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by Ryan Snyder

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Hail to the Kang, bay-bah

Next time you see the King of Country Western Troubadours (and I’m not talking about Marty Stuart) crank out any of his chart-toppin’ hits onstage, it will be without those awesome mutton chops. It appears that Unknown Hinson (www.myspace.com/unknownhinson) has shaved off his signature burns in what he calls a Quid Pro Quo deal with one of his “womerns.” As for now, the King — or “Kang” as he might say — has thrown them law dawgs off of his trail long enough to make a stop at Greene Street Club on Friday night. Fans of the Cartoon Network’s late-night weirdness will of course know Hinson from his hilarious voice work for “Squidbillies”’ main squid

Early Cuyler, but many don’t know how truly hellacious the Elvis/vampire/undertaker look-alike is on the axe. In addition to his own idiosyncratic originals, Hinson peppers his sets with blistering classic rock covers like the Who’s “Behind Blue Eyes” or his own take on Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wang.” Otherwise known as Danny Baker, a Charlotte-area guitar instructor, Hinson got his unusual name from both of his parents, of course. It says plain as day on his birth certificate — Mama: Miss Hinson, Daddy: Unknown. The Ember*Ellas (www.myspace.com/emberellas) and the Malamondos (www.myspace.com/ themalamondos) open the show. Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door. Get there before all of the seethrough party liquor is gone.

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Paint the town brown

If Unknown Hinson’s music comes off as just a little too mainstream for your tastes, then please give consideration to the solo band of one half of the Clown Princes of Rock. With Ween currently not touring, the Gene Ween Band (www.geneweenband.com) is active and will be playing two shows in North Carolina this weekend. The first date comes at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro on Friday and the second is at the Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte on Saturday. Ol’ Gener has put together a nice little quartet, featuring Ween bassist “Diamond” Dave Dreiwitz, RANA guitarist Scott Metzger and the incredible Joe Russo, drummer for the Benevento/Russo Duo. The new project’s set lists have varied wildly thus far and include everything from new Gene Ween solo material; to Ween classics; to covers by the Beach Boys, Alan Parsons and Instant Death. Blue Man Group reject Torch Marauder will open the Carrboro show, where the doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are $15. Tickets for the Charlotte show are $15 for general admission and $30 for VIP. The doors open at 8:00 and the Loners (www. myspace.com/thelonersnc) will open.

Up-and-coming folk duo stop in GSO

Portland’s Blind Pilot (www.myspace.com/goblindpilot) has been making a lot of noise since the release of their debut full-length album 3 Rounds and a Sound. The indie-folk duo composed of Israel Nebeker (vocals, guitar) and Ryan Dobrowski (drums) was hand-picked as iTunes’ Single of the Week in July 2008, chosen by Starbucks as Pick of the Week in January 2009 and recently played a gig on “Last Call with Carson Daly.” They’re currently touring all across the country and will make a Greensboro stop at Studio B on March 26. They have gotten the attention of numerous notable musicians, including singer and former Big Lebowski toe donor Aimee Mann, who proclaimed Blind Pilot her “new favorite band.” Last year, Blind Pilot embarked on a West Coast bike tour, though it wasn’t the Harley-Davidson kind. They literally pedaled their way across the western states with signs reading “Blind” and “Pilot” on their backs, hauling all of their equipment behind their bicycles on trailers. They’re been described as a wistful mix of the Shins with a bit of Iron & Wine’s folksiness. The show at Studio B starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the done.

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