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by Ryan Snyder

Sam Frazier plays a few for the lunchtime crowd on a (hopefully) sunny Tunes at Noon in Center City Park On Wednesday, while groove-rock combo the Walking Streets make their Blind Tiger debut with post-rockers Lower Cases and Capitals and Ben Vangel.

Athens punk quartet Manray lead a sonic freakout at the Blind Tiger that includes Nations, Coast Ghost and the return of math rock duo Hi-Rollers on Thursday. Mutant League’s Taylor Bays offers his yuk-rok side band the Laser Rays at the Green Bean with the lo-fi duo the Revolutionary Sweethearts and Tristan Omand. Spaghetticana rocker Slackeye Slim visits the Garage with Carrie Nation & the Speakeasy, Filthy Still and Transylvania Transport Co., while the Raleigh experimental folk outfit Old Bricks play Krankies with Economy and Lonnie Walker.

The excellent Detroit folk band Frontier Ruckus play First Friday in Center City Park with electro rockers I Was Totally Destroying It in support. ZZ Top are still chugging along, and will play the LJVM with Three Doors Down (who you just know are going country at any moment) and the corpse of Gretchen Wilson. Hammer No More the Fingers bring it like Bruce with Jenny Besetzt at the Blind Tiger. There’s both sides of the Americana coin at the Green Bean with the chill Wilmington band Mike Blair & the Stonewalls and the rowdy Whisky Christy & the Half Pint Orchestra. The Clubhouse has rock of all stripes by the Jeremy Autry Band, Portable Hero, PepperDome and the Draves.

On Saturday, Asheville power-pop band Sunshine & the Bad Things throw it back to the ’90s with Jack Carter & the Armory with at the Green Bean. You’re not ready for the return of dance machine Love Craft, who play Black Lodge with I Was Totally Destroying It. Glenwood Coffee and Books plays host to a full day of rock with the Songs of the South Fest, while the Wailers stir it up at Ziggy’s with Da Stateside Lion and Lion Tracks.

Set a spell and check out some old time tunes by the Zinc Kings and the Fire Escape Ramblers at the Green Bean on Sunday. For blues you can use, Bob Margolin headlines the Blues Hall of Fame Awareness concert at Ziggy’s with King Bees, Randy McQuay and Lawyers, Guns & Money.