SoCal represents at Greene Street on Wednesday. Have you ever fantasized about what it was like to see the Doors in the late ’60s, encounter the skate rats thrashing in empty swimming pools in the ’70s, or witness a Black Flag-inspired riot in Hermosa Beach? Presumably things have settled down a bit since then, but two bands – the suburbanite Ozma and the more downtownish the Actual bring the best of Southern California to the Carolina Piedmont in the mid-week.
Both bands are promoting new albums. [See “10 Best: new records,” page 4]. They share the bill with Eastern Conference Champions, I Was Totally Destroying It and Enserenade.
Also on Wednesday, just over a month after the release of the band’s seventh album Sky Blue Sky, Wilco makes an appearance at Ovens Auditorium in Charlotte, supported by the minimalist ensemble Low. Wilco has transcended its alt-country roots. Its heartland appeal, sonic innovation and stellar songwriting qualify it as an American classic by now. Worth the trip down Interstate 85, I would say.
You know it’s summer for sure when all the good shows are clustered on a Wednesday. So add to that the Warriors, First Blood, Too Pure to Die and Since the Flood at Creation Skatepark in Kernersville.
On the same night the Garage in Winston-Salem showcases Michelle Malone in its “Catch A Rising Star” series. Playboy probably sums up the woman’s primitive blues as well as anyone else in this assessment: “The rough-and-tumble Malone embraces her inner Keith Richards while churning up those Southern roots with the vigor of Lucinda Williams.”
Thursday will feature a proper rock show at Greene Street with the Durham grunge outfit Boxbomb sharing the bill with Georgia’s the Status, Raleigh’s Alesana and Long Island’s Bayside – the last two bands being enlisted in the Vans Warped Tour later this summer.
Across town at the Greensboro Children’s Museum – earlier in the evening, no doubt – Big Bang Boom (that would be Chuck Folds and friends) will be playing a set of children’s music. See, rock and roll still has some innocence.
Friday the renowned Squirrel Nut Zippers bring their spirited brand of retro jazz to the N Club. All bets are that the “Swing On” gathering at the Friendly Center for “Friendly Friday Melodies” will be a more staid affair.
Also on Friday, the all-girl Led Zeppelin cover band Lez Zeppelin tears down Ziggy’s in Winston-Salem. As tribute acts go, Lez Zeppelin is a stroke of genius. Robert Plant, after all, channeled girlish histrionics and grew a mane of beautiful flowing locks to become the ultimate cock-rock symbol. So the girls are naturally returning the favor.
The same night Amy Speace, Sally Spring and Malcolm Holcombe will be at the Garage.
Back in Greensboro on Saturday, Hammer No More the Fingers, Embarrassing Fruits and Adam Thorn play Two Art Chicks. Fiesta Latina, hosted by the Hispanic Liaison of Chatham County and featuring Galumpha, takes place at the Shakori Hills Farm outside of Pittsboro on June 23. Visit evhnc.org for directions.
Kaos Mathematics spins while Brandon D and Naps Krew Entertainment rock the mic at the Blind Tiger on June 26.