ryan’s forecast

by Ryan Snyder

upcoming shows you should check out


For a magazine that keeps a fairly low profile, Shuffle sure tends to fly off the stands the moment it’s laid out every few months. It helps that it’s free, but as far as coverage of the music of North and South Carolina goes, it’s as good as it gets. I might be biased as a contributor, but more so in that it’s awesome in spite of my input. This Friday, Center for a Better Greensboro will the site of the welcoming party for the next issue, and the lineup of bands is practically right out of the magazine’s pages. You’ve read about the dynamite trio the Old One-Two and alt-rockers the Animal Mothers here before, but they’ll also be joined by a pair of bands on the forefront of our local garage rock scene in Switchblade 85 and The Hot Ropes. The music starts at 10 p.m. and there’s a small cover at the door.


To paraphrase the king of all haters Silky Johnson, “What can you say about the music of Waka Flocka Flame that hasn’t already been said about Schistosomiasis?” It’s an ineradicable scourge that you may as well accept once you’re afflicted. On an intellectual level, it’s a given to detest him. He beats you into submission with goonishly unsophisticated, stream of consciousness word salad that rarely makes sense except to express the most shameful ideas toward women and class. But on a more debased level, he’s the second coming of Captain Beefheart. He’s about as punk as it gets, and amidst his myriad of rhymeless taunts, bluffs and boasts, there’s more nuance than most would care to admit. He does get respect for taking a stance on violence against animals, but he’s still the most controversial popular rapper going today. So maybe it makes sense for him to headline the most controversial yearly event in town. He’ll top the bill at Superjam this Friday, which will also include yet another performance by Young Jeezy and Travis Porter. There’s more to be announced, though don’t count on anyone worthwhile. Tickets range from $10 to $30 and the show starts at 7 p.m.


Sometimes the great musical partnerships come not out of what’s already been created, but what could be created. Such is the case with Trio-Scapes, a new project by the Brand New Life saxophonist Walter Fancourt, Between the Buried and Me bassist Dan Briggs and Eyris drummer Matt Lynch. The three players from dramatically different musical backgrounds are going to get together next Wednesday, June 22 at Glenwood Coffee and Books to debut their new project, which is Briggs and Fancourt’s chance to explore heavy, melodic fusion music inspired by their shared love of bands like the Mahavishnu Orchestra. It started over a few casual conversations and Briggs just got a wild hair one day to make it happen.

They’re playing all original music with a Mahavishnu cover thrown in there. It’s a new project at a new spot, played by accomplished musicians, and it’s going to be great. The music starts at 7 p.m. with sets by Junior Astronomers and Run Forever, and there’s a small cover at the door.