extended play

by Ryan Snyder

A local filmmaker needs a hand. Sierra Dennis is trying to secure a screening for her music documentary Live! A Greensboro Rockumentary, and she’s short with only three days left. If someone’s birthday is worthy of funding for $1,500, surely so is her film.

Elsewhere, !!! is literally the greatest band in the world, and their show at Motorco in Durham with Shabazz Palaces (Doodlebug of Digable Planets) on Wednesday is worth the trip.

On Thursday, Deer Tick fans should give Philly folk outfit Hoots & Hellmouth a chance at the Blind Tiger. Jackyl gives a course in chainsaw maintenance at Ziggy’s with Jesse James’ son Nigel Dupree opening, while Lumbee folk group Dark Water Rising hit the Green Bean with Small Houses. There’s something romantic about a Raekwon show on 4/20, and he brings the fly poetry to Ziggy’s with Maino, Jams F. Kennedy and Glueazy. Krankies offers a more literal observance with Winston’s own Drugs hosting freak-pop outfit Bastards of Fate and Dead Dog. Americana ingénue Reagan Boggs comes to the Garage, while chamber-psych duo Montana Skies play the Green Bean with Like Handshakes. At CFBG, weed rappers geeKs & azWHOLEz throw down pre-Record Store Day.

The vinyl spins inside CFBG all day Saturday, while the Bronzed Chorus, Switchblade 85 and Pistol Crash rock outside. The great NC-born songwriter and humorist Mike Cross holds court at the Carolina Theatre, while there’s a Benji Hughes siting at the Garage. Chuck Klosterman wants a new album from you, dude. North Elementary and Economy will probably play all night at Black Lodge. Yelawolf pops off the trunk with Rittz and Iconoclast Crew at Greene Street Club, and Mipso Trio come back to town to play the Blind Tiger. If you boiled Buffalo Springfield down to an acoustic duo, it’d sound like Wilhelm McKay, who’ll play the Green Bean, while downtown window shoppers can check out world-folk ensemble HuDost at Mack & Mack.

Feed the Phuzz Phest hangover some hair of the dog via the Joan Jett-channeling Dirty Ghosts, noise masters Burglar F*cker and garage-pop by Ramps at Krankies. Radiofriendly headbangers 3 Quarters Dead hold their CD release party at Ziggy’s, and folk rockers Hannah Thomas and GOryanGO play the Green Bean.

On Monday, Casual Curious brandish their Steely knives with junk pop group Banned Books and Black Santa. On Tuesday, Ruskie surf rockers Igor & the Red Elvises pull the Russian Reversal, while Candlebox aren’t too far behind at Ziggy’s. At Longshanks, Doc Aquatic and the Old One-Two bring rock par excellence.