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For the week of September 6 through 13

Music worth leaving the house for

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

Thursday, September 7

Triangle Blues Society Fundraiser, Wetlands

The society assembles blues nights at several Triangle venues, from the Berkeley Café in Raleigh to Blue Bayou in Hillsborough, but probably their best gift lies in their support of the indigenous tradition of Piedmont finger style guitar. Help put some bucks in the till for their festival with Bobby Frost, The Royal Street Band, Lonesome George and the Soul Shakers, Mike "Howling Wind" Davis and more. Show costs $6, doors at 7 p.m. --CT

Will The Circle Be Unbroken, UNC-Chapel Hill Memorial Hall

The latest famed work of Pulitzer-prize winning author Studs Terkel, Will the Circle Be Unbroken?, an eclectic collection of oral histories on the universal experience of death, is brought from paper to reality with added theatrical flair in this stage performance. An ensemble cast will perform several readings from the book, bringing the characters of legendary bluegrass musician Doc Watson, actress Uta Hagen, author Kurt Vonnegut and a slew of everyday men and women to life to recount their own personal experience with life's final frontier. Musical interpretations will be added to the readings, incorporating the genres of blues, folk, opera and gospel into the readings for added poignancy. Happens today and tomorrow. $24-$50/8 p.m. --KJ

Friday, September 8

Des Ark, Meneguar, The Strugglers, Filthybird, Broad Street Cafe

A pair of the area's staples join New York's fantastic Meneguar and Greensboro's sublimely psychedelic Filthybird: For the past year, Des Ark has been Aimee Argote going it alone, curling songs fraught with emotional tremors through snarled lips. Her floor-sitting sets manage to be both gripping and high on levity. The Strugglers will draw Oldham brothers comparisons, but--by now--the pictures Randy Bickford paints in self-doubt and bright hopes are on a different level. Magic Bullet's Meneguar may more enthusiastic than The Walkmen and more fun than Modest Mouse. Donations/9 p.m. --GC

David Dyer & The Crooked Smile Band, Bynum General Store

Carolina country boy makes self-described "twangrock" that combines the best elements of dirty low-country swamp rock with the polished pizzazz of contemporary country and a pinch of soulful gospel, letting his rich southern heritage shine through with every chord change and string-crossing. This is the type of music that should be played on a frontporch at dusk in those last waning moments of a shimmering southland summer. Donations/7:30 p.m. --KJ

Alias, Smith & Jones, Overproof, Eyes to Space, Kings

Engineers Without Borders is an international non-profit devoted to sending young scientists to foreign lands to develop systems for sustainable resources. As with most causes worth a higher priority, they partly depend on their own funding efforts, but at least several local rock bands want to help: Alias, Smith & Jones scab through later-Replacements sparring songs, while Overproof puts ostentatious riffs behind Jane Tarry's sultry howl. On that note, Eyes to Space is a science-loving band without any rockist borders. They're just having fun, and it's fun to watch. 9 p.m. --GC

Tribute to Joseph Hill: Culture Reggae Band, Mickey Mills & Steel, Cat's Cradle

As the best Jamaican reggae artists' careers start, Joseph "Culture" Hill's began at Studio One. He went on to be one of the most revered reggae artists both for his musical ability and his strong convictions of unity and peace. He held the first concert in 1987 at Neve Shalom, a Middle Eastern village occupied peacefully by Palestinians and Israeli Jews, before other musicians flocked there. He passed away Aug. 19, and his band performs her in honor of his legacy, along with locals Mickey Mills & Steel. $12/8 p.m. --CT

Saturday, September 9

Nathan Asher & the Infantry, American Aquarium, Raleigh Music Hall

Two of the most unwavering, singular acts in the Triangle, Nathan Asher & the Infantry and American Aquarium keep splitting bills and playing marathon sets. American Aquarium writes hard-nosed, soft-hearted country-founded rock pushed down the road by a driving rhythm section and an acoustic guitar's unrepentant major chords but guided to safety by expansive lovelorn narratives. Nathan Asher spins streams of words with the zeal of heroes like Smith and Springsteen, carried by the over-the-top arrangement ambition of the latter. 10 p.m. --GC

Can Joann, The Longshoremen, Kings

A fine show for indie-rock melodic lovers, Can Joann gets metaphysical and philosophical in four-minute guitar romps. The Longshoremen sound like a good, self-serious indie rock band with loads of angst and aggression and discontent and stuff. They drift like a gossamer Teenage Fanclub or a wayward Arches. Oh yeah, then they drop lines about eating tacos or how "Denver sucks/ It's a fucking shit hole." 10 p.m. --GC

The Amateurs, Jule Brown, Latta House

For the Amateurs, arguably the pre-eminent reggae band in the Southeast, this will be like playing on their front lawn: They are the caretakers of Latta House, which has become a band headquarters of sorts. As bill-sharers, they welcome the pseudo-mysterious Jule Brown (aka, Mark Holland) and his band, whose rustic sound combines electric folk with what can best be described as indie country-blues. Think Charley Patton meets at least two of Neil Young's musical personalities. $5/6 p.m. --RC

Billie Joyce, Toni Catlin, Forty Acres House Concert in Chapel Hill

When longtime Forty Acres coordinator Tom Fisher caught Toni Catlin at Merlefest, he knew that her tremendous energy and stage presence would further enliven any living room. And when Rod Picott, a guy with several mesmerizing Forty Acres performances under his belt, recommended a pairing of the Nashville-based Catlin with Billie Joyce (another singer-songwriter from Nashville, albeit by way of the family farm in Saskatchewan), it was time to polish up the folding chairs. See www.fortyacres.org for directions and additional details. $15/8 p.m. --RC

Sunday, September 10

David Mead, Bill West, The Pour House

Thanks to an endless supply of indelible melodies and a voice as appealingly warm as Indian summer, David Mead's grand pop has a certain relaxing quality. Consider it a musical massage, and consider Mead to be Ron Sexsmith's musical twin. North Carolina's Bill West, last seen fronting the band The Flood, opens.$8-$10/7 p.m. --RC

Monday, September 11

Strung Up, Direct Control, Street Sharks, Double Negative, Crossed Laws, Kings

Spiky-haired dudes are spiraling through crowds like torn-T-shirt dervishes; gruff men belt out lyrics in angry anti-establishment rants; songs often last a minute, sets a whole 20. Wondering what decade it is? It's the '00s, baby, and this prez still lets them eat jellybeans like Reagan once did, so go figure. $6/10 p.m. --CT

Zox, Casual Fiasco, The Vints, Local 506

Providence's Zox arranges typically written love songs in atypically ambitious ways, powering hooky acoustic rock about girlfriends coming and going through challenging bridges and nearly prog-based breakdowns. Violin, finger-tapping and unrequited love: It's your call. The Casual Fiasco sound exactly like a tepid band of four dudes named Josh, James, Joshua and Will from the Phish farm of Burlington, Vt. Then again, they are a tepid band of four dudes named Josh, James, Joshua and Will from the Phish farm of Burlington, Vt. $8/9 p.m. --GC

Tuesday, September 12

Reverend Horton Heat, HorrorPops, Lincoln Theatre

The Rev's roots go back to rockabilly, natch, but this Heat Miser ended up creating a sort of glitzy version with the same fervor that wanna-be punks took over car culture and tattoo parlors. The guts of the music are still there, packaged in a flames and leather outfit. $15/9:15 p.m. --CT

Rusted Root, Cat's Cradle

Don't fret, even though the summer-run of '90s alt-rock reminiscing at Raleigh's Downtown Live has come to an end, you can still get all nostalgic at the Cat's Cradle in Chapel Hill with a performance from pre-millennium jam-band hit makers Rusted Root. Yep, the smooth Pittsburgh-based sextet is still in business, bringing their loopy funkster soul beats and world harmonies to the stage, all the while preaching love, joy and peace to anyone who'll lend an ear. But don't worry, if you can make it through the neo-hippie lyrical doctrine and Glabicki's vocals, then you might just find yourself happily dancing to "Send Me On My Way" and forgetting the "make love, not war" motif. $23-$25/ 9 p.m. --KJ

Wednesday, September 13

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Damian Marley, Koka Booth Amphitheatre

Ben Harper's soulman/reggae/gospel/funk sound has always attracted attention. His latest, Both Sides of the Gun takes that road and nods to the past: "Engraved Invitation" and "Get It Like You Like It" smacks of the Stones, "Please Don't Talk About Murder When I'm Eating" sounds like something Dylan would have come up with in his Freewheelin' days. It's revolutionary music you can pat your foot to--just watch your back. $38/6 p.m. --GB

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