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Thursday
April
27
Pie Face Girls, The Tills, Blueberry, DJ Luxe Posh
Pour House, Raleigh
This lineup! Pie Face Girls & The Tills have both released records this spring that are destined to be the party jams of spring, summer, and at least portions of early fall.

photo: The Tills at Hopscotch 2014
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Thursday
April
27
Blue Cactus, Kamara Thomas
The Station, Carrboro


Thursday
April
27
Jeffrey Lewis, Stray Owls
The Pinhook, Durham


Thursday
April
27
Ralph White, Nathan Bowles
Nightlight, Chapel Hill


Thursday
April
27
Charly Bliss, The Dead Bedrooms
Neptunes, Raleigh


Thursday
April
27
The Wild Reeds, Blank Range, Kate Rhudy
Cat's Cradle Back Room, Carrboro


Thursday
April
27
Burnt Paw, Simone Finally
The Cave, Chapel Hill


Thursday
April
27
Stop Light Observations, Sun Seeker
Motorco Music Hall, Durham


Thursday
April
27
Tortuga Stone, Raygun Romeo, Same Ol Sin
Deep South (The Bar), Raleigh


Friday
April
28
Pipe, Drag Sounds
The Station, Carrboro
This show starts at 8:30, which makes sense given that 80% of Pipe fans have small(ish) children at home.

photo: Pipe - XXMerge - Cat's Cradle - July 24, 2009
music in the groovo.org player: Pipe
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Fri-Sat
April
28-29
Art of Cool Festival
various downtown venues, Durham
This year's Art of Cool Festival takes place at venues across downtown Durham, and features headliners Common, George Clinton, & Rakim, along with Goldlink, Rapsody, and dozens more. Get all the details at the website.
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Friday
April
28
Poison, Extreme, Jackyl
Walnut Creek Pavilion, Raleigh
I saw Poison once, when they were opening for Ratt. They were actually pretty awesome (better than Ratt) -- a little less slick than on record, gritty in a hardrock/Aerosmith kind of way. Of course, that was literally 28 years ago, so who knows.

I also saw some precursor to Jackyl, back when the brothers who form the nucleus of the band still lived in Seneca, SC. They played the Pendleton High School Battle of the Bands (as did our hometown faves, The Lubricators). Jackyl may even have won; I honestly don't remember now, given that it would also have been 28+ years ago.

Of course I never saw Extreme; I'm not *that* stupid.
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Friday
April
28
Foreseen, Red Death, Rhythm of Fear, Holder's Scar, Blood Ritual
Kings, Raleigh
I'm obsessed with the crazy overblown loud-as-fuck demo tapes of Greensboro's Holder's Scar (you can find them here).
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Friday
April
28
$2 Pistols, Sarah Shook and the Disarmers
Cat's Cradle Back Room, Carrboro
This show sold out a week or two ago, but you can always stand outside looking sad, & hope for a miracle.
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Friday
April
28
The New Schematics, Lairs, Tangible Dream
Deep South (The Bar), Raleigh


Friday
April
28
Generationals, Psychic Twin
Haw River Ballroom, Saxapahaw


Friday
April
28
Mothership, Freedom Hawk, Demon Eye, Bedowyn
The Maywood, Raleigh


Friday
April
28
Lemon Sparks, Arctic Blonde, The Pre-Raphaelites
The Cave, Chapel Hill


Friday
April
28
Cory Branan, Brian McGee
Local 506, Chapel Hill


Friday
April
28
Somo, Carter Reeves, Demarious Cole
Cat's Cradle, Carrboro


Friday
April
28
ET Anderson, No Eyes, Dear Blanca
Pour House, Raleigh


Friday
April
28
Vassal, Layaway
Nightlight, Chapel Hill


Friday
April
28
Spectacles, 40 Oz.
The Kraken, Chapel Hill


Saturday
April
29
Lacy Jags, The Shelles, 1970s Film Stock
The Station, Carrboro
This show (like many shows at the Station) starts at 7:30pm.
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Saturday
April
29
Birth the Wretched, Salmonella, Antenora, Undeath, Septicemic
The Kraken, Chapel Hill
BIG ol' metal show at the Kraken today -- the full lineup includes Birth the Wretched, Antenora, Salmonella, Undeath, Attracting the Fall, Septicemic, and Gates of Endor.
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Saturday
April
29
The Old Ceremony
Arcana, Durham
These early (7:30 - 8ish) Old Ceremony shows at Arcana are becoming a regular thing, which is awesome.

photo: Django Haskins of The Old Ceremony - Hopscotch Music Festival - September 11, 2010
music in the groovo.org player: The Old Ceremony
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Saturday
April
29
Hank Sinatra, Paleface, Temperance League, Maldora, Peter Holsapple
Pour House, Raleigh
This is the 2017 iteration of S.P.I.T.T.L.E. Fest, which (IIRC correctly) was started at the Brewery & the Comet, perhaps as an answer to Sleazefest, perhaps just as a good excuse for day-drinking.
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Saturday
April
29
Artificial Brain, Pyrrhon, Priapus, Deathcrown, Datura
The Maywood, Raleigh
Artificial Brain are an awesome tech-death band from Long Island, whose second album just came out on Profound Lore. They are great, almost great enough to make it worth enduring a 5-band bill.
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Saturday
April
29
The Rinaldi Flying Circus, Cosmic Punk, Fish Dad
The Cave, Chapel Hill


Saturday
April
29
Split Single, R. Ring, Bad Balloon
Nightlight, Chapel Hill
R. Ring is what Kelley Deal is doing nowadays. Split Single is what bassist Jason Narducy does when he's not playing with Bob Mould or Superchunk. Bad Balloon is the secret treasure on this bill: they're Lee Waters's (Work Clothes, Cobra Khan, Panzer, Lud, Dean & Britta, etc) new band.
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Saturday
April
29
Dead Tongues, Loamlands, Molly Sarle
Cat's Cradle Back Room, Carrboro


Saturday
April
29
Honey Magpie, Teacup Gin, Bellflower, Kitty Box & the Johnnys
Local 506, Chapel Hill


Saturday
April
29
Delta Son, Dave Wimbish
Cat's Cradle, Carrboro


Saturday
April
29
Christiane, Mic the Prophet, Antique Hearts
Deep South (The Bar), Raleigh


Saturday
April
29
Roar the Engines
Slim's, Raleigh


Sunday
April
30
Knives of Spain, Elisa Faires, Spookstina
Neptunes, Raleigh


Sunday
April
30
Peter Mawanga & The Amaravi Movement
ArtsCenter, Carrboro


Sunday
April
30
Laila Nur, Mic the Prophet, Connelly Crowe
Local 506, Chapel Hill


Sunday
April
30
Farewell Angelina, Katelyn Read
Motorco Music Hall, Durham


Sunday
April
30
Ab-soul, Nick Grant
Cat's Cradle, Carrboro


Sunday
April
30
Sean Rowe, Faye Webster
Cat's Cradle Back Room, Carrboro


Sunday
April
30
Manuel Wirtz
Pour House, Raleigh


Monday
May
1
New Pornographers, Waxahatchee
Lincoln Theater, Raleigh
Heads up, advance ticket purchasers: this show was moved last week from the Ritz to the Lincoln, which is good news for everyone (except perhaps the people who were hoping it'd sell enough tickets to merit booking it into the Ritz).
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Monday
May
1
Redd Kross, Maple Stave
The Pinhook, Durham
FYI, if you're on the fence about this show: Redd Kross hired drummer Dale Crover of the Melvins, and they say it has been a real kick in the pants for them, musically. So I guess if you go to only one Redd Kross show this year, make it this one.

photo: Maple Stave - The Pinhook - June 24, 2009
music in the groovo.org player: Maple Stave
video(s) on their page(s): Maple Stave
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Monday
May
1
Brokeback, Mind Over Mirrors, Nathan Bowles
Kings, Raleigh


Monday
May
1
Pasadena, Frankie Goodrich
Pour House, Raleigh


Monday
May
1
Shonen Knife
Local 506, Chapel Hill


Monday
May
1
Knurr and Spell, Hotbed
The Cave, Chapel Hill


Tuesday
May
2
Show Me the Body, Dreamcrusher
The Pinhook, Durham


Tuesday
May
2
Sweet Crude, Motel Radio, Love and Valor
Cat's Cradle Back Room, Carrboro


Tuesday
May
2
The Black Lips, Surfbort, The Nude Party
Cat's Cradle, Carrboro
music in the groovo.org player: The Black Lips


Tuesday
May
2
Breathers, Nyck Newz, sl0gl0w
Neptunes, Raleigh


Tuesday
May
2
Chelsea Paolini
Pour House, Raleigh


Wednesday
May
3
80 lb. Test, Clang Quartet, Morology
Pour House, Raleigh


photo: Clang Quartet - Local 506, Chapel Hill - July 3, 2006


Wednesday
May
3
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Laura Gibson
Cat's Cradle Back Room, Carrboro


Wednesday
May
3
Andy Shauf, Julia Jacklin
Kings, Raleigh


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