INDY Week 3.01.17

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CONTRIBUTORS: Jim Allen (JA), Elizabeth Bracy (EB), Timothy Bracy (TB), Zoe Camp (ZC), Annalise Domeghenini (AD), Allison Hussey (AH), David Klein (DK), Noah Rawlings (NR), Dan Ruccia (DR), David Ford Smith (DS), Eric Tullis (ET), Patrick Wall (PW)

WED, MAR 1 BLUE NOTE GRILL: Studebaker John & the Hawks; 8 p.m., $8. • CAROLINA THEATRE: Ladysmith Black Mambazo; 8 p.m., $28–$47. • CAT’S CRADLE: Japandroids, Craig Finn; 9 p.m., $20–$23. • CAT’S CRADLE (BACK ROOM): Jesca Hoop, Brett Harris; 8 p.m., $12–$15. • THE CAVE: Floor Model, Repeat Offender; 9 p.m., $5. • HUMBLE PIE: Peter Lamb & the Wolves; 8:30 p.m. • KINGS: Bernie Pettaway Trio, Rod Abernathy; 8 p.m., $8. • MEYMANDI CONCERT HALL: N.C. Symphony with Lang Lang; 7:30 p.m., $90–$165. • THE PINHOOK: The Wyrms, Organos, No One Mind; 8 p.m., $5. • POUR HOUSE: Leopold and His Fiction, The Howling Tongues; 9 p.m., $8–$10. • UNC’S PERSON RECITAL HALL: Stephanie Tingler, Martha Thomas; 7:30 p.m., free.

THU, MAR 2 Tracy Lamont STARRY There may be no RAPS other genre outside of hip-hop that calls upon its artists to show such high regard to yesteryear’s sound. And while the Triangle rap scene has produced a slew of tribute projects and nods to rap’s golden era (i.e., Madison Jay’s Trapped in the 90’s and Danny Blaze’s recent “Thank You Mr. Yancey”), few were as ambitious as Durham rapper Tracy Lamont’s 2015 time-traveling album, 92 Til’, where he bent past works by acts like Souls of Mischief and Cella Dwellas to his own tastes. Now he’s busy bending satellites on new songs like “Moonlight” and hoping to become a star. Vinnie Dangerous, Konvo the Mutant, and J. Rowdy open. —ET [THE PINHOOK, $5/8:30 P.M.]

KT Tunstall STILL AT A decade ago, it felt IT impossible to escape KT Tunstall’s big hits. She was responsible for the bluesy folk stomp of “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” long before it was

fashionable, and a couple of years later, “Suddenly I See” somehow became a shorthand anthem for girl power. Tunstall never had any hits that landed with the same strength in the states, but she returns in support of last year’s KIN. Kelvin Jones opens. —AH [THE ARTSCENTER, $25/8 P.M.] ALSO ON THURSDAY CAT’S CRADLE: The Growlers; 8 p.m., $20–$24. • DEEP SOUTH: Sportsmanship, Atomic Buzz, Drunk on the Regs, Komodo; 8:30 p.m., $5–$10. • DURHAM PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: Martina McBride, Lauren Alaina; 7:30 p.m., $35–$85. • LINCOLN THEATRE: Jazz Is Phish; 8:30 p.m., $15. • LOCAL 506: Well$, Wikki Wikki, Milky B Rips; 9:30 p.m., $7–$9 • MOSAIC WINE LOUNGE: Femme Fatal All Female DJ Night: DJ Vouis Luitton and Guests; 10 p.m., free • NIGHTLIGHT: Taboo, Sofia Reta, de_Plata, Bad Atmosphere; 9:30 p.m., $8. • POUR HOUSE: Local Band Local Beer: Ellis Dyson & the Shambles, The Pinkerton Raid, Jphono1; 9:30 p.m., $3–$5. • THE STATION: John Howie Jr. & the Rosewood Bluff, David Childers; 7 p.m., $8–$10. • UNC’S HILL HALL: UNC Symphony Orchestra, Carolina Choir; 7:30 p.m., $5–$10.

FRI, MAR 3 1970s Film Stock MANY Like the archival MOODS footage referenced in its name, the solo guitar wizardry of Winston-Salem’s 1970s Film Stock reflects a nearly infinite range of moods and motifs. Lone member Eddie Garcia draws on a wide range of reference points—Tom Carter’s acerbic drones, William Tyler’s impressionist soundscapes, classical Renaissance counterpoint, and digital glitch among them—and an arsenal of effects pedals to create enigmatic instrumentals that explore and excavate emotion. With Blueberry. —PW [SLIM’S, $5/9 P.M.]

Cedar Ridge High School Battle of the Bands YUNG Once the bastion of UNS high school gymnasiums, teenage band competitions have come a long way. This annual musical battle, now in its eighth iteration, provides the youth with a proper setting in which to do their thing. UR Mom, Bull City Bandits, and eight more acts go at it, incentivized by the prospect of bragging rights and cold hard cash. —DK [CAT’S CRADLE, $8–$10/7 P.M.]

Steve Earle ALT At 1 p.m. Friday ORIGIN afternoon, celebrated singer-songwriter Steve Earle will be part of a panel for Novel Sounds II, talking about rock and literature alongside writers Roddy Doyle and Peter Guralnick. Less than eight hours later, the man who helped put alt-country and Americana on the map and continues to be one of America’s most powerful, penetrating artists will offer up an evening of songs from all across his esteemed oeuvre. —JA [UNC’S MEMORIAL HALL, $10–$69/8 P.M.]

Front Country ROOTSY San Francisco’s Front REBELS Country brings bluegrass to broad audiences by bridging traditional string instrumentation with a progressive aesthetic, leveraging the strength of Melody Walker’s soulful vocals and ultra-melodic hooks influenced by indie rock and pop. The deft, dynamic quartet even sprinkles in instrumentals that’ll captivate Punch Brothers fans. Big Fat Gap opens. —SG [CAT’S CRADLE BACK ROOM, $10–$12/8 P.M.]

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Feedback from around the East



MARGO PRICE These days, country music seems to exist as one of two strains. There’s the brash, bro-heavy stuff on the radio, designed for the masses, and the underdog songs you’d hear in the back of a beer-soaked dive bar in the middle of nowhere, music that’s guided more by raw honesty than Top 40 payouts. That’s the kind of country music Margo Price makes. On Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, her first solo album, Price opens her door and invites listeners right into her home. Each of these eleven songs is as soul-shaking and brutal as the last. Her sound ranges from Dolly to Waylon, but some songs, like “Tennessee Song” or “Four Years of Chances,” feel closer to Stevie Nicks. Across Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, Price reckons with mistakes and failures, and the lessons that come with learning you can never solve your loved ones’ problems or protect them the way you think they deserve. Despite walking the well-traveled path of country music stereotypes—love, loss, heartbreak, the realization that it’s your fault you’re alone—

Price spins her songs so that all of these ideas feel new again. Price’s music has a quiet power, too, perhaps because of how familiar her story sounds. By laying it all out on the line and coming clean about her hard childhood, losing a son, drinking, going to jail, going to rehab, and working as a songwriter in Nashville, Price paints a vivid picture of the complexity of being a woman in the country music industry. She’s honest about her struggles, opening herself up to being judged selfish and reckless, but she refuses to water down any of her experiences or sugarcoat them to make them go down easier. It’s a quality for which many legends like Haggard, Cash, and Waylon are revered, living fast and hard and only really slowing down to die. Price breathes life back into that tradition simply by getting on stage and introducing herself. —Annalise Domeghenini HAW RIVER BALLROOM, SAXAPAHAW 8 p.m., $16–$18, | 3.1.17 | 33