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by Ryan Snyder

Square one moves into summer session at wuag

We’re headed into another week of rather yawnstipating music in the Triad, but fortunately WUAG has a show lined up at Square One that should provide the hump day bump. It’s happening next Wednesday, June 10 and features three rather loud, abrasive punk bands from all over. On the bill is Mika Miko (www. myspace.com/mikamiko), a band from Los Angeles who built their reputation at the Smell, the infamous hole in the wall that recent Triad visitors Health made famous. They’re not just angry, but danceable as well. I suppose that means shoulder pads and protective gear is in order. Also playing are the Coathangers (www.thecoathangers.com), a bratty all-girl punk outfit. After seeing the scissor wallpaper on their MySpace, I’m okay without knowing the meaning behind the band’s name. They were, however, voted Best New Band in Atlanta’s Creative Loafing in 2007, which means they’ve probably been around since the late ’90s if you go by our own standard for “new band.” Last up are the Strange Boys, a lo-fi garage rock band that is keeping this from being an all-girl lineup. Way to go, guys. The show is completely free and begins at 9 p.m.

Dead drummer plays thecat’s Cradle in Carrboro

Well, he’s not really dead; that would be gross, but I’d still pay to see it. It’s more like the drummer from the Dead will be performing. Bill Kreutzmann, Grateful Dead drummer for the band’s entire 30-year career and the quiet one of the two, will bring his trio BK3 (www.myspace.com/billkreutzmann) to the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro on Thursday. A trio implies that there will be two others with him and for the summer run, BK3 is rounded out by bassist James “Hutch” Hutchinson (Bonnie Raitt) and guitarist Scott Murawski (Max Creek). If you missed their April 12 performance in Greensboro, well, this is about as close as you’ll get until the next RatDog or Phil & Friends announcement. With BK3, Kreutzmann finds himself lined up and locking into a powerful new wave of musical freedom. In all its lineup variations (Phish bassist Mike Gordon and Allman Brothers’ bassist Oteil Burbridge have both done gigs with BK3), Kreutzmann has had the chance to make music with a brand new cast of great players and is driven by musical chemistry that he simply calls “over the top.” They’re still doing primarily Dead songs, but they’re slightly jazzed up and pared down. Tickets for the show are $18 in advance and $21 the day of the show, which starts at 9 p.m.

What, no larry Graham?

Goodness gracious. Somewhere in Research Triangle Park, a seismograph is about to flip its wig. Three of the most ridiculously incredible bassists on the entire planet are going to drop the low-end hammer on the Tar Heel State. Stanley Clarke (www.stanleyclarke.com), Marcus Miller (www.marcusmiller.com) and Victor Wooten (www.victorwooten.com) will be performing together on Monday at the other Carolina Theatre (the one that’s in Durham). I know, I can’t believe it either. Most know Wooten from his work with Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, though the other two names may not carry as much weight outside of jazz circles. Clarke co-founded one of the all-time great fusion bands Return to Forever and has done more work in furthering the study of the electric bass than is possible to mention here. Miller gained notoriety for his work with Miles Davis, Luther Vandross and the “Saturday Night Live” band of the late ’70s, though he’s over the low end for Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters in recent years. Regardless, this is a must-see for jazzaholics and fans of booty-thumping music in general. Tickets for the show are $45 for regular seating and $75 to include the meet-and-greet and the performance starts at 7:30 p.m.

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