by Ryan Snyder

[RYAN’S FORECAST]Upcoming shows you should check out


When Chapel Hill Appalachian pop outfit Mipso play the Carolina Theatre this Friday night in support of folk-life historian and master picker David Holt, it won’t just be a homecoming for the Greensboro-born bassist Wood Robinson or High Point-born Joseph Terrell, the stage could be symbolic of the future of the band. Fresh off of their graduation from UNC, the last few months have marked the band’s true foray into full-time musicianship. Their second album, Dark Holler Pop, was released last month on Robust Records and presents a different spin on North Carolinian rootsfolk in an otherwise crowded scene. It’s not simply an album of chops flexing or high-high harmonies, it’s a presentation of progressive songcraft, a look into traditionally minded instrumentalists can do when they apply a distinctively pop sensibility to their work. The first thing one will notice is the uncanny resemblance of lead vocalist Terrell’s tenor to Paul Simon, and once that comes into focus, so too will the songwriting similarities. On “Red Eye to Raleigh,” he sings “…so sign me up for experimental laparoscopic cardiology” to mend his literally broken heart. It wasn’t intentional, but it’s become a nod to their benefactor (one in the truest sense), Mitch Collman of boutique Chapel Hill label Robust Records, who left cardiology to become a patron of the arts. Tickets to the show are $17 and $12 for students, and the music starts at 8 p.m.


Change is a constant for New Orleans space-funk krewe Galactic. From their humble origins as an organic NOLA brass rock outfit, bumping incredible rhythm behind the smooth voice of Theryl “Houseman” DeClouet, to opening their doors to whatever experimentation that got flung their way, to becoming the roving house band for the San Francisco hip-hop revival, their repertoire has gotten weirder and weirder over their 20 years. The addition of Living Colour vocalist Corey Glover, first as a part-time featured tour companion and now as a full-blown frontman, has brought Houseman-style swagger back to the band that, for a few years, fell victim to their own stylistic urges. When they come to Ziggy’s on Saturday night, they’ll be accompanied by Stones Throw’s funk rakes the Step Kids and their eddy of soulful psychedelia, both visually and aurally. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, and the show starts at 9 p.m.


The momentary diversion of purpose for Joe G’s annual Cover band Explosion two years ago was a reasonable one. What had been founded as means to raise desperately needed funds for the Greensboro Animal Shelter become a call to aid for one of its staunchest proponents in musician Lee Wallace. His return to the stage last year to play Robert Smith was among the event’s most memorable moments, but every year, there seems to be one or two acts that similarly steal the show. This Saturday’s event at the Blind Tiger comes more than a month earlier than that of last year, but it also brings an all-new cast of replicas. The same unit that reimagined Roky Erickson at Krankies on Halloween weekend leads a lineup that includes maybe too much middling punk (Osker and Hot Water Music?), the inoffensive (Damien Rice), and the truly problematic (Elliot Smith and X), and one with the potential to be all time (Eric Mann of Kudzu Wish leading a Refused set, yes). If last year proved anything, it’s that the bad can be awful (see: Ryan Adams) and the good can be great. Either way, rest assured your $8 goes to a great cause.