ryan’s forecast

by Ryan Snyder

ryan’s forecast

upcoming shows you should check out


What’s the connection between cowboys and Christmas? It might have started with Gene Autry’s Cowboy Christmas radio special, but it was certainly cemented by little Ralphie’s obsession with Red Rider’s 1938 Model BB gun and A Christmas Story’s subsequent holiday saturation. Another group of singing cowboys, collectively known as Riders in the Sky, will perform their holiday magic and old-school cowboy humor at the Carolina Theatre this Friday. The show, entitled Christmas the Cowboy Way, includes original songs like “Riding Home on Christmas Eve,” “Deck The Bunkhouse Walls” and “The Last Christmas Medley You’ll Ever Need To Hear” along with traditional favorites. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $24.50 for adults, $22.50 for seniors and military and $19.50 for students and children.


You can’t escape some of the things you did in the ’90s. They’re staring you dead in the eye and not because there’s a 16-year-old knocking on your door wanting some answers. While the Blind Tiger is presenting a mock revue with Dirt: A Tribute to Seattle Grunge, Greene Street Club gives you the genuine article with a pair of bands this weekend that run the full spectrum of the decade’s alt-rock evolution, in reverse order that is. On Friday, Days of the New ( recall the exact time when the rock mindset changed from unrepentant revulsion for the status quo into something a little more commercial based on the same ideals. While Days of the New didn’t suffer the same affliction as their MTV successors, their tamer, grunge-offshoot aesthetic helped open the door for horrendous acts like Nickelback and Three Doors Down to create a new brand of cock rock. Band frontman Travis Meeks raised some eyebrows when he cast off his entire band after the first album amidst rumors of inter-band altercations. It’s taken nearly 10 years to get an honest answer behind it, but his recent admission to being autistic helps explain his erratic behavior in a way. The band’s upcoming release Tree Colors is his creative exploration of his struggle. They’ll be joined by Chemical Youth ( chemicalyouth) and Elisium ( Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are $12 in advance and $15 the day of the show.


The second half of the weekend’s ’90s double feature at Greene Street included a band that I’m proud to count among one of my favorites of the decade. Sponge’s Rotting Piñata and, to a slightly lesser extent, Wax Ecstatic were essential to my own musical growth. They’ll take the reigns this Saturday night on the heels of their new release Hits and B Sides Volume 1, along with a live show exclusive release Destroy The Boy. Sponge unfortunately went down the road of cheesy pop rock after the first two albums, but their last few releases mark a return to their more gritty seminal sound. Everyone deserves a do-over, don’t they? They’ll be joined by Virginia quintet the Influence (, Charlotte hard-rockers Suhgarim ( and locals 100 Yorktown (www., who recently released their first album. Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are $12 in advance and $15 the day of the show.