Best silly bidding war of the week: the Bob Marley cookie sheet on 96 Wave’s early hour “Storm & Kenny Show.” Host Storm Zbel placed the well-worn item — which bore “an uncanny likeness of reggae legend Bob Marley” — up for auction on eBay last week. It finally fetched $66.50 from a buyer. Best follow-up to “Little Steven’s Underground Garage:” local disc jockey (and City Paper staffer) Sara Miller’s new Sunday night series “Then & Now.” Miller connects the figurative musical dots between the deep cuts of classic rock acts to contemporary artists, demonstrating that without so-and-so, there never could have been a such-and-such, etc. Tune in each Sunday from 7-9 p.m. on The Bridge 105.5 FM. —T. Ballard Lesemann


The Village Tavern hosts one of those rare nights when the opening act excites as much as the headliners when The Reigning Sound opens for the Detroit Cobras this week. Led by singer-guitarist Greg Cartwright, one third of ’90s garage-punk flag bearers The Oblivions, the Reigning Sound adroitly straddle that tiny line between wild ass rock trio and sophisticated vehicle for Cartwright’s intensely personal songwriting. Having relocated to Asheville from that musical crossroads, Memphis, Cartwright’s band often garners comparisons to Big Star and the Stones, but his influences would tweak any musical literati. Cartwright will be turning in double duty on this tour, playing with both bands. How cool to see a man singularly passionate and without a shred of pretense throwing down the realist rock ‘n’ roll to hit the road in these United States of ungodly expensive gasoline. –Gretchen LaBudde


The mischief-loving kids at Redux Contemporary Art Center and Chord & Pedal are gearing up for next week’s “Sawaguzo! Festival” — a multi-media, week-long trans-global series of visual arts, films, and live music events featuring “new sites, sounds, and tastes from Japan.” Check www.chordandpedal.com for full details. —TBL


Wild ‘n’ crazy Carolina folkie Danielle Howle returns to town for a special performance at T.J. & Tommy’s Guitar Bar & Grill on Wed. Oct. 19 as part of an ongoing series of videotaped shows hosted by Comcast Channel 2. The show starts at 7 p.m. Look for special guest guitarist Mark Bryan (he produced her latest album). Go to www.daniellehowle.com for more info. —TBL