Fowler's Fine Food and Wine Store kicks off the "Durham Americana Series" this Friday, May 25 with a show featuring our own gothic swamp rockers Trailer Bride along with rockabilly dance-hall swingers Cigar Store Indians. The brainchild of Team 1512 Productions (Lora Brooker and Boo, the guy behind the sadly departed Boo's Hideaway in Raleigh), the series will showcase the best in local and regional alt-country, swing, rockabilly and Americana acts in their outdoor, urban setting in Durham's historic tobacco district. These back porch concerts are for all ages, but there's a beer and wine bar on hand, and the porch is covered in case it's one of those stormy evenings. Tickets are available at the door, and the music plays from 8 to 11 p.m. Call 683-2555 for details.
Merge recording artists and Athens alt-popsters The Rock*A*Teens always deliver a boffo live performance when they swing through town. Combining the best of rock, garage and alt-pop, catch 'em Wednesday, May 30 at Go! Room 4 in Carrboro. Call 969-1400 for details.
In the words of former Ashley Stove member Matt Brown, "This will be the first time I've shared a bill with the old family since the nuke poked our Kursk." We're talking the Triangle alt-rock scene circa '92-'98, "an overlooked era of indie rock past," i.e. the days of Randy Bullocks' Jesus Christ Records, which put out Tinsel, Pipe and Ashley Stove. In a nostalgic spirit of reunion, former Tinsel members Joe Ventura and Rob Munk (billed as Rob Munk's Vintage Crack Eyes, pictured), will be joined by former Pipe members Ron Liberti and Cliff Mann (aka The Ghost of Rock) and Matt himself playing solo (My Code Name is Matt Brown). See some old friends, reminisce about some infamous shows and celebrate the indomitable spirit of alt-rock in all its guises this Saturday, May 26 at Humble Pie in Raleigh. Call 829-9222. --Angie Carlson