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by Ryan Snyder

upcoming shows you should check out

Chucktown beat man Rice plays set at Pin Ups

Thanksgiving and Christmas weekends are of course the two most musically barren weekends of the year, and for good reason. Most people should have better things to do. For the sad sacks that don’t, there’s still hope. Charleston’s Robert Rice has been opening for some well-respected electronic acts lately. Beat junkies will surely recognize names like Pretty Lights, Mimosa, Big Gigantic and Dark Party, or his upcoming date with EOTO. With a style similar to that of RJD2 — heavy on acid, soul, jazz and R&B — Rice can certainly hold his own against the heavyweights. He’s coming up fast, so check out his set while you can still do it for free. He’ll pay a visit to Greensboro on Black Friday at a pretty cool new bar on Lawndale called PinUps. Admission is free, and Rice’s set will start sometimes between 10:30 and 11 p.m.

Sunny up your Black Friday

Looking for a good time to squeeze in one last Four Loko binge before the Man takes it away? Maybe think about giving Sunny Ledfurd (www.sunnyledfurd.com) at Johnny & June’s Ultra Saloon this Friday a spin. The redneck Jack Johnson himself “sings about drinking, girls and drinking, and that’s about it” through songs like “Red Bull and Vodka,” “I Don’t Remember Last Night” and “Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy,” so anybody who’s ever actually finished an entire can of Four might find a kindred spirit. I don’t recommend the Blue Raspberry flavor, by the way, unless it’s for cleaning windows or removing dead spark plugs. I know how vexing the decision between that, Cranberry Lemonade and Watermelon can be. Sunny might concur with me, because based on how many full-calorie sodas one can of the beast equals, he’s been tipping back more than a few. Dude’s starting to turn into Colt Ford. There’s a $5 cover for the show before 11 p.m., and Sunny should be on shortly before midnight.

The Broadcast coming in clear at the Blind Tiger

You don’t have to listen to or read too much on Asheville soul-rock outfit the Broadcast before the inevitable comparison to Grace Potter & the Nocturnals pops into your head. Let’s see: siren-voiced beauty who draws comparisons to Janis Joplin in the front? Check. Rhythm-heavy backing band that performs with an almost psychic kind of chemistry? You got it. Catalog of songs that blur the line between present-day and classic rock? Yep. Don’t get confused when lead singer Caitlin Krisko leads the band into the Blind Tiger on Tuesday, a night normally reserved for local and collegiate bands to put their feelers out; this is a band capable of playing at a national level, and they knew it from the moment they quit their Brooklyn day jobs and took up music full-time. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 10 p.m.

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