extended play

by Ryan Snyder

Should the RJD2 show sell out, Los Angeles noise punks Abe Vigoda have been dabbling in electronic over the past year, and they’ll join Virginian Wild Nothing for a show at Guilford College tonight.

Thursday brings country rock to the Blind Tiger with Big Daddy Love, the Deluge and Dark Water Rising, while post-minimalist sludge rockers Braveyoung will host the album release for their long-awaited We Are Lonely Animals at Legitimate Business with the post-hardcore Harvard.

There’s a lot of good ‘grass to be had on Friday night, starting with the Grascals and Mountain Heart at the Carolina Theatre. At the Blind Tiger, the Greencards will pack the place, supported by bard Bruce Piephoff and pre-teen sensation Ranford Almond. RCA recording artist Chris Young hits up Johnny & June’s, but if twang ain’t your thang, then bang your head with Hephystus and Dreamkiller at Greene Street Club. Asheville’s Now You See Them are skankable at Elliot’s Revue, and the Darnell Woodies join the comeback run by the Fur Lined Volcanoes at the Garage. If Crystal Bright & the Silver Hands are Shirley Jackson, then Larkin Grimm is Camille Paglia. Both will play the Green Bean, but the latter is a tough listen for some, no doubt.

Folk rocker Dan Bern has written songs for Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and Get Him to the Greek, and he’ll be at the Garage Saturday with Adam Klein. At the Blind Tiger, House of Fools inch a little closer to their album release supported by indie rockers Sugar Glyder. Acoustic soul duo Benyaro join the like-minded SalemSpeaks at the Werehouse. On the Greensboro coffee scene, the Triangle pays the Green Bean a visit with sets by Birds and Arrows and the always fun Billy Sugarfix’s Carousel. Revolution Mill rock hard at the Flatiron, while guitarist Sam Robinson brings his solo band to Club Therapy.

The Snuzz-produced Cold Water Shave head up a big bill at the Green Bean with the Grand Ole Uproar, Lobo Marino and awesome NOLA duo the Numbers. At the Flatiron, Americana outfit Emily Stewart & Baby Teeth are joined by twangy folk player Allen Thompson, while Them Bones raise old Alice In Chains from the dead at Arizona Pete’s.