will be featuring the Glo Paint Party – keep that on your radar.

Dj Hek Yeh returns to Carlisle’s Pub in Winston-Salem on Saturday night. He took somewhat of a hiatus from that location to focus on production and some touring (check out his Soundcloud page at Soundcloud.com/djhekyeh for updates) but is debuting for the first time on 2015 this weekend. Go ahead and request the Gorillaz “Clint Eastwood” remix for a chilled out remix of a classic track.

Since we’re banking on your already knowing about all the record shops in the area, it should be noted that a few of these can also totally equip you with the right gear. Remember that when your needle breaks, or you just want to update your sounds. Also, Ember Audio + Video down in Winston-Salem has some amazing home audio systems, if you ever just want to hear what music is meant to sound like. !

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