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by Ryan Snyder

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A PAIR OF ENIGMATIC PLAYERS COME TO THE HAW RIVER BALLROOM

Having already discussed Cass McCombs’ excellent contributions to the musical landscape in 2011 back in the first week of January (“Not So Fast: Overlooked Releases of 2011”), the elusive songwriter’s Friday performance at the Haw River Ballroom presents the perfect opportunity to discuss his opening support. So many bluegrass and old-time artists claim to be emissaries of authenticity, but few can approach the eccentric LA folk musician Frank Fairfield in terms of legitimacy. The 25-year old picker plays, looks, talks and expresses himself like a character plucked from the pages of a Jack London work. He was the subject of a 2010 short documentary simply titled “Frank Fairfield” that shows him to be a dogged collector of vintage 78s with an encyclopedic mind on the topic of American musical history. It comes through in his playing, virtuosic on both the banjo and the fiddle, as well as his interpretations of songs that he says “have existed forever.” Doors for the show open at 7 p.m. and the music starts at 8 p.m., with tickets at $15.

MIRANDA LAMBERT AT THE GREENSBORO COLISEUM

Miranda Lambert has been known to pepper her flamboyant sets with a covers of everyone from CCR and Merle Haggard to the Faces and Rolling Stones, but it’s her gritty, rural brand of feminism that sets her apart from her cotton-candy country peers. When she sings about defending herself from car thieves and developers in “Time to Get A Gun,” she’s not blowing smoke. She grew up a serious game hunter in rural Texas before picking up guitar, writing songs and rejecting the Nashville establishment. With a sharp tongue and a sugary voice, her first two records were as raw as radio country gets, and even with the countrypolitan polish on her latest Revolution, her core fire remains. Lambert’s “On Fire” tour comes to the Greensboro Coliseum this Saturday, where she’ll be joined by blasé “Nashville Star” winner Chris Young and the excellent songwriter Jerrod Niemann, an indie workhorse who’s penned hits for the likes of Garth Brooks and Jamey Johnson. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets range from $36.00 to $61.70.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT DANCE PARTY AT GREENE STREET CLUB

The crackling vinyl sheen on the first track of his 2011 release How We Do: Moves Made tells you just about all you need to know about Tacoma, Was.-born producer Eliot Lipp. Pairing thumping electro beats with artfully cloaked ‘90s hip-hop samples, he bears a downtempo sound rooted in an affinity for analog synthesizers and old school gear. Unlike far too many contemporary producers, he’s heavy on the groove and mercifully light on the glitch. His live show, which will come to Greene Street Club next Wednesday in support of jamtronica duo Boombox, is pumped up a touch with the aid of a live drummer that drives his tempos from soul ambient to acid house. Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Ghetto-glam producer Bitch Please will open.

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