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by Ryan Snyder

It’s that special time of year when love in the air so this weekend, be sure to share your VD with someone you love. Until then, share your discretionary dollars with some hardworking bands.

Start with a trio of white ’80s hairmetal refugees who fancy themselves a reggae band, as the Blind Tiger hosts Selah Dubb this Thursday. For something a little more authentic, try the Southern rock showcase at the Garage with American Aquarium, Possum Jenkins and the Demolition String Band.

If you’re down to celebrate your Valentine’s Day a little early, you can’t go wrong with seeing Angel Band at the Garage on Friday. Unfortunately, David Bromberg won’t be with them, but Doug and Telisha Williams will be. Speaking of Doug Williams, he recorded the debut album for Amelia’s Mechanics, who will release their wonderful album North, South at the Blind Tiger the same night. Jim Avett produced it and he’ll be there with them, along with the Martha Bassett Band. For a classy night out, take your date to check out the Greensboro and Winston- Salem Symphonies at Westover Baptist Church. If you’re feeling a little dirty, check out the Love of the Art tour at Greene Street Club with the Urban Sophisticates, the Beast and Kooley High. If you’re low on cash, save some dough for donations and a cup of coffee to see One Wolf at the Green Bean.

There’s another great show at the Bean on Saturday featuring Holy Ghost Tent Revival with And The Moneynotes, who will play an early show. You might even have time to make it to see Big Daddy Love and the Adam Pope Band later at the Garage.

And finally, there’s Valetine’s Day itself, though you’ve probably already blown your wad (heh) by then. Either way, that won’t stop the Andy Mabe and Friends CD release party Sunday at the Garage.