extended play

by Ryan Snyder

A crazy-packed week of music gets off to a strong start tonight with the excellent Athens psych-country band Futurebirds at the Blind Tiger. On Thursday, Brenda Morie brings what’s essentially an all-star band to the Garage. Le Blorr are the musical equivalent of a Buñuel film, and they’re at the Green Bean with Sundress (whom the Black Angels are huge fans of) and the Microphone Cables. Beardtoberfest happens at the Blind Tiger with — what else? — beardcore by the Quiet Brace, Lake Isle and Another Roadside Attraction.

Le Blorr and Sundress take it down I-40 to play the Garage on Friday, while Chapel Hill indie-rockers North Elementary play Krankies with Bleached and Nightworker. Peter Tork serves up some naustalgia at Bucked Up Saloon, while the great pianist Bill Charlap plays Aycock Auditorium. Holy Ghost Tent Revival come home to play the Blind Tiger, and House of Dues play funky blues at Zion Bar & Grille. Luke Bryan is at the Greensboro Coliseum if you’re into that. If not, give the excellent songwriters Adam Arcuragi, Crystal Bright & the Silver Hands and Chris Bathgate a whirl at the Green Bean. You can also hit the hotel-motel-Holiday Inn on University to see jazz vocalist Diana Tuffin or see the Four Tops at Dynacon Center.

Hard to vouch for anyone on the NC A&T Homecoming bill at the Greensboro Coliseum save for Wale. The Blind Tiger has a double bill featuring emo-rockers Lydia with All Get Out, Look Mexico and the Ethnographers at the early show, and jam fiends Imperial Blend on the late. The Garage has Doug Davis & the Solid Citizens with young hony-tonkers the Dirty Names. At the Green Bean, there’s the soulful Remy St. Claire with I Am Love and David Wimbish & the Collection.

All you need to know about Sunday is BB King at the War Memorial, though Squeeze Rock says you can rap with an accordion at Elliott’s Revue and the Former Champions flex their instrumental stamina at Club Orion.

On Monday, the secret’s out on Unknown Mortal Orchestra; they rock and they’re playing Krankies with Bleached and Estrangers.

WUAG presents Gourd Fest at the Blind Tiger, headlined by beardy math-folksters Maps & Atlases with the Bronzed Chorus, Friend House and the Summer Pledge. The second night of Gourd Fest offers up garagerockers Turbo Fruits with Drag Sounds and loop master Bolmangani.