Sept. 17, 2008 12:00

Clutch in Winston, Urban at Greene Street!

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There is a show Thursday night in Winston-Salem in honor of my birthday! It’s weird though, Ziggy’s spelled “Heather Mac’s birthday” wrong on their flyers, it came out “New Album Release,” but who reads, anyway? 3 Quarters Dead (www. myspace.com/3qd), a metal-thrash band from Wilkesboro, will be playing a gig at the Millennium Center (www.ziggyrock.com) to celebrate its new collection of a dozen heavy metal tracks dubbed Between Angels and Demons. The record is being released collectively and promoted through Blackbird Production (www.myspace.com/blackbirdproductions1) and Deadman Music. The rest of the evening will be followed up by fierce performances from the Sword and Clutch. Austin, Texas’s the Sword (www.myspace.com/thesword) is my favorite fast metal band with the quickest, most technical guitar work and hilarious music patterns. They’re on a full fall tour with the headliners, Clutch, until seasons change and they begin their winter tour with Metallica, Down and Lamb of God. The biggest name of the evening, Clutch (www.pro-rock.com; www.myspace.com/ clutchband), is signed on to Weathermaker Music and just recently put out an option to pre-release their new album/DVD Full Fathom Five, out in stores soon! This intense rock/metal/blues band is from Maryland, and presenting the tour as the sell-out point for so many of the September dates. Order your tickets online now at www.etix.com, or write in and tell me why you want to see Clutch, the Sword, and 3 Quarters Dead, and you could win a pair: Heather@Yesweekly.com.

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The end of the summer season is the perfect time for releasing albums. Everyone is back from vacation, tied down to work and school, looking for a temporary escape through audible art to help the transition along through that commute to work or walking in between class. But 3 Quarters Dead isn’t the only band who realized this. Friday night marks the CD release show for the Urban Sophisticates (www.myspace.com/theurbansophisticates; www.urbansophisticates.com), Greensboro’s favorite hip-hop/alternative/soul group.

Right Hook Records (www.myspace. com/righthookrecords) is putting out Say Goodbye, the newest installation into their music vault for pressing.

These guys are recognized all over the East Coast for their live performances, always incorporating other local musical friends and family. Their album is rich with extensive instruments and the impeccable songwriting skills that they’ve always turned over. Seven people make up Urban Sophisticates, which is why you can understand there is never a dull moment live. The concert will take place downtown at Greene Street (www.greenestreetclub.com) with doors opening at 9 p.m. Check out other acts that will be performing at this release party too: Mafmaddix (www.myspace.com/mafmaddix), Blount Harvey (www.myspace.com/blountharvey), and DJSK… Kaos Mathematics (www.myspace.com/superdjsk). Tickets are also available at Etix.com, 16 age show.

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There’s a free show, walking distance to all Friday evening activity at the Green Bean (341 S. Elm Street) this weekend. This is perfect for those wanting a warm-up show for Greene Street, or just to start their night off with a little rock and caffeine before hitting the clubs. Durham’s Hammer No More The Fingers (www.myspace.com/hnmtf) will be playing a set in the main room of the café in front of the window; you always walk by on your way to and fro Natty’s. This three-piece punk/indie-rock/pop group is known for having few members, yet the fullest of live sound. It’s no wonder we’ve had them back to the Triad area so many times in the last few years, and they’ve been around for a decade! Also playing at the Bean the same evening is the band that put out one of my favorite albums this summer, Embarrassing Fruits (www.myspace.com/embarrassingfruitsband). Joe Norkus, John Neville and Lee Shaw may trek in and out of the Chapel Hill area, but we mostly recognize some of these faces as our own. The indie-pop group is a favorite amongst most coffee-sipping college kids, and if you’re new to the area, you won’t be let down at this show (for those of you freshies living in the dorms: right on Market, walk downtown, right on Elm, and follow the scent of espresso on the left).

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