by Ryan Snyder

Upcoming shows you should check out


In the Theatre of Metal, North Carolina thrash pioneers Corrosion of Conformity are defying the three-act structure. The original trio behind Corrosion of Conformity brought loud and mean to the South, blending the fury of punk music with deafening thrust of metal in their earliest days. There was the time when Mike Dean left and they got heavier and bluesier; there was a period with drummer Reed Mullin and the band went as far as having funk master Stanton Moore of Galactic take over his seat for some of their most outwardly commercial material; and there was even a short time when it band mainstay Woody Weatherman was more interested in tending his goat herd than rejoining the CoC-Blind re-creationist lineup. They’ve produced a memorable album through each of three distinct eras, though a new one is afoot with the return of the Animosity lineup of Dean, Weatherman and Mullin. Its songs have been covered by the likes of Metallica and Mr. Bungle, but expect CoC to come out with tunes from all periods when they hit Ziggy’s on Thursday, including new ones from this year’s sparkling self-titled release with the classic trio. Tickets for the show are $12 in advance and $15 at the door, and the music starts at 8 p.m. with a set by fellow thrash demi-gods Prong.


There’s a little place called DooDad Farm just on the outskirts of southern Greensboro that is playing host to a pair of homegrown mini festivals. One being Groove Jam 2012 (picture a snake eating itself) in August, the other is the inaugural WhoDat Festival, happening on Saturday and Sunday. Its mission? To be a platform for community created and supported art and music by focusing inwardly. It’s fully participatory, proving an open mic and an open battle of the bands, but the donation-based event’s inaugural music lineup is superbly worthwhile by itself. Greensboro psychedelic blueshounds the Old One-Two and neo-soul outfit Dalton Village join a Saturday lineup that includes the mesmerizing Chapel Hill gypsy guitarist Justin Johnson, lo-fi rock collective Ill Family, funk by the Chit Nasty Band and soulful Americana by the Ayr Mountaineers. Sunday is almost completely open-ended, with only a set by the blissful psychedelic-pop band TOW3RS reinforcing an afternoon of outdoors open mic. Admission is a suggested donation of $15, and more information can be found at


It’s never a good sign when a Groupon is issued for a concert around two weeks in advance, but maybe, just maybe, people are sleeping on Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks’ Heart & Soul tour. Certainly, Greensboro’s stop next Wednesday, Aug. 1 has all the potential to be karaoke night with Patty and Selma (maybe I should’ve saved that one for the review?), but Rod and Stevie have made their influences felt through multiple generations. Punk bands of the ’70s were copying the Faces more than they were the Beatles or Stones, and everyone in America who went to high school in the ‘90s had a classmate named Rhiannon. Today, every inde-rock chanteuse worth her Pitchfork Points has a little bit of Stevie in her, and Stewart’s gravelly croon is heard in everyone from Paul Weller to the Black Keys. They don’t just play boilerplate sets of their own hits; it’s a fairly fluid set list (Rod more than Stevie) with a few on stage together. The pair dig deep into the Great American Songbook for a set of soul, pop and blues, though this is a good place, if not the only place, to toss out some of her Trouble in Shangri- La material.