ryan’s forecast

by Ryan Snyder

upcoming shows you should check out


There’s only so many times you can stand hearing Grace Potter & the Nocturnals cover of “Heart of Glass” before nostalgia for the original sets in and when Blondie hits the Durham Performing Arts Center tonight, that era of Debbie Harry and the band is exactly what you’re going to hear. Even the most hardcore fans are hoping she goes light on her latest, Panic of Girls, and the forgettable 2003 album The Curse of Blondie, which come on, that’s a terrible name. Not to totally play spoiler, her current tour sports a solid set list, and despite the absence of longtime keyboardist Jimmy Destri, the band is more than solid and Harry’s voice is true to the silkiness of the original “Heart of Glass.” Tickets start at $42, and the music starts at 7:30 p.m.


Two-hundred thousand people. That’s roughly how many were in attendance for an outdoor concert in Ipanema Beach by the worldreknowned Dutch DJ Tiesto in 2007. That’s double the population of any of the biggest US music festivals, all for a single performer. There won’t be quite that many in the house when Tiesto’s Club Life College Invasion tour hit’s the LJVM’s Sports Complex this Thursday, but it’s guaranteed to be a sweaty rave of gargantuan proportions nonetheless. As far as Trance music goes, Tiesto is one of the godfathers of the genre, but sometimes his shows aren’t always about the music. It’s about becoming part of a crowd, a collective of people who all surrender to the sound, however repetitive it may be after three hours. It’s an animistic, orgiastic paean to the most primitive of human interactions, fueled by rave candy, blinding strobes, massive LCD displays, jets of flame, smoke and pounding beats. So yeah, it’s still a pretty good time. Tickets are $35 and $65 for VIP, and the music rolls at 8 p.m. with Chapel Hill electronic upstart Porter Robinson opening.


There’s a chicken/egg debate to be had as to whether the epic beards of Brad Cook, Phil Cook and Joe Westerlund bestowed upon them the ability to make great music, or whether they were the result of neglecting hygiene in pursuit of their art after Justin Vernon left them behind to focus on Bon Iver. Their self-titled album, released on Sept. 20, picks up where 2009’s Gather, Form & Fly left off — tuneful mountain folk occasionally assaulted by bursts of weird psychedelia and noise. Larry David might say that the Durham beardcore trio’s new one is “prettay… prettay good.” It’s hard to fully absorb in the first few listens, but once it clicks, it’s impossible to let go. Their first North Carolina show following the release comes this Thursday at the Cat’s Cradle; tickets are unbelievably still available. Should you choose to go dressed in Lebowski character, it’s actually appropriate. Not only would your beard allow you to blend in, but it might lend some perspective to the work of opener Perry Owen Wright and his new album The Prayers and Tears of Arthur Digby Sellars. Tickets are $12 and the music starts at 9 p.m.