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The end of the month means that all the big names come out to the Triad to show off. How sweet is that?

Dance From Above will get the weekend going with the curated Show of Hands event at the Crown this Thursday. Sinkane returns for a special DJ set, and Nic Offer of !!! (Chk Chk Chk) fame will be turning things up from behind the decks. Ismo One, a Durham-by-way-of-Niger transplant will be throwing down some insane rhymes. We got an exclusive glimpse at a private rehearsal that had the emcee barefoot winding through his set. It’s going to be a pretty special event overall, and one you should certainly not miss. Little People, Quilla and a handful of other DFA residents will be in the house. Also, Little People will be playing the after party for the event with a special encore set held in the same venue.

Dani Deahl has been tapped by Blacklight District to bring her sounds to Greensboro’s Limelight on Friday. Hailing from Chicago, Dani Deahl weighs pretty heavy on the trap end of the scale, which is odd given Chicago’s deeply felt influence on the house genre. Does that matter? Hell no. Dani Deahl leads a room when she steps up, and with the increasing popularity of trap and bass music in the area she fits right in.

On a side note, how come more female artists aren’t getting booked around here in the dance realm? Dance From Above has Quilla coming up, and they featured Denitia and Sene in the past, as well as the now-defunct surf-punk-rad-rock Daddy Issues quartet, but where are the other bookings? Ziggy’s has been featuring some relatively large EDM acts (Caked Up!, although that dude totally sucks the life out of actual dance music), but the female-identifying acts just seem non-existent around here… or few and far between. That’s not necessarily a critique as much as it is an observation. Fingers crossed we’ll be seeing Ana Sia, Nervo, Annie Mac, Maya Jane Coles, Nina Kraviz, Reid Speed, Blond:ish or Nicole Moudaber on a bill sometime in the near future.

I digress. The Underground Invasion returns to Greene Street Club on Saturday night with more than enough performers to list. Dub-Boro, which is Ed E. Ruger and Phillie Phresh, is hosting the event and possibly (see: Hopefully) dropping some rhymes while they’re at it. !

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