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by Ryan Snyder

Marijuana Wolf frontwoman and independent living activist Teresa Staley has been a tireless advocate for others with disabilities, but right now, she needs some help. Her trusty van of 25 years is on the fritz, but the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association is giving one away this month. Just hit, hit the Local Heroes tab, and cast your vote for Staley. And did someone say marijuana? Willie Nelson heard the call, so now he’s playing the Jomeokee Park Amphitheatre in Pinnacle on June 16. No joke.

For right now, Lacy Green has your country fix at today’s Tunes at Noon in Center City Park. Chuck the deuces up for Yo Gotti with Memphis upstart Zed Zilla at Greene Street Club. One-man banjo band Phillip Roebuck visits the Garage with Portlandians Drunken Prayer. Black Lodge gets trippy, mane, with Teleportation, Three-Brained Robot and Bubblegum Octopus. It’s been a year since the passing of Dan “Half Pint” Parks, and Whisky Christy & the Half-Pint Orchestra carry on his memory at the Green Bean with Matty Sheets’ new project the Slowdrivers.

Party likker goes in here, Unknown Hinson comes out here at the Blind Tiger on Thursday. The summer beach music series to benefit the Children’s Home Society kicks off in Festival Park. Asheville glamrockers the Critters play Krankies with White Rifles and Jenny Besetzt, while it’s Florida indie-pop band Gospel Music with North Elementary and Hectorina (formerly Dylan Gilbert) at the Green Bean.

Urban Sophisticates drop their first album since 2008 at Greene Street Club on Friday, while power-pop outfit Slawterhaus 5 release their debut at the Garage. Steph Stewart could follow Gillian Welch and Tift Merritt as the next great female voice in alt-country, and she’s coming to the Green Bean with Old Rusty Mandolin.

On Saturday, someone’s gonna get shot by the button off some girl’s pants at Ziggy’s when H-Town starts body rockin’ knockin’ the boots. Can we get Paperboy now? Equal Vision signees Harvard is now HRVRD, and will open for House of Fools at the Blind Tiger. Do you watch the Weather Channel for jazz first and weather second? The Rippingtons at the High Point Theatre will be your jam. Young songwriter Tiffany Ashton holds her CD release party early at the Garage, while Southern rockers Ten Toes Up handle the night shift. At the Green Bean, country minimalists Honey Watts join Johnny Miles and Portable Hero.