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NO BOOTSY, BUT STILL A GREAT EXPERIENCE
There’s not been a set list released for the 2012 Experience Hendrix tour, but given how little the personnel has changed from the 2010 installment, there’s a great likelihood that returnees will be trying their fingers at new material. Jonny Lang, Robert Randolph, Eric Johnson, Brad Whitford, Chris Layton and Kenny Wayne Shepherd are all back from the last time this tour hit North Carolina. Not that Kenny Wayne’s scorching rendering of “Voodoo Chile” wasn’t a breathtaking experience, but mega talents tend to get bored, and so do repeat audiences. The last tour was heavy on the radio favorites and there’s no doubt that “Purple Haze,” “Hey Joe” and “Foxy Lady” will find their way into the hands of Dweezil Zappa, Buddy Guy or Mato Nanji. There was lack of good deep cuts last time around and though Bootsy Collins won’t be on the tour until two weeks from now, his reworking of “If 6 Was 9” with Axiom Funk back in 1995 gives hope that that will be the case this time around. Also joining the tour will be left-handed maestro Eric Gales, who’s also been tapped to headline the Carolina Blues Festival later this spring. The Experience Hendrix tour comes to the War Memorial Auditorium this Wednesday at 8 p.m., and tickets start at $50.15.
BEDROOM ROCK ON GREENE STREET
Most men would readily give up any number of important body parts for the chance to get close to uber-hottie Christina Milian, but Terius Nash is here to tell you it ain’t all that, dawg. That’s why he released his free album 1977 last August under his real name, rather than the pseudonym The-Dream, under which he’s put out three excellent albums of R&B booty jams and penned countless pop smashes.
He spills his hurt to his studio mic like Blair Underwood did on Dr. Paul Weston’s couch; it’s extremely personal, heartfelt stuff, and like a lot of albums in the rock canon, it’s something you’d much rather listen to than live. It’s also not is best music, though there’s still plenty of “Real Talk”-inspired quotables. When The-Dream comes to Greene Street Club on Wednesday, the focus won’t be on 1977, as he’ll be testing out new material for his much-anticipated, long delayed fourth album Love IV MMXII. Tickets are $25 and the music starts at 9 p.m.
GOOD PUNK GROWS UP
Early on in their lifetime, looking for a deeper meaning in the music of No Age was likely to prove fruitless. What the Los Angeles duo of Randy Randall and Dean Allen Spunt created was meant to be felt rather than philosophized. Their basement-born brand of punk started out as the personification of the ethos’ most fundamental sonic tenets. Loud, scuzzy guitars paired with atonal shouts and drums keeping the furious tempos going eventually gave way to a more patient, considered approach. Lyrics built around Left Coast malaise eventually became workingman’s anthems. 2010’s Everything In Between sounded like the aggregation of garage, noise and hardcore, rather than an off-kilter approximation of any of them — and it’s still loud and angry as hell. No Age comes to the Blind Tiger this Tuesday, March 13 with a trio of locals in support: the spacey indie-rockers Jenny Besetzt, peddle pushing guitar wizard Matt Northrup and throwback rock-and-rollers the Piedmontsmen. The music starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $10 in advance and $12 the day of the show.