by Ryan Snyder

Upcoming shows you should check out


Every hip-hop clique has them: that member that only gets the E for effort at best. They try hard, but bless their hearts, just don’t come with the dope bars. Wu Tang has U-God, Dipset has Jim Jones and Cash Money has Turk. Now Young and Thuggin’ was a solid, if not spectacular debut nor entirely solo, because under the Cash Money banner, no one is truly on their own. That Turk struggled under the microscope own his own is more a case of all Lil Wayne associates under extra pressure to perform. If all he needed was time to write, then the 9-year prison turn he just finished in October for his role in the murder of a Memphis police office during a drug raid (he said he was hiding in the closet with a gun) gave him all he needed. When he comes to Ziggy’s this Thursday, he’ll be an unknown commodity with nine years worth of rhymes ready to be heard. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, and the show starts at 10 p.m.


Pop quiz: Before sax doyen Jeff Coffin joined jazz-folk powerhouse Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, and again after he departed them for the largesse of the Dave Matthews Band, who played Fleck’s melodic foil? The answer: multi-instrumentalist and twotime Grammy winner Howard Levy, a man who, in the early days of the Flecktones, not only more than held his own instrumentally opposite one of the greatest banjo players alive, but hair-wise as well. Check out old videos of the original lineup and you’ll see Fleck possessed a mullet so breathtaking in its grandeur that European hockey players crossed the picket line in ’92 just to get a closer look. But where Fleck’s was a prodigious marvel, Levy’s was crested and tasteful, almost playful, reflective in concept of his work on the Flecktone’s Grammy-winning track “The Sinister Minister.” Today, Levy has adopted a more practical ’do, but once again with the Flecktones, he’s anything but as a member of one of the most revered groups in the jazz-jam scene. This Saturday, Levy will pay a visit to the Triad Acoustic Stage at Mack and Mack Clothing, where he’ll be joined by another maestro in Joe Craven. Tickets are still available for $26, but they will sell out.


The next Krankies Record Label Showcase features not a label, but a festival. Having just finished its fifth event, Charlotte’s Recess Fest is in a way a progenitor of Winston-Salem’s own Phuzz Phest; a low-key, indie-centric weekend of unearthed gems still small enough to drink a beer with and talented enough to go places. That the upcoming Phuzz Phest will feature a rather captivating band (extreme noise outfit Joint D ) also participating in this Friday’s Record Label Showcase shows just how closely linked in spirit the two fests are. The free showcase will include ultra-fuzzed Charlotte punks Serfs and outright weirdo Human Pippi Armstrong, but save your tips for Charlotte folk hero Andy the Doorbum, known as much his disheveled, slightly (maybe legitimately) crazy appearance as he is for his ability to shift from good-natured, front-porch strumming into a meaner version of Jackson C. Frank on a whim. His songs are paeans to vice (“Love Song for Cigarettes”) and his writing is as darkly convoluted as Fiona Apple could ever hope to be (see: his 2011 album The Man Killed the Bird, and with the Bird He Killed the Song, and with the Song, Himself). The music starts at 9 p.m.