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by Ryan Snyder

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RUSH’S TIME MACHINE TOUR HITS GREENSBORO

Of all the albums Rush could choose to play in its entirety on a tour, Moving Pictures is probably the least likely to sway listeners sick of their most overplayed radio fare, but still intrigued by that one friend who constantly badgers you about their instrumental abilities. Hearing “Tom Sawyer” and “Limelight” come on the radio means flipping the dial for a lot of people, but live, there’s no tuning it out. That said, undecided listeners should not discount their Time Machine tour, coming to Greensboro on Friday. They’re playing Moving Pictures in its entirety to open the second set, but their nearly three–hour show is a chance to hear more underrated hits like “Marathon” and “Time Stands Still,” loooong instrumentals like “La Villa Strangiato” and some newer stuff that no one but the hardcore fans really care about. Geddy Lee’s voice has also mellowed considerably over the years, so consider leaving the rusty butter knife you’d otherwise stab your eardrums out with at home. Tickets start at $50.50 and the music is set for 7:30 p.m.

THIS WEEK’S TUESDAY NIGHT SPECIAL

It’s Tuesday night, so that means there’s some club-level, nationally touring act with strong niche appeal playing in Greensboro. That very show is happening when Break Science comes Greene Street Club on April 5. Borahm Lee’s trip-hop and dubstep project fuse New York City’s rich legacy of funky, soulful music with an instinctive connection to its hip-hop heritage. With Pretty Light’s drummer Adam Deitch creating thunderous break beats with a rotating cast of guest vocalists, the result is a uniquely primal take on electronic music. This time around, that guest vocalist is Chali 2na, whose attempted frontman posturing eventually broke up hip-hop traditionalists Jurassic 5 a few years back. They’ll be joined by Boulder, Colo. electronic duo Proper Motion, who’ve made their name on a slew of classic soul remixes they’ve released over the past few years. The show starts at 9:00 p.m., and tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

ZAC BROWN BAND RETURNS TO THE TRIAD

Try as I might, it’s really hard to dislike the Zac Brown Band. For every cliché-ridden offense like “Chicken Fried,” there’s a genuine country crier like “Highway 20 Ride.” Rumors circulate that he’s annoyed about having a fourth daughter instead of a first son, then you discover that he gives a lot of money to support kids with social disorders and is a dedicated organic food consumer. He treats his coveted role of hosting MerleFest’s midnight jam like he was woken up by an unexpected phone call, then he peppers his own band’s shows with astute covers of Ryan Adams and Ray LaMontagne. In the post-jam band era, his group’s focus on outstanding musicianship feels like a rare luxury coming from contemporary country artists. They’re not afraid to cut loose, with harmonies like the Oak Ridge Boys and chops like a (very) poor man’s New Grass Revival. When they come to the LJVM on Wednesday, April 6, it will be another step up in venue size after their 2009 show at Music City in Greensboro. Tickets are $28.50-$48.50, and the show starts at 7:00 p.m. with opener Blackberry Smoke.

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