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by Ryan Snyder

upcoming shows you should check out

HE’S 6-FEET-1, WITH THE DREADLOCKS 12-FEET-2. $22 PER TICKET, BUT WORTH EVERY PENNY

If Damian Marley has to put his dreadlocks into a backpack when he plays soccer, does that mean that Shadows Fall singer Brian Fair stiffens his floor-length dreads upwards when he plays basketball? A rhetorical question, of course he does. You can’t teach that kind of shot-blocking ability. A more undeterminable question would be, “Why is Shadows Fall opening up for Fear Factory right now?” Both bands have potentially great metal albums on the horizon — Shadows Fall with Fire From the Sky and Fear Factory with The Industrialist — both having distinct conceptual elements in their framework, though Fear Factory has been a little more forthright about it. Both bands have been around for roughly the same amount of time, while Shadows Fall feels a little more current and Fear Factory are starting to feel “classic,” which could be why frontman Burton C. Bell chose to go with all electronic drums on the album after the departure of Gene Hoglan (an amazing, amazing drummer) to pursue his innumerable other projects. They’ll use Mike Heller as a touring drummer for now, but the liberal use of electronic percussion is still in the cards. Regardless, get there early for Shadows Fall when the tour comes to Ziggy’s on Wednesday. The music starts at 7 p.m. with a trio of openers, and tickets are $22 in advance and $25 at the door.

THE NEXT SOUL/R&B GREAT IS A DORKY-LOOKING WHITE DUDE

Make no mistake about it, Allen Stone looks like he was one delicious bass away from being cast as Napoleon Dynamite. The Washington-born soul singer, however, can carry a note or two. In fact, you could say that he could give a young Stevie Wonder a run for his money. Stone can belt it. With two independent releases under his belt that prove it, it’s only a matter of time before some major label scoops him up and you start to hear him on endless rotay on Top 40 stations. So it makes sense to come and check him out when he comes to Greene Street Club this Sunday while you’re not completely sick of him. It’s actually an excellent tour all around with garage-pop duo Sugar & the Hi-Los and saucy blues-rapper ZZ Ward in support. The music starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

YOUR MOM ALSO THOUGHT PLUTO WAS BIG ENOUGH

Beyond being a novelty hip-hop group that introduced just about anyone who came of age in the late ‘90s/early 2000s to the guilty pleasures of nerd rap, 2 Skinnee J’s were pioneers. Their debut EP 6 Songs for 5 Bucks was years ahead of Apple’s pricing model, but their championing of planetary rights on their major label debut SuperMercado! was a brave stance long before the face of Pluto’s status ever came into question. The group dissolved following a show in Greenville in 2003, but have since reunited for a pair of mini-tours, an acoustic tour in 2010, and now, a full-on electric 2 Skinnee Js-in-all-their-nerdy-glory tour that comes to Ziggy’s on May 15. Pluto may not be a planet anymore, but it’s still one heck of a chorus. Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 at the door, and the music starts at 8 p.m. with Big Easy dance-pop crew Royal Teeth.

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