by Ryan Snyder

Upcoming shows you should check out


All Fiona Apple needs is a good defense, though a better tour manager probably would have saved her that trouble. It seems intuitive that, after Snoop Lion (né Dogg) and Willie Nelson were busted for pot possession in the same tiny Texas town, rock stars’ handlers would find an alternate route to Houston and just skip Sierra Blanca altogether. The hermetic, waifish piano vixen probably won’t be in jeopardy of such quarrelsome, small-town constables in her trips between Charlotte and Durham, and onto Clearwater, Fla., for a pair of performances this week. Even given the inglorious history of the law in Robeson County, surrendering a stash for their resale is a better alternative than hanging out in a south Texas holding cell. Apple’s rare tour will come to Charlotte’s Fillmore on Wednesday and then to Durham on the following Thursday. Tickets for Charlotte are $56 after fees and likewise start at $50 for Durham. Ex-Band of Horses touring guitarist Blake Mills will open.


Maybe it’s time to lose the phrase “burgeoning arts scene” from the local lexicon. There’s a press release for Sideshow at the Park, a new daylong music festival this Saturday in Festival Park, issued by Downtown Greensboro, Inc. that, somewhat ridiculously, references that of the entire state as such. We have labels like Merge and Yep Roc, along with festivals like Hopscotch, MoogFest, Shakori Hills, LEAF, and so many others on the national and state level. On the Greensboro and Winston-Salem level, we have Heavy Rebel, Greensboro Fest (this weekend, read all about it), Tate Street Fest, Mosaic, WalkerFest and now Sideshow at the Park. There’s simply too much to do on just about any given weekend to assume we’re still climbing out of a cultural morass, and this new event will help stretch the summer music calendar out a little further. The inaugural event’s lineup is an incredibly bold undertaking, presenting the challenging right alongside the accessible. Pop and rock staples Jonas Sees In Color and House of Fools share a bill with avantgarde vibes duo Amphion Percussion and ambient-experimental Filthybird side project Ama Divers. There’s fantastical world pop in the vein of Vampire Weekend by Dinosaur Feathers, Black Francis disciples Shark? and the best of them all, gorgeously hypnotic lo-fi by Lilac Shadows. It’s not a lineup put together by an arts scene that just stumbled out of the wilderness; it’s one that knows exactly where it’s going. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the gate, and can be had at CFBG. The music starts at 1 p.m.


Want to feel old? This month marks 22 years since the airing of the infamous “Saturday Night Live” skit where Patrick Swayze and Chris Farley are Chippendale hopefuls dancing to Loverboy’s “Working for the Weekend.” For perspective, that’s more than twice the time between that skit and the release of the actual song itself. Want to feel young? Go to next Wednesday’s Loverboy, Pat Benetar and Journey concert at the Greensboro Coliseum. There’s likely to be a whole lot of people singing it with the same gusto they did 30 years ago upon its release, still working dead-end jobs and still meaning every word of it. When it’s over, at least they’ll still have the weekend to look forward to, while everyone else will have the rest of their lives. Tickets for the show are $49.50, $59.50 and $69.50, and the music starts at 7 p.m.