extended play

by Ryan Snyder

Mando master Tony Williamson leads a MerleFest tune-up at the Garage on Wednesday night. He’ll be joined by Rex McGee and Jeff Autry, among a cast of other great players and openers Raincheck.

Perpetual Groove brings the definitive lineup to the Blind Tiger on Thursday. Bluespop duo Sirsy visit the Garage, while all the Rack City chicks come out for Tyga at Ziggy’s with AutoTune revivalist Lil Twist. At the Green Bean, Myrtle Beach (read that with Stevie Janowski’s voice) crustafarians Jah Harvest get irie with Travis Griggs & Friends.

There’s a Brand New Life album on the way this summer, and new songs will be dropped this Friday night at the Green Bean. The mystifying Athens folk trio Hope for Agoldensummer join Crystal Bright & the Silver Hands at CFBG. Raleigh rockers Colourslide have a Mitch Easter-produced album on the way, and they’ll play the Blind Tiger with, while Asheville garage rocker Dup Crosson recently got Mitch Easter’d when thieves made off with most of his gear, but his band Saint Solitude soldiers on with Hammer No More the Fingers and Jews & Catholics at the Garage. Maybe more unfortunate than absconded amps, it’s shagging season, featuring Dennis Edwards’ Temptations Revue at the Lawrence Joel, and the Embers and Band of Oz at Blackmon Ampitheatre in Mt. Airy.

Arthur Alligood sets primitive Southern poetry and earnest storytelling to stark acoustic melodies on Saturday at the Hanesbrands Theatre on Saturday with Minneapolis indie-rockers Farewell Milwaukee. House of Fools do the classic rock cover thing as Moose Knuckle at the Blind Tiger. The Dirty Guvnahs bring Stonesy rock and roll to the Garage with Possum Jenkins. The Green Bean has great vocal-centric acoustic country and blues by Kyle Lindley, Anna Vogelzang and Josh Watson, while DC tunesmiths Vandaveer cruise into Krankies with Futurenature and the Sea Section. At the High Point Theatre, smooth jazz saxophonist Kim Waters makes butter for the ears with nu-jazz crooner Maysa, while Come Hell or High Water, Jack Carter & the Armory and the Piedmontsmen roughen up the Flatiron.

Ziggy’s goes beyond your daily recommended allowance of dub with Midnite in the afternoon, and there’s country with attitude by the Bo-Stevens, Darnell Woodies and Play Dirty at the Garage, and expertly rendered jazz-folk by Alex Krug Trio with Doubtful Sound at the Green Bean. Monday’s lone offering comes at the Blind Tiger with NYC noise punks Racebannon.