extended play

by Ryan Snyder

Venues… changing hands (say that in your best Ric Flair)! The Garage goes under new ownership tonight with the Dirty Names and Graham Wilkinson on to start the party. A reunited Kind of Like Spitting coming to Krankies on Wednesday during their first tour in six years is also kind of a big deal. It’s an Ed Hardy-a-thon with modern rockers Jupiter Tide, Lullwater and the Feral at the Blind Tiger, while Soulfly bring their pulverizing groove to Ziggy’s with Incite, Lody Kong and Uzzard.

The Blind Tiger has trashy booty jams on Thursday with Nashville nine-piece Space Capone, while songwriter Jonathan Byrd brings the full band to the Garage. Indie-soul singer Remy St. Claire visits the Green Bean with the super cute pop duo Channing & Quinn. At Ziggy’s, Twiztid and Kottonmouth Kings pour some Faygo out for the Juggalo Fam with Blaze and Big B.

The Green Bean is an exploration of exotic percussion with Jonathan Scales Fourchestra and Mamadou’s Fantastic Band, while Channing & Quinn stick around for the combination hot dog stand and zoo that is Another Roadside Attraction at the Garage with Crystal Bright & the Silver Hands. Call it “break stuff to build stuff,” as Raleigh hardcore sextet Alesana play a benefit for Habitat for Humanity at Ziggy’s. It’s all jams all night with Imperial Blend and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong at the Flatiron, while the Lost Trailers test how many crass stereotypes of rural lifestyles can fit into 60 minutes at Bucked Up Super Saloon.

Watch Floyd Mayweather, Jr. administer a crucial beatdown to the overrated Miguel Cotto or check out Rusted Root and the Family at the Blind Tiger on Saturday. Tough call. Don’t forget Spring Folly in K-Vegas with fantastic bluegrass from Mountain Heart in the afternoon. No one seems to be excited about Shawty Lo’s new album. Not even Shawty Lo, but he’s playing Ziggy’s nonetheless. The Green Bean has acoustic pop by Marshall Seese and at the Clubhouse, Kofi Burbridge joins Sam Robinson & the Groove Elaters once again with the Deluge.

One of the best anti-Amendment 1 shows is at Greene Street Club on Sunday with the awesomely dirty gay rapper Cazwell. There’s deep roots at the Green Bean by Back Porch Orchestra, while the Blind Tiger celebrates Marcus Horth’s birthday with the Backburners and JuJu Guru. About that Amendment 1, the vote is Tuesday. Like Ossie Davis said, do the right thing.