Judging by e-mails from Duncan Dunn at BB’s New & Used CDs and DVDs, Greensboro’s last independent record store is under deathwatch. “BB’s is nearing the point of no return,” a recent message read; Dunn announced that the store was slashing discounts on its entire inventory from 40 to 50 percent as of Aug. 12. Rage Against the Machine’s concert outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles during the 2000 Democratic Convention marked a moment of political ferment capping the Clinton era. Too bad they broke up for Bush’s two terms.
Now they’re back together, performing in a concert to support Iraq Veterans Against the War on Aug. 27 at Denver Coliseum during the Democratic Convention of 2008. The concert also includes the Flobots, the Coup, State Radio and Wayne Kramer. Tickets are free by lottery. Visit www.tentstate.org to try your luck, and then scrounge the cash for a plane ticket. The NutBush Ramblers play a lunchtime concert at Center City Park in Greensboro on Wednesday. “America is in spiritual distress and moral decline, and is in great need of revival in every sector of societal life. We have miserably sinned against our Gracious Heavenly Father and need to publicly repent.” Wow. So begins the descriptor for Taking Back the Streets in, where else, Pilot Mountain on Thursday through Saturday. Redemption lies in blistering metal, soaring guitar pop and organic hip hop from the likes of August Burns Red, As Cities Burn, Edison Glass, Grits, the Chariot, the Glorious Unseen, the Wedding, Oh, Sleeper, John Mark McMillan, Emarosa, the Urban Sophisticates, Versa Emerge, So Long Forgotten, Damiera, Cool Hand Luke, War of Ages, Gwen Stacy, My Children My Bride, Belle Epoque, Advent, Progress In Color, Sophia, the Glass Ocean, Sleeping Giant, Here I Come Falling, For Today, Brian Morgante, Conditions, Yosemite Mudflap and Ailyne. Visit www.takingbackthestreets.net for more information. Oneida, the Dirty Faces, the Tiny Meteors and Bolmongani rock the Werehouse in Winston-Salem on Thursday. Thursday’s music choices in Greensboro boil down to the Bob Sanger Trio at the Press Wine CafÃ©, Makia Groove at the Blind Tiger and Artistic Theory at the Comedy Zone. Burt Massengale’s Big Band under the direction of Keith Lydick shows up at the Friendly Center in Greensboro on Friday. Concertgoers are asked to bring canned goods for Second Harvest. The students return for the fall semester, and that’s likely why you have seven Greensboro music events to choose from Friday night: the Radials at the Rhinoceros Club; ChuckSilver, Philmont and Helix at CafÃ© Jam; Joshua West at the Press Wine CafÃ©; the Lee Boys at the Blind Tiger; Sister Hazel at the N Club; and a late show at Greene Street for the hip-hop nation featuring Ed E. Ruger & Stitchy C, WRX LX, Ethemadassassin, URL, Kotix, Will Zay & Tenacious, Mr. Rozzi, Celinski, Devious, Raw English, Jeremy Johnson and Trice. Groovestain and Dawn of the Dude play at the Garage on Friday. Saturday’s schedule is also fairly weighty in Greensboro: the Wiggles at Greensboro Coliseum, Gwen Stacy at Club Rain, Lynn Goodwinn and John Hallman at the Press Wine CafÃ©, Lyn Koonce & Friends at Cheesecakes by Alex, Please Welcome at the Rhinoceros Club, and the New Familiars and Boulder Acoustic Society at the Blind Tiger. The Darnell Woodies, Wink Keziah and Holy Ghost Tent Revival turn up at the Garage on Saturday, and House of Fools, the Huguenots and Native Sound hold down the fort at the Werehouse. The High Lonesome Strings Bluegrass Association hold a jam session on the afternoon of Sunday, Aug. 24 at Center City Park in Greensboro, alongside Eighttwentythree & Roger Martin and Trail Mix. Rose Funeral, Years Spent Cold, the Breathing Process and Red I Flight work Club Rain on Aug. 25. And finally, the Nondenoms blow out the Blind Tiger on Aug. 26.