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Local country queen plays one for the troops

Tammie Davis will be the first to tell you that she’s tough on the outside, but soft as butter on the inside. That fact quickly becomes apparent the moment she summons the honeyed tone that earned her the award for Female Country Artist of the Year at the 2011 Carolina Music Awards. She served as a concert pianist in the Marine Corps, but didn’t immediately pursue a professional career once her enlistment ended. That all changed after meeting her future husband, however, who coaxed her into a career that draws inspiration from country greats like Trisha Yearwood and Jo Dee Messina. With a new album on the horizon and a brand new single ready to hit country radio, she’ll perform at Ziggy’s this Friday as a part of the Carolina Country Music Concert, showcasing five homegrown talents that include Ranford Almond, Daniel Dean, Jessica Powell and Jody Lee Petty. The music starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $7 with $1 going to benefit veterans.

Come on see the Lemonheads

Titularly, the It’s A Shame About Ray tour that the Lemonheads (check that, Evan Dando and a bunch of random dudes) have been on for what feels like forever is a bit misleading. If Dando and company were only playing the band’s college radio darling and then exiting stage right, it’d be even more disappointing than the reformed version of the group’s 2009 album of covers Varshons. A sub-30-minute clocking time for It’s A Shame About Ray demands a little bit more, but that’s exactly what the Lemonheads give. Everything except for their cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson,” at least. Dando’s pretty frank about how tired he is about that one. Their current setlists run from anywhere between 25-35 songs, touching on Hate Your Friends, Creator, Come On Feel The Lemonheads and any of the litany of obscure covers that Mr. ‘90s Heartthrob himself likes. The Lemonheads are coming to the Blind Tiger this Friday, and they’ll have indie folk singer Meredith Sheldon and local garage soul outfit the Leeves on in support. Tickets for the show are $15 in advance and $18 at the door, and the music starts at 10 p.m.

The grass is always greener on the Green Ova side

If the only thing you knew about Oakland rappers Main Attrakionz before ever hearing their glass-eyed, almost disorienting flows was their claim to the self-bestowed title Best Duo Ever, it’d be almost hard to process the reality that they are, in fact, a duo after turning on something like last year’s 808s & Dark Grapes II. The blazed up flows of MondreMAN and Squadda B align so closely, they’re like a hip-hop version of the Gutter Twins. The standard bearers of the Bay Area’s Green Ova Undergrounds crew are stepping out of the long shadows of the scene’s more prominent spittas like Lil B with a year-long effort that at least rivaled the Based God last year. Their latest track, “Focalin,” obviously inspired by hanging with their Detroit hombre Danny Brown, is built around their trademark weirdo new -wave beats, and the drug in question is at least partially responsible for the group’s first full-blown US tour. They’re coming to Greensboro next Wednesday, March 7 to play at Longshank’s of all places, but it’s a natural progression from playing New York’s New Museum last summer. There’s a very small chance the show could be moved to Greene Street Club as a support bill for the-Dream, but as of right now, it’s staying put. No word on ticket prices; just show up.

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