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by Jordan Green

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The Avett Brothers, who have begun working on their next album with producer Rick Rubin, announced Sunday that they have signed to American/ Columbia Records. The major-label signing marks their departure from Concord-based Ramseur Records. Cellist Matt Haimovitz and pianist Geoff Burleson perform at Guilford College’s Dana Auditorium on Wednesday as part of the Eastern Music Festival. The versatile and righteous Andrew Eversole leads a bluegrass jam at Muse Restaurant at Friendly Center in Greensboro on Thursday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. to benefit Children’s Home Society of North Carolina. Sci-Fi, a psychedelic-jazz-fusion ensemble from Wilmington, shares the bill with Chinese Finger Trap at the Blind Tiger in Greensboro on Thursday. EMF Fringe, the Eastern Music Festival’s nod to popular tastes, resumes Thursday with Asheville bluegrass band the Steep Canyon Rangers at Triad Stage. The Bethabara Concert Band performs in Bethabara Park in Winston-Salem on Thursday. Visit bethabarapark. org for more information. Meanwhile, Misty Lynn & the Big Beautiful and Matt Jones show up at the Garage in the Twin City on the same day. Lee Tyler Post, a folk-song true believer and vocalist of nearly unmatched soul, makes a regular appearanc at Bistro 150 in Oak Ridge on Friday. The Vision Band surfaces at Friendly Friday Melodies at the Friendly Center in Greensboro on Friday. Concertgoers are asked to bring canned goods for Second Harvest for this benefit. Back in the 1980s, my favorite name for a band that I never actually got to hear was Gaye Bikers on Acid. While I’m sure this group sounds nothing alike, they at least share some superficial novelty. Schola Cantorosa, a gay men’s chorus from Hamburg Germany, performs at the Greensboro Cultural Center on Friday, to be followed by a question-and-answer session moderated by Gary Palmer. EMF Fringe presents folk music’s answer to the nativist movement at Triad Stage on Friday: the Greencards. Special Ed & the Short Bus bring their Russian-inflected Americana groove to the Garage on Friday, while Native Sounds, Far-Less, House of Fools and Mansions set the Werehouse on fire. Rock and roll on celluloid commences Friday at 10:30 p.m. when the Carolina Theatre in Greensboro screens U2: Rattle and Hum. The Delta Drift reinvents busking at Summer on Trade in Winston-Salem on Saturday, while Vialka, Songs of Water and Will Ridenour provide the indoor atmospherics at the Werehouse. Southpaw and Kelley & the Cowboys are at the Garage. The Hometown Boys handle the early show at the Blind Tiger on Sunday, July 13, while the Mantras and Burnin’ Smyrians burn the (near) midnight oil. EMF Fringe’s offering for July 13 at Triad Stage is legendary Muddy Waters sideman and guitar phenom in his own right “Steady Rollin” Bob Margolin. The Wiggles are possibly the most popular band in the world. If you’ve never heard of them, that probably has something to do with your lack of procreation. Tickets for their show at the Greensboro Coliseum go on sale on July 14. Jimmy Thackery & the Drivers provide the entertainment at Triad Stage on July 14. On July 15, Ear Pwr returns to the Werehouse with Eagle Ager, Boyzone, Nuclear Power Pants and Buh Buh Salmon. And July 15 marks the release date of Asheville rockabilly dandies Mad Tea Party’s new album, Found A Reason. Early warning: Pylon, a louder and more quirky exponent of the Athens scene that forged the path for REM but never attained the same commercial success, is booked at the Werehouse for Aug. 8.