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Bit Brigade don’t just live-score time trials of 8-bit classics like “Ninja Gaiden” and “Castlevania”, they create double-edged spectacles of laser-precise gaming and brain-freezing prog shredfests. Witnessing the resurrection of familiar, simplistic melodies as technically astounding metal mini-symphonies is worth the ticket alone, but watching gamer par excellence Noah McCarthy tear through games you spent a good part of your youth cursing in a matter of minutes can be a purgative, humbling experience in its own right. Until this year, he had tackled only Nintendo platformers well-known for their difficulty, usually in pairs to create a complete concert, but before this year’s MAGFest, the band had promised a new, surprising experience. That surprise was “The Legend of Zelda”, the game that disappeared many a Saturday afternoon with one of the first ever immersive, open world experiences in video games. What would take around 15-productive as Snow, releasing one EP since his 2007 s/t and a handful of mixtapes with old, even dated tracks, instead opt 20 hours for the intrepid explorer in 1987, McCarthy can do in around 50 minutes.

That’s a mind-blowing number, running through eight dungeons and Death Mountain, plus all the over-world transit Wed involved, Aug even 13 if the record is 19 whole minutes faster. That just means more music when they do this at the Blind Tiger on Friday night. The Bronzed Chorus will get together for an increasingly rare show in support, along with Eight Bit Disaster, who featuring are doing for obscure video game music what Roger Eagle did for soul. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.


It might seem on the surface that, in 2007, Bermudan dancehall artist Collie Buddz relit the same white reggae torch that help Snow briefly burn up the pop charts, and since then has been consigned to the same dustbin. Then you turn on Urban radio in a less prudish radio market like Miami and hear that “Come Around” is still burning up the airwaves, but that’s because that, even after seven years, “Come Around” is still hot as fire. (Go to Texas and the version with the guest verse from Paul Wall will be doing the same.) That’s a good thing, because until very recently, Collie Buddz has been about as ing for a steady stream of lightly landing singles to let people know he’s still alive. Right about now, however, he’s experiencing a semi-revival in the bro-reggae scene, shifting ever so slightly away from the pop radio heat that’s allowed him to basically coast on one great song for years. He’s on Rebelution’s brand-new “Hate to Be the One”, lending some smooth patois to vocalist Eric Rachmany’s otherwise grating, nasal croon, and he’ll be on Soja’s Amid the Noise and Haste. Late last year, he turned up on rapper Joey Bada$$’s debut EP Summer Knights with a Fugeeesque hook, and when he comes to Ziggy’s on Friday, expect him to turn in a featureheavy set that sounds a little more like the playlist of a stoned frat boy than the trunk noise of some chromed-out whip on Biscayne Boulevard. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, and the music starts at 9 p.m. with Elusive Groove.


For songwriters whose work hinges on experience, productivity tends to be secondary to just living. Look at the work of Texas singer-songwriter Hayes Carll, for instance. He’s steadily put out records every three years, which has turned into a sort of waiting game for his slowly, but surely rising fanbase. The reward has been songs like the ultra-wry “Bad Liver and a Broken Heart”, or “Another Like You”, a duet with Shovels & Rope’s Cary Ann Hearst that illustrates a bar hookup between a liberal and a conservative in oh-so clever fashion. Then there’s “Stomp and Holler”, also off of his 2011 and most recent album KMAG YOYO & Other American Stories, where he sings the terrific line “I’m like James Brown, only white and taller/ All I want to do is stomp and holler.” That tune was recently picked up by Todd Snider’s Hard Working Americans, which in a way keeps Carll’s best worked freshly buffed until his next record. If history holds, it’ll be out this year, though there are no concrete plans to that effect. There’s been a lot of living to be done since 2011, so Carll may just have a fresh new batch of tunes under his belt when he comes to Ziggy’s on Saturday night. Tickets are $14 in advance and $17 at the door, and the show starts at 9 p.m. with a set from his sideman Travis Linville.!