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by Ryan Snyder

It’s the first week of April and there’s already a reason to look forward to the last. Ahmir Khalib Thompson, better known as ?uestlove of the Roots, will grace the Blind Tiger on 4-29 with a record collection bigger than his ‘fro. Until then, shout out to one of the best live shows you’ll ever see, Of Montreal at the Cat’s Cradle on Wednesday night. What kind of music does Asleep At the Wheel play? Both kinds, country and Western. The well-oiled Western swing machine plays Ziggy’s with the Bo Stevens. Kate Peterson and Sarah Cleaver are the Michigan-based folk duo Nervous But Excited, inspired by songwriters like Amy Ray, Ben Gibbard and Utah Phillips, and they’re playing Sessions with Emmy Stewart.

Throw the ‘T’ up for Toubab Krewe featuring “Uncle” Luke Quaranta on percussion at Ziggy’s with Winston funk crew the Heritage. Charlotte acoustic quartet Time Sawyer plays gentle, articulate folk with Texas chambergrass group Backwater Opera and folk duo Alleghany St. at the Green Bean. At the Blind Tiger, ultra-prolific songwriter Jeffrey Lewis helps benefit to benefit the Mayan Solidarity Network with Other Colors, Kasper Hauser and Piedmontsmen.

Slum Village back together? Yes, please.

Call Sanctum Sully’s style of old-time “beergrass,” the nuances of which should be obvious at the release party for Trade Winds on Friday at the Blind Tiger with the kickass Brooklyn band Yarn. Phuzz Phest hits Ziggy’s in the tavern early on, with Unknown Hinson in the big room later. Daughtry plays the Green Bean! Michael, that is, along with heartland rocker and multi-instrumentalist Dan Tedesco and Tyler Blake Barham, while Nervous but Excited circle back around to play Guilford College’s Community Center.

CFBG brings Balkan beat and belly dance via the Underscore Orkestra on Saturday with the Raving Knaves and the Nondenoms in support. The Garage has un “Poco” de country rock with Lee Terry & the Near Strangers with 44 Love. Hickory indie rockers Leaving Venus hook up with Redemption and Tower 15 at the Green Bean, while locals Crossing Yellow Lines play the Clubhouse.

Ziggy’s begins its late-afternoon reggae series with Pure Fiyah on Sunday, while Hungarian folk troupe Magos plays the Vintage Theatre in Winston-Salem. At the Green Bean, Brooklyn’s In One Wind fuse doo-wop and math rock (doo-math?) with folk-singer David LaBoone in support. Skip to Tuesday, and psych rockers Consider the Source join up with Marcus & Friends at the Blind Tiger.

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