by Ryan Snyder


Upcoming shows you should check out

Johnny Cash would’ve been 81 years old this Tuesday, and to put that in perspective, the current eldest statesman of country music, Little Jimmy Dickens, is 91 and still an important part of the Grand Ol’ Opry. George Jones is 81 (forebodingly born on Johnny Cash’s eventual death date) but winding his touring days down, and Charlie Louvin was playing right up until he died two years ago at 83. It feels like the Man in Black should be more than a face on a Forever Stamp, but there is no shortage of tributes to be found around this time of year. This weekend, for the 11th year, the Garage will be hosting one of those with Cash Bash, a two-day shindig showcasing not only Cash’s meteoric impact on country music, but his profound impact on punk as well. It starts on Friday with some honest-to- God country/western by Sarah Shook & the Devil and continues later with throttling rockabilly by the Straight 8s, who you might have seen on Cinemax if you’re into that kind of thing. The frontloaded Friday night continues with the return of the Bo-Stevens, who play host for the weekend, along with two of the state’s finest Americana minds in John Howie, Jr. and Michael Rank. Saturday’s theme shift’s more toward the dark, agro side of Cash with Heavy Rebel mainstays Gojia-X and Rev. D-Ray & the Shockers, but Crisp Bess of Southern Culture on the Skids playing old-school rock with Phatlynx cuts the tension with a little bit of levity. Cash Bash happens Friday and Saturday at the Garage, with music starting at 7 p.m. and a $10 ticket price for either night.


There’s not a lot of backstory to Parquet Courts; Light Up Gold is the garage-punks’ first widely distributed release after a selfpressed LP that almost no one heard. They hail from the foundry of contemporary psychedelic rock — Denton, Texas — and like most bands of that scene, its primary songwriter, Andrew Savage, is known mostly from activities in another band, Fergus & Geronimo. The common thread is a songcraft that puts forth total insouciance as its main idea, but with Parquet Courts, the themes of young-adult boredom, idleness and indigence are wholeheartedly embraced. It makes perfect sense, then, that the band is a hit on college radio, so much so that WUAG is bringing them in to play the Blind Tiger this Saturday for the price of a latte, or one hour of work at the kind of job that Savage loves writing about. Tickets are $6 and Parquet Courts will be joined by Black Santa, Bubbly Mommy Gun, the Dream Scene and Talk Show Hosts at 10 p.m.


There’s the good (“Rolls all in my neck, rolls all in my back”), the bad (“Ashes all up in my knee”) and the weird (six straight minutes of “Popped a molly I’m sweatin’, woo,” and if that’s not enough, there’s an eight-minute cut), and Trinidad Jame$ has earned every parody thrown his way. Until he’s known for another song that’s as unbelievably dumb as it is catchy, he has to wear “All Gold Everything” like a leopard-skin-lapelled jacket. The untested Atlanta rapper returns to Greensboro after January’s insane performance last month to play Greene Street Club on Tuesday, Feb. 26 with support from promising experimental emcee Fortebowie, genrebending Charlotte emcee Stranger Day, local phenom Beau Young Prince and more. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of, and the doors open at 8 p.m.