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GILLIAN WELCH IS STILL ON
To the people whining about the hotel room they booked for the Gillian Welch show this Thursday on the Ziggy’s Facebook wall, don’t worry the show is still happening. It’s just been moved a few blocks away to the Millennium Center. Oh, and it looks like Jay is recovering. Thanks for your concern. Gillian Welch has recovered also, as the case of acute onset writer’s block she struggled with for years after the release of Soul Journey in 2003 seems like a distant memory after hearing her latest masterpiece The Harrow & the Harvest. Blame it on the writers who assailed Welch’s authenticity as a SoCal interloper in old-time and traditional music, but you don’t have to walk a mile in a coal miner’s shoes to be able to write a good song about them. Welch has an uncanny ability to transport her listeners to the times and places she sings about through sheer empathy, a gift that most songwriters seek but few realize. As always, she’ll be joined by David Rawlings, and tickets for her show are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. The show starts at 8 p.m.
CODESEVEN BACK IN THE DASH WITH BIG DAVE
It will be a miracle if there are any tickets left for the Codeseven show this Friday by the time this issue hits the stands. If there are, however, then anyone with any interest in partaking in the sweatiest, loudest show of the summer would do well to snatch them up. The hardcorecum-space-rock heroes are playing their first Winston-Salem show in six years, and the first with the classic lineup in 11 years. When Dave Owen joined them for their reunion show at Greene Street Club late last year, the show was more than just another sellout, it was like a high school reunion for anyone who grew up with these guys in the good ol’ Southside. Expect more of the same this time around, though with everything that’s happened with the show’s original venue of Ziggy’s in the past week, the home for this show is sort of in flux at the moment. It’s a safe bet that without a proper opening for Ziggy’s, this is going to happen in the Millennium Center Underground. Codeseven will also be joined by Harvard and Hopesfall, another reunion, and who cares how much tickets are, just get one.
COC BANGING HEADS WITH THE ORIGINAL TRIO ONCE AGAIN
There’s another North Carolina reunion in progress this weekend that reaches even further back coming to the the Blind Tiger, though this one looks like it might be more than a nostalgic bit of ephemera. The original trio behind Corrosion of Conformity were pioneers in North Carolina’s once bustling metal scene, blending the fury of punk music with the deafening force of metal. They’ve produced a veritable classic through each of their three distinct eras, though most remember the Mike Dean, Woody Weatherman and Reed Mullen creation Animosity most fondly. Its songs have been covered by the likes of Metallica and Mr. Bungle, but expect CoC to come out with tunes from all periods, including new ones from an album that’s currently in the works. CoC will play the Blind Tiger this Saturday, only a couple of weeks after drummer Mullen fell out at a Pittsburgh show from heat exhaustion, but you can’t keep a badass down. Tickets for the show are $15 in advance and $18 at the door, and the music starts at 8 p.m. with Zoroaster and From This Day.