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For the week of August 9-16

Music worth leaving the house for

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Contributors: Grant Britt, Rick Cornell, Grayson Currin, Kathy Justice, Robbie Mackey, Chris Toenes

Wednesday, August 9

Ozzfest with Dragonforce, Alltel Pavilion

To understand the beauty of DragonForce is to forgive the UK power boys for unwittingly cribbing the verse chords offa Garth's "Thunder Rolls" in their callisthenic metal workout "Through the Fire and Flames." It's also the ability to overlook the fact that the phrase "through the fire and flames" appears in two different songs on their latest Roadrunner release, Inhumane Rampage. But most importantly it's the ability to appreciate song-spanning wankery, meteor tempos and every power metal calling card under the blistering sun. A day at Ozzfest never sounded so epic. $26.25-$105/11 a.m. --RM

Language Arts, Wetlands

Aden Darity and Pierce Freelon spit rhymes in this duo, but their collective experiences behind the mic are extraordinary for a couple of conscious rappers in their early 20s. Both come from artistic families--Darity the son of blues performer Sandy Darity; Freelon's mother is jazz diva Nnenna--and their focus on heritage and activism shines against the grayness of game-talkers in young hip hop. With Sarasota, Florida's Free Poets Collective and MC Tyler Hipnosis. $6/ 10 p.m. --CT

Thursday, August 10

The Rewinds, Wetlands

A breezy Birmingham band with a not-quite-quiet Alex Chilton crush, The Rewinds are guitar-pop classicists pushing two axes through straight-ahead rhythms and high-vaulted vocal ceilings, self-proclaiming the usual Guided by Voices and Superdrag referents. They've got four Triangle shows: Today at 6 p.m. at Schoolkids Records in Chapel Hill, tonight at The Wetlands at 10 p.m., tomorrow at Schoolkids Records in Raleigh at 3 p.m. and at Raleigh Music Hall at 10 p.m. Their power-pop won't shake the Triangle up, but it may shake a few hips loose. $6 --GC

Extreme Animals, Nightlight

Geez Louise, it's the cantankerous cartoon noise-niks Extreme Animals and their animation madness PaperRad videos. The Triangle is a sort of second home to them, Nightlight being an HQ, and they've released a video game musical montage via Chapel Hill's FrequeNC label. Always mixed between healthy silliness and brain-scrambling production, the Animals are like a Lite-Brite version of Zappa, without the jazz. With Doo Man Group and Fortress of Amplitude. $5/10 p.m. --CT

Deerhoof, Pleasant, Cat's Cradle

A Deerhoof performance sounds like one million pop songs exploding into smithereens. But what it looks like might come as a surprise to some: an adorable Asian girl bounces around like a ragdoll on stage, while gangly white dudes who look like bank tellers offer up whacko backing beats. Like a psychedelic firework display, the sound (and the sight) is both beautiful and scary: bright bursts of color, nasty clouds of smoke, and a girl named Satomi blowing your mind. Fourth of July comes late this year. $10-$12/9:30 p.m. --RM

Friday, August 11

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Cat's Cradle

You'd think that being the voice behind the funkiest version of a Woody Guthrie song ever, courtesy of last year's redwood-rattling take on "This Land Is Your Land," would be enough. But not for Sharon Jones, who's broadened her horizons even more by lending her soul-queen vocals to a children's CD titled Baby Loves Jazz. But there'll be no kid stuff when Ms. Jones and the dapper and regal Dap-Kings make Cat's Cradle their kingdom for a night. $12/9:30 p.m. --RC

On The Take with D.C. Nahm, Nightlight

OtT includes two former Piedmont Charismatics, which could mean the rock can be left of center in a great way. David Nahm--the man behind the curtain of pop group Audubon Park--can also deliver a punch line. Sometimes self-effacing, usually situational, his humor is more Onion than one-line dick jokes, further evidenced on AP's blog Tropic of Food, which explores the "meaning" of strangers' graduation photos and a recent trip to Moscow. With DJs Viva and Mothersbrothers. --CT

Dirty on Purpose, My Dear Ella, Glissade, Local 506

The brilliant but almost altogether overlookedshoegazed bands of the mid-'90s American Midwest deserve credit for getting right what's sometimes rumored to be one of My Bloody Valentine's feats: Smothering pop songs in sheets of sound and still letting them breath like pop songs. At its best, Brooklyn's Dirty on Purpose fits that mold, carefully building a sonic mess from guitars, horns and keys that ascends with believable charm. Openers Glissade subscribe to Spacemen 3 sheets of sound, while My Dear Ella's psychedelic rock tends to separate its melodies and manias. $6/10 p.m. --GC

Laura Blackley, Bynum General Store

Like the best Southern songstresses, Laura Blackley knows the power of unleashing her heartbreak over a good bottle of whiskey and strokes of blues-inspired organic guitar. She's darn good at it, too, turning gritty tunes into folk ballads. But don't pigeonhole Blackley to folk fare: She compares her sound to a complicated cross between that of Loretta Lynn and the pop princess herself, Britney Spears. The oddity rings true, as Blackley's lusty vocal grit is reminiscent of songbird Lynn's, while her finely-honed melodies combine with a dash of sex appeal to reflect the finer workings of the teen queen. Donation/7:30 p.m. --KJ

Don Dixon Trio, The Pour House

To most people, Don Dixon is best known as the coproducer of R.E.M.'s first album, Murmur, with Mitch Easter. But there was a time when Dixon was the envy of the rock world. As the lead singer for the rock band Arrogance, Dixon inspired Hootie & the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker to blurt, "If I could ever sing like Dixon, I'd retire right on the spot and then die a happy man." Inspired by a request from his daughter, Dixon has released his first record in six years, The Entire Combustible World In One Small Room. 6:30 p.m. --GB

Jon Shain Trio, Shakori Hills

Upon the release of Home Before Long, Jon Shain's latest post-Flyin' Mice/WAKE record, Shain offered this to the Independent: "Over the years, you get these different articles that say you sound like this person, you sound like that person. And people need to know that, because until you're known, you need to be put in 'file under this.' But I think I'm starting to sound like myself." That self is at its rootsiest and country-bluesiest when in Jon Shain Trio mode. Pass the helmet/7:00 p.m. --RC

Saturday, August 12

Boot Camp Clik, Cat's Cradle

Boot Camp Clik served as a counterpoint to left coast G rap in the '90s, combining grit both sampled and spit on tracks that solidified acts like Black Moon and Smif N Wesson as underground stars with too much live-wire capacity to surface in the limelight for too long. Still, in the past decade, BCC and its associates have pushed 3 million albums worldwide. The Clik's first record in four years, The Last Stand, features appearances from 9th Wonder, Pete Rock and Large Professor, but it fails to capture the spirit they'll bring to the Cradle stage. $12-$14/9:30 p.m.--GC

Tim Barry, The Reservoir

Punk rock ain't about killing the system anymore. Ostensibly, the modern stuff has splintered into two factions: poppy-happy-girl-loving chord rock, and brotherhood-obsessed drinking music. So it makes sense that storied toughster and former Avail fronter Tim Barry's solo stuff comes across like a stiff whisky drink during a Woody Guthrie listening session. No pop here. We're in barstool country. --RM

Tuesday, August 15

The Drams, The Pour House

You may have a bit of trouble recognizing the band formerly known as Slobberbone in its new incarnation as The Drams. With three remaining 'Bone men--frontman Brent Best, drummer Tony Harper and bassist Jess Barr--the band has gone from a country-flavored garage rock and punk act to a pop band with an Irish flavor. God knows where the green comes from, as the boys all hail from Texas. The addition of Chad Stockslager and bassist Keith Killoren, both from Dallas's Budapest One, may make the band's sound more radio friendly, but you'll probably still miss that ol' 'Bone punch. $10-$12/8 p.m. --GB

Poison, Cinderella, Alltel Pavilion

Homemade video star Bret Michaels notwithstanding, Poison made some memorable puffed-up skank-rock in the '80s, when these things were less ironic and arena rock was turning nastier (see G n' R). Now they're marking two decades of kicking up their high heel boots with a remake of Grand Funk's "We're an American Band" (also reworked recently by avant rockers MX-80), but as anyone who frequents these retro shows will tell you, Poison comes around every year. It's just a matter of how far back one goes with them (or how far backstage). $18.50/7 p.m. --CT

Wednesday, August 16

The Great White Jenkins, Ilad, Kings

Named somewhat ironically but appropriately for co-founders Matt White and Andy Jenkins, Richmond's The Great White Jenkins' third full-length, Where Is Thy Sting?, is one of the year's principal Southeast surprises. A cohesive album of mid-fi acoustic ballads, Sting implies deliberate understatement on songs fleshed with Dixieland horns, backwater three-part harmonies and Van Dyke Parks-meets-Smog arrangements. City brethren Ilad opens. 10 p.m. --GC

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