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by Ryan Snyder

With the first great music festival of the year is upon us with the spring edition of the Shakori Hills Festival beginning Thursday, there’s a lot of hard decisions to be made this week. Do you spring for the four-day pass, or do you piecemeal your weekend out of the awesome array of acts all over the Triad?

One of the most promising acts at Shakori are the Honeycutters from Asheville, who support Yarn at the Blind Tiger on Thursday, though indie rock fans will be interested to know that Jason Kutchma of Raleigh’s Red Collar is at the Green Bean with the Levees and Simple.

If you miss the Honeycutters the night before, fear not! The stars align for you to see them at the Green Bean Friday night with the Firelight Saga, though they’re up against Chatham County Line with dynamite folk singer Caitlin Watkins at Greene Street Club. You can get your brainless funk fix with Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band at the Blind Tiger, but there’s a free techno dance party at Aquarius Music Hall. Where I’m from they call that a rave. Jennie Arnau, Nora Jane Strothers and Aaron Berg & the Heavy Love hit the Garage and if you missed Nickelback last week, your shot at redemption comes in the form of the Goo Goo Dolls at the War Memorial Auditorium. For those who like their country like they like their bouffants, David Nail is at Johnny & June’s and Southbound 85 is at Arizona Pete’s all weekend.

If your Life Alert is going off, it’s your heart racing from the thought of the Charlie Thomas Drifters with Gene “Duke of Earl” Chandler at the High Point Theater Saturday night, while the Blind Tiger hosts Now You See Them, Anna Vogelzang and Mister Baby. In their quest to play with every band in town, the Mantras get with the Malamondos at the Garage. If you like your Led Zeppelin covers with a side of red-eye gravy, you might like Ledneck at the Aquarius Music Hall. Control Reunion with Low Sky legitimize Legitimate Business and Irata gets down at Seven Day Weekend. Screamo fans can weep with Sky Eats Airplane at Greene Street Club Sunday, Amelia’s Mechanics host a fundraiser for New Garden Friends School at the Carolina Theatre, while Kasey Anderson plays at the Garage. Lastly, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus wraps up your listening cycle at Greene Street Club.

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