Fanatical Dead: Dark Star Orchestra is the undisputed king of Grateful Dead tributes, basing their own shows on actual Dead set lists and taking the experience to an unprecedented level of detail. The band begins a two-night stand at Pisgah Brewing Company's outdoor stage on Friday, Aug. 16. Photo by Bob Minkin
Mountain beats: Emerald Lounge hosts a nearly a dozen local MCs for "Subarus and Box Chevys," a local hip-hop showcase featuring Free Radio (pictured), Davaion Britstol, Alpha Lee, Benihana Kenobi, Hard Knox and more on Saturday, Aug. 17.
Wingin’ it: The Coathangers may have started a band before its members could play the instruments, but the all-girl trio made up for technical inexperience with reckless enthusiasm, playful irreverence and hooky garage rock sensibilities. Half a decade later, the band is better than ever, adding post-punk, '60s pop and gritty R&B to its infectious sound. Photo by Scott Montoya