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For the week of May 17 through May 23

Music worth leaving the house for

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Thursday, May 18

Yellowman, Lincoln Theatre

Scorned by his countrymen and institutionalized for no other reason than the color of his skin, Jamaican albino Vincent Foster decided the best way to overcome his problem was to embrace it. Adopting the nom de plume Yellowman, the rapper used his pigmentation as an advantage, bragging that his condition made him more attractive to women. A Very Very Yellow Christmas has Yellowman masquerading as Santa, delivering breadfruit and beef patties to all the good little girls and boys and sexual favors to their not-so-good mommies. You get the idea. $14-18/10 p.m. --GB

Friday, May 19

The Chapin Sisters, St. Philip's Church Parish Hall (Durham)

This one's got everything--an interesting back story, impressive bloodlines, a cool tag line and a good cause, the Urban Ministries of Durham. Sisters Abigail and Lily Chapin, along with Jessica Craven (the first two the daughters of folk-singer Tom Chapin, the last the daughter of director Wes Craven), deliver three-part-harmony versions of new-wave and punk songs. Think, it has been suggested, "Crosby Stills & Nash meets Cat Power." $8-15/7 p.m. --RC

Stringfellows, ArtsCenter

How can this be? It seems like just yesterday that the ambitious roll call for the 2006 edition of the ArtsCenter's American Roots Series was announced, and now the series is wrapping up for the year. Bringing down the curtain in rousing fashion are Stringfellows, featuring the dueling guitars of jazz-leaning Bernie Petteway and flatpicking Danny Gotham backed by bluegrass vet Jan Johansson on fiddle and mandolin, double bassist Rick Lassiter, and area percussionist laureate Ed Butler. $12/8 p.m. --RC

Angie Aparo, Nathan Asher & The Infantry, Raleigh Music Hall

In a steel cage deathmatch (where songs, not blows, draw blood), Nathan Asher could mop the floor with Atlanta, Ga.'s Angie Aparo and his soggy, mid-'90s alterna-angst. Fist-clenching choruses and all, Angie and his band are just a cut above stale-beer frat rock. But club politics dictate a few things: Touring bands with guarantees take precedent, and locals like The Infantry, no matter how good, get second billing. So arrive early and dip out to bid adieu to The Sames back in Chapel Hill. $5/7:30 p.m. --RM

The Vints, Amanda French, Slim's

Raleigh acoustic balladeers The Vints nestle themselves in that nook where an occasional twang creeps into pop crooning, or where The Old 97s are considered indie rock. Finding that place is easy, though making it your own--which they seem to be doing--is much harder. 10 p.m. --CT

Oakley Hall
  • Oakley Hall

Oakley Hall, TV Knife, The Longshoremen, Kings

A Brooklyn band that deserves notoriety, Oakley Hall roars through major-chord numbers shaped something like country laments with a psychedelic singe, overdriven guitars stomping down on wooden floors only when they're not pin-prickling out Wilco-like anti-riffs above droning violins and propulsive four-floor backbeats. Vocals come split by an Aimee Mann/Lucinda Williams hybrid and a Gram Parsons protégé, and you get banjo, lap, steel, feedback and keys for good measure. See this band, please. TV Knife is introverted and weepy in a good way, and The Longshoremen are snarly gnarly. 10 p.m. --GC

Saturday, May 20

Black Skies, Monsonia, Slim's

The term "power trio" gets thrown around pretty liberally because it sounds badass. But Chapel Hill's Black Skies (The Man ver. 2.0) are a by-the-book example of the classic power trio: a simple but forceful guitar-drums-bass setup, getting the job done with oomph. ZZ Top, The Minutemen, The Jam, Black Sabbath (power trio with singer)--K. Smith and company come through as a swampy mixture of p-t heavy hitters. There's still some bare chests and Iggy antics left over from the Man, but the new unit's more about brooding than beer. Free/10 p.m. --RM

Sunday, May 21

Seth Kauffman, Tyler Ramsey, Wetlands

Ting, the new album from Choosy Beggar Seth Kauffman, is truly a home-grown effort. Kauffman served as one-man-band (even providing his own falsetto background vocals) while quite possibly inventing garage-gospel-reggae in the process--all from a rudimentary home studio. He'll have a band with him for this show, so things will be a little higher-fi, but no less entertaining. $6/9 p.m. --RC

Tuesday, May 23

Duke Robillard, Cat's Cradle

When Duke Robillard picks up one of his vintage guitars, you're never sure what's going to happen. Blues, jazz, rockabilly swing or rock and roll may fall out. Robillard founded Roomful of Blues, played with Robert Gordon and the Legendary Blues Band, and spent two years with The Fabulous Thunderbirds. His latest Guitar Groove-A-Rama showcases tunes from all phases of his career including a funky version of "Danny Boy." $10-12/8:30 p.m. --GB

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