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by Ryan Snyder

North Carolina music lost a great one this week when ALS claimed the life of Tim LaFollette. Honor his memory this week by going to see some music. Tonight’s options? Funky mandolin music with GUTA at the Blind Tiger and hair metal by LA Guns at Ziggy’s.

Thursday brings Yardwork, Naked Gods, Casual Curious and Estrangers to Legitimate Business. Jessi Teich includes a cover of Train’s “Hey Soul Sister” in her repertoire. Keep that in mind when considering her show with art rockers Auto Defiance at the Green Bean. The Getdown kicks off in Mebane with the Mantras, Big Daddy Love et al.

First Friday entertainment in Center City Park includes Expresso Brazil and the Lizzy Ross Band. There rock, soul and blues at Elliott’s Revue by White Rifles and the Old One-Two. Eden punks Boxxer lead Rage the Stage 2 at Greene Street Club with Without A Fight, Corporate Fandango and Aside Oceans. The bluesy Sanctum Sully play the Blind Tiger with Porch Dog Revival and Windy Trail Travelers, while Dave Fox’s trio the Draves plays the Flatiron. Ross Copley Band has gone Nashville, and he’s at Ziggy’s, while indie rockers Slawterhouse 5 play the Garage. Friday Getdown highlights include Laura Reed and the awesome MC MISTER.

Advent says goodbye on Saturday at Legitimate Business, while there’s electronic and hip hop with Miss Eaves, EAR PWR, Gut Lightning and Wizzerds Of Rhyme at Krankies. At Greene Street Club, the Frakt the Gods tour features metalheads Æther Realm, Periphery, the Human Abstract, Textures, the Contortionist and Escher. At the Garage, there’s rockabilly and bewbs by the Pretty Things Peep Show. The Brand New Life go acoustic at the Getdown, while Larry Keel headlines the afternoon.

On Sunday, Damon Moon & the Whispering Drifters bring textured folk to the Flatiron with Adam Gnade. The F— Festivals Fest has Get Rude, Vanisher, Hephystus, XHonorX, Deception of a Ghost, Five Fathoms Deep, Skylines and the Illusionist at Greene Street Club, and Imani Reggae Band get irie at Ziggy’s.

On Monday, Greene Street Club brings even more pop punk with Polar Bear Club and Balance and Composure, while the Blind Tiger has rock by Eminent Smith, Addison Prophet and Lions & Liars.

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