After 11 years, moe. make their return to Ziggy’s tonight with Zach Deputy in support, while Joe Bonnamassa handles the twin lead by himself at the War Memorial Auditorium. Donna the Buffalo’s David McCracken, drummer Jeff Sipe and Greg Humphreys are Q-Bex at the Blind Tiger with Moog Music engineer Cyril Lance in support. Transylvania Transport Co. bring gypsy punk to the Garage with Skye Paige and the Original Recipe, while Marcus Horth hones the solo act at Suds & Duds. At the Old Winston Social Club, Wurlitzer Prize plays Waylon with Molly McGinn.
Former Athenaeum guitarist Mike Garrigan releases The Return of Spring at the Greensboro School of Creativity on Thursday with Ranford Almond in support. At the Blind Tiger, Charlotte meets Asheville in the odd pairing of rootsrockers Simplified and noir pop quintet Stephaniesid. Fuzz-pop sextet Estrangers drop their debut album at the Garage on Friday with help from Economy and Jared Draughn. BPL, Doby and the Draves get funky at the Blind Tiger. There’s a rare Elsewhere show featuring Rough Trade artist Jeffrey Lewis. Check off pop band Action Item with Megan & Liz, Burham, Hollywood Ending and Atlantis at Greene Street Club, while CFBG brings folksters Laura Boswell, the Painted Skulls and Amelia’s Mechanics. The Malamondos debut their new album featuring Dexter Romweber at the Garage on Saturday, and whaddya know, Dex himself is playing also. The Mantras make their first post-Marcus appearance at the Blind Tiger with the Heavy Pets, and Holy Ghost Tent Revival push forward after Patrick Leslie at Ziggy’s. Dee Lucas brings smooth jazz to the Underground Theatre and Estrangers continue take the party to the Green Bean with Jenny Besetzt and Adam Thorn, while vaudevillians Burn doordoordoordoor set up at CFBG with Morrowville and the Sea Demon. At the Flatiron, there’s country/folk by Emily Stewart & the Baby Teeth, the Painted Skulls and Diego Hillbillies.
Vel Indica play an increasingly rare set with Angie Kill and Twin City Buskers at the Green Bean on Sunday, while the Grand Old Uproar close out the week at Club Orion.