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Rhonda Vincent at Carolina Theatre, Wild Sweet Orange at GSC

by Heather MacIntyre

They’re back. It’s been a while since they were in the Triad, but Birmingham, Ala. favorite Sony sweethearts, Wild Sweet Orange (www.myspace.com/ wildsweetorange) are hitting up Greene Street (greeenestreetclub.com) on Wednesday night. Singer Preston Lovinggood’s voice is hollow and crackly, yet light and whispering at times. With metaphorical writing in the lyrics, and beautifully composed music, they pull together an overall balance of rock, folk and indie.

Not to mention, they’re pulling new tricks out of their sleeves at night under the big lights: With their new album, We Have Cause To Be Uneasy. In the last few months they’ve impressed the press with TV appearances on David Letterman and others, and now it’s your turn. Accompanying them on this early autumn tour is one of my personal new favorites, What Made Milwaukee Famous (www.myspace.com/ whatmademilwaukeefamous). They’re recent release on Barsuk entitled What Doesn’t Kill Us is just amazing — pick up a copy at their merch booth. These guys are from Austin, Texas, and because they and WSO have both grown to be so popular, they switch off headlining shows across the US. Opening the show is Winston-Salem’s Native Sound (www.myspace.com/ nativesoundmusic). The show is at 7 p.m., and it’s all ages!

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I’m not sure if you remember a certain review I did on the Werehouse in Winston-Salem. A group from Tel Aviv that went by Monotonix (www. monotonix.com) presented one of the most ridiculous, appalling, yet entertaining performances of thrashing and gritty, sweaty insanity I had ever had the pleasure of experiencing. Good news: They’re also back. On Thursday, Cat’s Cradle (www.catscradle.com) will hopefully have people sign waivers before entering the venue, as this duo (especially the front man) is completely unexpected. Heads up. No really, don’t turn your back or you might end up in a trashcan, or stage dived upon. But they aren’t even the headliner. The evening should be focused around one thing in specific: the Silver Jews (www.silverjews.net). They too have had a summer release, Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea, and have agreed to take this tour with the crazed Monotonix (but why??). The Silver Jews are one of the classic pioneers to simple, classic indie rock in its purest form. I can’t think of a better show to recommend in a six-month radius than this evening. I wouldn’t doubt for a moment that this show will sell out, so pick up a tick at www.etix.com (show at 9 p.m.). •••

The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) was proud to name Rhonda Vincent the 2008 Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year. Now, the Carolina Theatre (www. carolinatheatre.com) is proud to name her the lady of the evening on Saturday. Rhonda Vincent & the Rage (www. myspace.com/rhondavincent13) lives in Nashville, but you won’t see her living there much over the next year. Rounder Records has her working all over. She has a full US tour on and off, booked until November of 2009 already! Her country soul and acoustic sound is full and embracing to the Southern belle and sassy woman she and her music career have grown to become today. The evening is guaranteed to bring more than just a few fun tunes to the table. Warming up the stage this evening is Constant Change (www. constantchangebluegrassband.com), a five-piece string group from Burlington.

Tickets are still available through www.carolinatheatre.com/tickets, or at the box office located at the Carolina Theatre at 310 Greene St. For more information: 336.333.2605.

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