extended play

by Ryan Snyder

For a day that only comes once every four years, the scarcity of big events is troubling. Lo and behold, there is pop rock by Joey Barnes & Friends tonight at the Blind Tiger and screamo/metal from We Are Defiance at Greene Street Club.

On Thursday, Greg Kozicz & the Tribe of Dreams align chakras at the Green Bean, while Marcus & Friends scramble brains with Duende Mountain Duo at the Blind Tiger. School’s in session with folk-rocker Corey Smith at Ziggy’s.

The Live Original Local showcase at the Garage on Friday is going to be pret-tay, pretty good with the Bronzed Chorus, Jews & Catholics and the Brand New Life all participating. Ramseur antifolkster Paleface is holding an art show at Dye Pretty in Winston-Salem, and Scott Ainslie is playing blues at the Community Arts Café. Sam Robinson jams with Kofi Burbridge at High Rock Outfitters, while Hephystus forges heavy metal at the Blind Tiger. Rebekah Todd, Alex Vans and York Martin blend folk, pop and blues at the Green Bean, while it’s all hip-hop with Ty Bru, Stitchy C and Ed E. Ruger at the Clubhouse. There’s raucous country and blues by the Old One-Two, the Grand Ole Uproar and Hanging Thread at New York Pizza on Tate, and it’s all punk all night at Krankies with Pharmacy, Paint Fumes, Drag Sounds and Adam Thorn.

Too many to list here come out to pay tribute to songwriter Noel Livengood at Ziggy’s on Saturday, including a cover band playing the album he never got a chance to release. Latin rockers Baco debut their new EP at Greene Street Club, and Big Something and Matter of Fact bring the heady jams to the Blind Tiger. There’s country folk by Be the Moon, Jaclyn Falk and Ryan Scarberry at the Green Bean, and hard prog by Stickers for Cigarettes, the Draves and PepperDome at the Flatiron. At CFBG, there ass-kicking music by the Leeves, Damn Frank, Dread Fabrik and Switchblade 85.

Big Sean is more famous for beefing than he is for rapping, and he’ll open for Trey Songs on Sunday at the War Memorial Auditorium. The great Langhorne Slim holds court with Jack Carter & the Armory at the Blind Tiger, while alt-rockers Stereotype hold down Club Orion. Skip to Tuesday, and the “world’s only” hip-hop/ bluegrass fusion band Gangstagrass visits the Blind Tiger.