ryan’s forecast

by Ryan Snyder

upcoming shows you should check out


After taking off all of 2010, the Malamondos are coming back like heroin in Pulp Fiction. The Greensboro psycho-a-go-go quartet have been writing new music, binging on Russ Meyer flicks and just recently got out of the studio with Matt Verta-Ray, Jon Spencer’s partner in his rockabilly outfit Heavy Trash. It’s going to be the first album that the group hasn’t self-produced, so needless to say, they’re excited about it. Lovers of trashy, B-movie-inspired songwriting and heavy reverb should be too, especially since the album will feature the likes of Dexter Romweber, the incredible Col. JD Wilkes of the Legendary Shack Shakers, and Crispy Bess, formerly of Southern Culture on the Skids. Speaking of SCOTS, not only was the Malamondos’ album recorded at frontman Rick Miller’s studio, but the Chapel Hill surf rockers will headline a night this Friday at the Blind Tiger with the Malamondos in support. Snack crackers not included. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.


This Friday, more than a dozen producers and DJs will compete for a cash prize — but more importantly, bragging rights — at the seventh installment of the Dirty South BeatDown, hosted by Ed E. Ruger, Skibo and DJ Phillie Phresh. Next up in an illustrious line of guest judges that includes yours truly, there’s Beatdown veteran Christ Addams, notorious NC hip hop duo Mr. Invisible and the legendary Sadat X of Brand Nubian. Expect the judging to more closely resemble the coldhearted pragmatism of oldschool “American Idol” than the New Age-y fuzzies of the current crew.

Among the dozens of original beats, expect performances by Ed E. Ruger and the Iconoclast Crew, Mr. Invisible, and maybe, just maybe Sadat X himself. The beats start at 9:30 p.m. and tickets are $10.


There’s some bad information out there regarding the official MEAC Championship after-party, originating from one website in particular. There will indeed be a couple of well-known DJs rocking the party at the Benton Convention Center on Saturday, but one of them will not be DJ Kool Herc as the site advertises. Kool Herc is not well, so much in fact, that Dres of Black Sheep came out only a few days ago criticizing the slowness of the hip-hop community’s response to supporting the insurance-less Godfather of Hip-Hop Music. So yeah, don’t go expecting him to be there. Instead, you can expect DJ Kool, he of “Let Me Clear My Throat” fame and a seasoned veteran in his own right, and DJ Skillz, one of the premier remixers in the game. And that’s just the after-party. The party itself happens on Friday at the same place, as legendary British R&B group Loose Ends brings their reunion tour. Tickets for their show are $30, and the music starts at 10 p.m., while the after-party starts at 10 p.m. and ticket prices are TBA.