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by Ryan Snyder

The patron saint of crusties, one of the baddest men in punk, Th’ Legendary Shack Shaker himself: Joe Buck Yourself will play the Garage tonight with Viva la Vox and the Sawyer Family Band in support. In Greensboro, Midtown Dickens sound a little sweeter, but you can call ‘em punk also at Legitimate Business with Hope for Agoldensummer.

The Garage hosts the Instrumental Rock Music Festival featuring the Malamondos on Thursday. They’ll be joined by 9th Wave and, all the way from Germany, Space Ranger. At the Blind Tiger, Hephystus hammers out heavy metal.

See if you can watch the video for Haley Dreis’ “Where My Heart Is” and not run out and adopt a puppy. I dare you. The songwriter will hold her album release party at Krankies on Friday night, while Peter Holsapple joins up with Carrboro’s Mandolin Orange and the Jeff Crawford Band at the Garage. Greg Humphreys plays the resurgent Hanesbrands Theatre, while Joe Next Door cranks out piano rock with Ever the Bear at Elliott’s Revue. It’s another day at the office for Ed E. Ruger, Ty Bru, Arsenik and Medic, who’ll play the Somewhere Else Tavern. Holy Ghost Tent Revival and the Annuals make big noise at the Blind Tiger, and Sam Robinson shreds with Stickers for Cigarettes at Greene Street Club On Saturday, you can find murderballad queen Izzy Cox at the Garage as she opens up an even of comedy, mostly-naked women and scandalous rock presented by Purrrlesque! Latin rockers Braco play an after set at Center City Park in Greensboro, while later on, proto cowpunks Hanging Thread jam at Flatiron. Party rockers Ballyhoo! and Bastard Son get together at the Blind Tiger, and at Elliott’s Revue, Asheville’s pick your switch play Americana. Didn’t Jason Michael Carroll, you know, used to be kind of famous? Now he’s at Bucked Up Saloon in Kernersville.

This Tuesday, get up up and down down for Select Start with Mayday Parade at Greene Street Club, and finally, former Arrogance frontman Don Dixon plays the Garage with Marti Jones.

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