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For the week of 3.21 ~ 3.28

Music worth leaving the house for

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Contributors: Rick Cornell, Grayson Currin, Rich Ivey, Kathy Justice, Jack McDonald, Chris Parker, Chris Toenes

Wednesday, March 21

Casey Driessen
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Casey Driessen & the Colorfools, The Infamous Stringdusters, Hideaway BBQ

Listening to Grammy-nominated Casey Driessen is like wrapping an ear in a crazy quilt. His debut, 3D, is string man's wanderlust, with Driessen dipping his five-string fiddle (it has a C string) into strange new sounds: Strings plunk, parade and crash as Driessen migrates from the lonesome tempos of the Irish Highland to the fast-paced rhythms of the Far East. Labelmates and Nashville neighbors, The Infamous Stringdusters aren't quite as off-centered, instead pushing bouncy bluegrass tradition into the realm of something like jamgrass. $10-$12/ 8 p.m. —KJ

Thursday, March 22

Butch Walker and the Let's Go Out Tonites!, Lincoln Theatre

Butch Walker must have seen disturbing things while producing Avril Lavigne, Pink, Lindsay Lohan and Tommy Lee. Check the titles on his latest: "Too Famous to Get Fully Dressed," "Rich People Die Unhappy," "Bethamphetamine" and "Hot Girls in Good Moods." Always a canny observer of the scene (witness The Marvelous 3's "Freak of the Week"), Walker finds the perfect inspiration for his muse on The Rise and Fall of Butch Walker and the Let's-Go-Out-Tonites, a seductive blend of glammed-up rock and punchy power-pop whose surface shimmer matches the superficial appeal of its subjects. $13-$15/ 8 p.m. —CP

The Walkmen, Broken West, Ferraby Lionheart, Local 506

Barely seven months after New York's crooning dolls swooned a revamped Lincoln Theatre, The Walkmen return to the Triangle for some more big city indie rock schooling. Their last album, an arresting revamp of Harry Nilsson's classic Pussy Cats, showed a slightly looser, more experimental side of the band, and this tour should prove whether or not it can be managed live. $12-$14/ 9 p.m. —RI

The Kennedys, Hideaway BBQ

Think you are a music fanatic? Maura and Pete Kennedy have you beat. In addition to their numerous tour miles, the folk-rocking pair puts on guitar and vocal workshops. Their latest release, Songs of the Open Road, celebrates their favorites—the likes of "Sin City," "Galveston" and "Eight Miles High." And their first date was a visit to Buddy Holly's grave. Not feeling so tough now, are you? $8-$10/ 8:30 p.m. —RC

Black Lips, The Ponys, The Films, Cat's Cradle

Anybody can do a "garage" band, whatever that even means now. The Lips just happen to like the same unfettered anti-heroes as the sharkskin-suited dandies aping the oldies. But, where Childish meets the cha-cha, this ATL gang has a certain James Dean swagger where everybody else is, well, square. Flower punks, they call themselves. Yeah. $10/ 9:15 p.m. —CT

Friday, March 23

Youth Group, Aqueduct, Local 506

Sydney's Youth Group is ripe for the erstwhile O.C. crowd's picking, with their hazy guitar atmospheres catching the glow of their coruscated pop bodies to cast the light necessary for making shadows. At times, that gets a little boring, but when Youth Group hits its stride, you'll believe in levitation, or at least pop music. Oklahoma's Aqueduct has long been considered an heir apparent to The Flaming Lips' Okie acid-borne pop, but there's a dense, intricate and colorful quality to Aqueduct's one-man missives. North Elementary opens, but they get their pop songs dirty in the woods of Orange County. $8/ 9 p.m. —GC

+/-, Say Hi to Your Mom, Duke Coffeehouse

Had Dntel's Jimmy Tamborello hooked up with Hey Mercedes' J. Robins instead of Ben Gibbard, The Postal Service could have sounded like +/-. Headed by ex-Versus member Ed Bayulut. +/- is as dreamy, hook-laden and well-executed as the Grey's Anatomy soundtrackers, but without the clichéd emoisms. Instead, the Brooklyn trio opts for a slightly more adult approach, coupled some slight '90s math rock undertones that it just can't shake. $7/ 9:30 p.m. —RI

Black Helicopter, Curtains of Night, Nightlight

When Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore signed Black Helicopter to his Ecstatic Peace label last year, many folks were puzzled. Why on earth would Moore—perhaps rock 'n' roll's most notorious noise-head—sign an aurual smorgasbord of all his mid-'90s indie rock peers to his usually far-left-of-center label, especially in 2006? Well, it's probably because they're pretty good. $5/ 10 p.m. —RI

Saturday, March 24

FrequeNC Records Night, Nightlight

Augusta, Ga., duo Jjak Hogan get dirt-funky from a distressed electro shell, closer to hip-hop leftfielders Anti-Pop Consortium and booty-bass men Detroit Grand Pubahs than anything else. (Also, fingers crossed: FrequeNC may be releasing a record by them this year. Check their "I'm Going Devo" to hear why). Zeke Graves—previously with Cold Sides, among others, and here as Datahata—brings some jackin' drop beats, with Juan Huevos' rhymes, a cast of DJs, and burlesque by Miss Mary Wanna. Don't miss this showcase, hear? $6/ 10 p.m. —CT

Two Ton Boa, 31 Knots, Bellafea, 305 South

This show will be good, with loads of angular hooks and incisive guitars. But, more notably, the rendezvous of Olympia's Two Ton Boa and San Francisco's 31 Knots with first-class local openers Bellafea is important: These are two bands on legitimate national labels (5RC and Polyvinyl), and they've chosen out of Chapel Hill and onto the stage of a bona fide venue in Durham. Remember, Kings closes in two weeks, and the bands are going to have to go somewhere. 305 South seems like it's ready. $8/ 9 p.m. —GC

Sunday, March 25

Bishop Allen, Local 506

This Brooklyn band picked a fitting title for its 2003 debut Charm School. Charm they've got, of the oh-so-slightly-punky pop variety. We're talking Yo La Tengo Fakebook charm. In fact, depending on where you stand on jangle and whimsy and EPs named after months, they might over-charm you. Fellow indie poppers Minmae and Gray Young open, probably quite charmingly so. $8/ 9 p.m. —RC

Tuesday, March 27

Cold War Kids, Tokyo Police Club, Local 506

A steady handful of genres inform the blog rock of California's Cold War Kids: The best extrinsic hints, though, are the warm, stoned spaciousness of their slight psychedelia and new wave's willingness to dance without working to make "dance" music. Speaking of dancing, Canada's Tokyo Police Club plays an itchy, gleefully spastic rock that recalls recent New York art punk while displaying more sonic adventurousness than most of them. $10-$12/ 9 p.m.—JM

Pete Yorn, Minibar, Moses Mayfield, Lincoln Theatre

Listening to Pete Yorn is like dating someone who's more into you than you are to them. Ultimately, it'll leave you unsatisfied. Sure, maybe if you give yourself over, the Jersey-bred songwriter could impress you with his passionate delivery, or the fine work Butch Walker (see above) does producing Yorn's rock-driven latest Nightcrawlers, but you'll probably just look for keener tools in the shed. Openers Minibar aren't any more original, but they're a heap more tuneful. Opener Moses Mayfield is Counting Crows caught in a Matchbox 20. $21-$24/ 8 p.m. —CP

Wednesday, March 28

Leo Kottke, The ArtsCenter

The sound Leo Kottke gets from his six- and 12-string acoustic guitars is a wonder: His 1969 Takoma album Six and Twelve String Guitar is a calling card for solo acoustic guitarists, with both its sweeping compositions and Kottke's embrace of the guitar as a Sturm Und Drang symphony in waiting still making it beyond relevant. Kottke's experienced a revival of late, as a product of both his collaborations with Phish bassist Mike Gordon and through the recent resurgence of acoustic experimenters. Keep your fingers crossed that Kottke sings tonight: It just makes his guitar playing that much more fortunate. $29/ 8:30 p.m. —GC

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