extended play

by Ryan Snyder

Ivan & Alyosha are more than a clever Dostoyevsky reference; they’re also a Seattle folk group who were heavily fawned over by NPR at last year’s SXSW Festival. Their show tonight at the Green Bean should give you some idea why. If it’s something a bit more mindless you crave, head over to jam with Perpetual Groove at the Fat Frogg in Elon.

On Thursday, about the only game in town is Andrew Dudek and Brendan Rice providing the soundtrack to a reading by Brian Crean entitled “Stoic Stories & Goodbyes” at the Green Bean.

Jaco’s son Felix Pastorius’ time with the Heavy Pets was oh-so fleeting, but the band can still groove. Check them out Friday at the Blind Tiger supported by Nick & the Babes, Decoration Ghost and the Numbers. The Movement comes to Greene Street Club with Villanova and Hypnotic Conquest, if you’re into that, bro. Songstress Lacy Green plays the Underground Theatre, while local bard Bruce Piephoff jams with Scott Sawyer at the Green Bean. If it’s rock you seek, there’s the Animal Mothers, the Hot Ropes and Grand Ultimatum at CFBG and Stickers for Cigarettes at the Flatiron.

Celtic Woman sold out the DPAC recently, and they’ll take on a slightly larger performance space Saturday at the Lawrence Joel. Elliot’s Revue takes on a distinctly late ’70s feel with New Wave-y Illicitizen and mod revivalists the Raving Knaves. Finally, some good stoner rock hits town, with Freedom Hawk and Colossus at Pin Ups. There’s the slightly less heavy Vel Indica and Eric T. Belmont at the Green Bean, and Jacqui Haggerty at CFBG. P-Groove sets up at the Blind Tiger, and in Winston-Salem, Big Daddy Love plays the Old Winston Social Club, while the Steve Hobbs Quartet get out the vibes and stuff at the Underground Theatre.

Based on the names alone, Sunday sounds pretty grim with a huge metal show at Greene Street Club headed up by Born of Osiris and Darkest Hour. Hell Awaits at Arizona Pete’s, no, literally, and there’s the everrocking Dreamkiller at Johnny & June’s.

If there’s a can’t-miss show this week, it’s West Coast funkestra Orgone supported by the Brand New Life and the venerable Disco Bee, original member of Grandmaster Flash’s Furious Five. It happens Monday.

It’s at Artistika. It’s free.