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Countdown Quartet and Piedmont All-Stars
The Cave
Friday June 13

The Triangle's own spicy take on New Orleans funk and party music, the Countdowns take the evening toward the midnight hour in the late set, with horns blaring and feet stomping. Practicing some of the native old-time music of Appalachia, the Piedmont All-Stars will pluck banjos and fiddles starting in the early set. --Chris Toenes

Red Clay Ramblers Reunion
N.C. Museum of Art
Saturday, June 14

In honor of founding member Tommy Thompson, who died in January, George Holt, the dean of North Carolina music presenters, has achieved a major miracle. For the debut WUNC Back Porch Music Concert at the N.C. Museum of Art, Holt has pulled together a reunion concert by the Red Clay Ramblers. Formed in Chapel Hill in 1972 as a revival old-time string band, the Red Clay Ramblers have scored movies and musicals, evolving into America's premier whatzit band blending hillbilly, ragtime, Celtic, original and show music into a sound they pioneered. Founding members Jim Watson and Bill Hicks, along with almost-original Rambler Mike Craver, will join the current band for the concert. --Art Menius

Scott Miller & Commonwealth
Cat's Cradle
Saturday, June 14

Scott Miller's V-Roys straddled the line between roots, rockabilly and pop. The band released three albums with Steve Earle's E-Squared label before splitting up in 2000. Milller's new band, the Commonwealth, has been compared to the Replacements, but Miller is more folky with a better sense of humor. His latest release with the Commonwealth, Upside Downside is such a mix of styles and genres that it defies classification. Miller rocks pretty hard with the Chuck Berry-ish shotgun wedding tale "It Didn't Take Too Long," exhibits some Steve Earle influence on "Raised by the Graves," and goes country-folky with the John Prine sounding "The Way." "Pull Your Load" sounds like latter day John Lennon, "Chill, Relax Now" sounds like something that Booker T and the MG's would have cranked out in the '60s and "Ciderville Saturday Night" is a rollicking bluegrass tune. The end result makes Scott Miller the most enjoyable musical multiple personality sufferer you'll encounter this side of an asylum. --Grant Britt

Karl Hendricks Trio with Cold Sides and Disband
Local 506
Tuesday, June 17

Pittsburgh's Karl Hendricks and his band work in the vein of rock bands such as Merge Records label mates Versus, marrying melodic pop with edgy guitar overtones. If you haven't caught the recent work of locals Cold Sides, now is a great time for it, as they often split their post-punk with some head-bobbing dance floor grooves. With math-punks Disband. --Chris Toenes

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