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by Ryan Snyder

There’ll be more scratching and slapping at the Blind Tiger than in the Grasshoppers’ dugout Wednesday night when Freekbot comes to town. Composed of two Bootsy Collins protégés — bassist Freekbass and scratcher/mixer Tobotius — their sets are a fluid freakout of funk bass and wicked turntablism. Bruce Piephoff doesn’t need a DJ, and he’ll sing a few earlier at Tunes at Noon in Center City Park. Buckcherry’s show at Ziggy’s might be sold-out by press time, but if not, well, have fun with it.

Le Blorr brings an orgy of space rock to the Black Lodge on Thursday, while the Blind Tiger has the untz for a second night in a row with Imperial Blend. At the Green Bean, Laura Boswell plays pretty banjo folk with Justin Johnson.

Dierks Bentley brings the Country & Cold Cans tour to the White Oak Amphitheatre with Eli Young band, which has that guy from My Name Is Earl on lead vocals and are known for “Crazy Girl,” which is a cover of Eric Church’s “Homeboy.” Only one of the preceding is completely true, though. Amelia’s Mechanics play a fundraiser for the Triad Health Project at the Blind Tiger, while Jackson Hole, Wyo. country-folk band Screen Door Porch releases their new album with help from Erin McDermott. At the Green Bean, guitar/cello duo the Moon and You drop in with two kinds of folk from the Painted Skulls and Laura Jane Vincent.

Asheville soul six-piece the Broadcast play the Blind Tiger with House of Dues on Saturday, while Jews & Catholics, Uzzard and Thru World Aggression play “one of these bands is not like the other” at the Garage. Marcus Horth’s new band Monkey Mind joins Sam Robinson & the Groove Elators and 44 Love at Ziggy’s, while the Flatiron has BOGO acid jazz with Cindercat and Vertigo Jazz Project.

Cazwell’s rescheduled date at Greene Street Club goes down on Sunday, because it didn’t make total sense for a prominent gay rapper to perform in North Carolina two days before the biggest gay rights vote in the state’s history.

Help a 3-year-old with cerebral palsy get some wheels at Ziggy’s, and dig some music by Knuckles Deep, Doug Davis & the Solid Citizens, and Sophie’s Scar. At the Green Bean, Aussie singer/songwriter Chris Pickering joins Asheboro country hopeful Brooke McBride.