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by Ryan Snyder

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“UNSUNG” METAL HEROES HEAD UP CRAZY LINEUP

They were doomed to be overshadowed by Nirvana and Tool in the early ’90s, but Helmet still quietly released one of the best alt-metal albums of that era. Recorded by the masterful Steve Albini, Meantime was one of the last great headphone metal records before production aesthetic went into a tailspin in the post-grunge era. The mix swirls in and out of the left-right channels, accentuating the classically-trained Page Hamilton’s terse riffs and layered vocals. It was a bludgeoning and thought-provoking listen simultaneously. When they come to Greene Street Club on Tuesday, March 22, they’ll be playing the classic in its entirety. Not a bad way to spend a Tuesday night. They won’t be alone, however. In fact, this is one of the biggest metal shows to hit the area in quite some time. Saint Vitus is on the bill, and they practically helped invent doom metal alongside Pentagram and Witchfinder General. More? Crowbar, a band responsible for more NOLA sludge than Katrina and BP combined, and Kylesa, the current “it” band of heavy music, make this a cartoonishly awesome bill. Red Fang, Howl, Atlas Moth and Moth Eater (heh) are just there to tenderize. Yeah, it’s going to be loud and good. The music starts at 6:30 p.m., and tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

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HERMAN’S HERMITS STARRING PETER NOONE

The image of Leslie Nielsen and Priscilla Presley hand-in-hand, running through the sand and water and then clotheslining another couple in the original Naked Gun has to be one of the standouts in one of the funniest movie montages ever, but it’s the song that’s playing throughout that truly makes it. “I’m Into Something Good” is such a perfect, blithely innocent ditty that few other tracks of the ’60s would offer the same kind of irony following the scene of the two stars rolling around in man-sized condoms. The music video credits that finished the scene were the introduction to Herman’s Hermits for an entire generation, and speaking of, it’s almost sickening to think that the time between now and the movie’s release is almost the same as its premiere and the song’s release. That said, Peter Noone doesn’t look nearly that old. You can see the elven-voiced Brit in the flesh at the High Point Theatre this Saturday when the reunited Herman’s Hermits take the stage.

The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 and $35.

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CALLING ALL DJS AND PRODUCERS

Everyone wants to be a DJ these days, but not everyone needs to be. Red Bull, of all companies, has figured out a way to separate the wheat from the chaff, and it’s through the annual Red Bull Music Academy. It’s true that that kind of corporate sponsorship can incite mass thumbing of noses, but know that alumni of this program includes names like Hudson Mohawke and Flying Lotus. It’s open to producers, instrumentalists, vocalists and DJs, and those selected are whisked away to Tokyo for the Chuck Norris of all learning experiences. There’s a rigorous application process involved, however, that includes a 15-page form to even be considered, and competition is fierce. The forthcoming information sessions around the state should be helpful, however.

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They’re hosted by Greensboro’s own DJ SK and will happen this Monday, March 21 at Solas in Raleigh and Tuesday, March 22 at Public in Charlotte. To sweeten the deal, there will be some terrific speakers at each, including producers the Apple Juice Kid and Jil Christensen, and the Love Language’s Stu McLamb in Raleigh, and producer extraordinaire 9 th Wonder in Charlotte. Both sessions are free and start at 6 p.m. Visit redbullmusicacademy.com for more info.

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