upcoming shows you should check out
G-SIDE RETURN TO GREENSBORO
Until earlier this year, Huntsville, Ala. hip-hop duo G-Side toiled in the blanket anonymity of their hometown hip-hop scene, essentially one the Dirty South forgot. They characterized their struggle in their name, Gutta Side, and cemented in the oft-cited “Inner Circle” lyric “Well excuse me Mrs. Executive, I’m from Alabama/ That’s probably why my music isn’t quote, unquote Atlanta.” The pairing of Stephen “ST 2 Lettaz” Harris and David “Yung Clova” Williams might be born and bred in the South, but G-Side’s sound is as far metaphorically from Atlanta’s as Huntsville is geographically. With production duo the Block Beataz, G-Side forms the core of Slow Motion Soundz, an independent Huntsville label that creates swirling, nebulous beats to play the perfect foil to their alternately rugged and cerebral lyrical tag-team. The pair will come to Studio B this Thursday on the heels of the release of iSLAND, their second album this year and yet another example of their consistent, quiet excellence. Joining them are Greensboro-via-DC emcee Young Prince, Mean Teans, Darklove and Guilty County. Doors at 8 p.m., show at 8:30 and tickets are $8.
CHRISTMAS THE WAY FRANK CROSS WANTED IT
Some holiday productions touch on the religious aspects of the holiday season, others the nostalgic, but no other holiday spectacle comes as close to embodying the bombastic excess of the Christmas season than the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. With a cast of almost 40 guitarists, singers, percussionists, keyboardists, string musicians and actors performing a marathon of holiday classics and ambitious originals with military precision alongside more fire and lasers than any touring production has ever used, it’s either going to be the greatest show you’ve ever seen or it will make you lose faith in humanity. For all its theatrics, TSO has a way of leeching holiday music of every ounce of warmth and cheer, replacing it with blazing fast legatos, lace-up leather boots and eyebrow-singing pyrotechnics. Then there’s the hokey, convoluted narrative involving an angel who meets a man in a bar to convey the real meaning of Christmas. It starts off with some promise, but quickly disintegrates into an incomprehensible mess. TSO comes to the Greensboro Coliseum on Wednesday, Dec. 7, with a 4 p.m. and an 8 p.m. performance. Tickets are $37.90 and up, but you really want to think twice about sitting too close.
PUT HALL & OATES ON YOUR LIST
Over 60 million records sold. Thirty-four charting hits on the US Billboard Hot 100. Seven platinum albums and six more gold. Hall & Oates are the single most successful pop duo of all time, and also one of the most enduringly cool music groups at that. Songs like “You Make My Dreams” and “Kiss On My List” were consummate ‘80s pop, but decades after being released they still sound as good as ever. The music of Daryl Hall and John Oates is experiencing somewhat of a revival after Hall’s collaborations with ‘80s pop-inspired duo Chromeo and though Hall & Oates have no plans for a new album, that’s not going to preclude bringing their sound back to stage. Hall & Oates are performing at the Durham Performing Arts Center next Wednesday, Dec. 7 and for the fans hungry for “Maneater,” “Every Time You Go Away,” “Sara Smile,” their fantastic cover of The Righteous Brothers “You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feelin’,” they’ll get just that. Tickets for the show start at $48.50.