Smart Bets: Viva La Muerte

Although Greensboro-based indie-rock sextet Viva La Muerte will be making its first-ever stop at Jack of the Wood (on Friday the 13th, no less), the band has been playing around N.C. since 2005. A successful Kickstarter campaign last year, followed by being signed to New York City's Ex Umbra Records, has helped the band expand its reach. From new album All the Birds, frontman M.C. Armstrong says the band’s favorite song to play live is “Obscuro,” “because it's our most challenging insofar as it's a creature of genuine suspense — improvisation — the dropdown into the D minor jam in the middle as a kind of structureless one chord rabbit hole that serves as a gauge of the band's mood, a seismograph for the lightning available to our lead guitarist, Will McCanless, and the ability of the rest of the band to hear his thunder, the early warnings of his coming crescendo as the bus the rest of us either miss or catch.”  Showtime is 9 p.m., The Kernal shares the bill. $5. http://www.jackofthewood.com.

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