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Sam Bush
Lincoln Theatre
Thursday, Sept. 23

With his long, curly 'do flopping from side-to-side and his beaming grin that makes him a perennial fan favorite no matter the bent of whatever dexterous, fleet hybrid of jazz, bluegrass and rock he may then be pursuing with his all-star outfit, Sam Bush treats every gig like a kid in the proverbial candy store. What can be expected, though, from a bona fide mandolin virtuoso whose latest, King of My World, includes an ode to ace St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Ozzie Smith --GC

Jimmy Thackery & the Drivers
Blue Bayou
Thursday, Sept. 23

Thirty-two years ago, four white boys from the D.C. area decided to get together and take a black blues band format out on the road. Nearly two decades later, Nighthawks guitarist co-founder Jimmy Thackery had had enough. "I'd put in 17 years with the same band and if I was ever gonna make it on my own I'd better do it while I could still walk on my own--without some sort of wheelchair," he cackles. His new quartet is stripped-down and blusey with Thackery still playing with intensity. --GB

Weakerthans, Lucero
Cat's Cradle
Friday, Sept. 24

The former frontman of political punk rockers Propagandhi, John Samson took his agit-prop solo and turned it inward, producing terrific, supple, introspective indie pop with folk overtones. It's a joy to listen to, but nothing compared to Samson's acute, literate lyrics, populated by cats hectoring their masters for their "self-defeating lies," exhausted residents "living between reasons to live," and machines that disassemble despair and run on lies, gasoline "and all those batteries we stole from smoke alarms." Replacements-inflected roots-rockers Lucero open. --CP

The Strugglers CD Release Party
Bickett Gallery
Friday, Sept. 24

If you have yet to catch a show at Bickett Gallery--one of Raleigh's finest galleries and most interesting venues--this should mark your initiation. Chapel Hill-by-way-of-Wilmington duo Bellafea amps up the early 764-HERO burn, fueling it with Heather McEntire's sultry, swathy, sturm und drang vocals and Nathan Buchanan's capable drum salvos. The Strugglers, a local Damien Jurado-meets-Thorazine Tupelo gem, are well worth hearing, as frontman Randy Bickford sports that adoring crack in his voice like a hole in a favorite, lived-in overcoat. --GC

The Husbands, The Greatest Hits
Kings
Friday, Sept. 24

The Husbands' Sadie Shaw and Sarah Reed have West Coast rock pedigrees too long for this space, but after years apart the high school friends reunited last year for some spare, old-fashioned garage with fuzzed-out surf riffs and a raw, primitive attack that'd fit in fine on a Nuggets collection. They've got swagger a-plenty, but their no-nonsense approach lacks the pretense and self-consciousness of their garage peers who sound like they're trying too hard. Locals The Greatest Hits are perfect partners for The Husbands thanks to a similarly sweaty, rock crunch. --CP

The Blue Dogs
The Pour House
Friday, Sept. 24

Though they began as a country/bluegrass band in the late-'80s, by the time they released their first album in 1991, they'd plugged in and worked down that dusty rustic road toward a sound that embraced not only country rock, but roots and Southern rock as well. From the Outlaws to Tom Petty to The Wallflowers, the Charleston, S.C. quartet (with additional musicians drawn from an extended family of fluctuating membership) feature a variety of influences, and they're equally comfortable with an intimate acoustic number or foot-stomping rock, while tending to favor the latter. However, their forthcoming album with producer Don Gehrman (Hootie, Blues Traveler) explores an alt-country/Americana vein, which may foretell a slightly different agenda for the night's show. SpencerAcuff opens. --CP

Drive-By Truckers
Lincoln Theatre
Saturday, Sept. 25

Twisters, shotguns and marriages choked on double-digit unemployment and damned cancer. Sheriffs, penitentiaries and racecars reliant upon Daddy's dream and shiny cups. Sun Records, suicides and rivers carrying the dead weight of traitors and cheats. That's the haunting, unrelenting and uncompromising image of The Dirty South, the latest in a troika of releases from Athens' brilliant Drive-By Truckers, who remain one of the few bands thriving below the Mason-Dixon line still able to find redemption and resolution in the contradictions and conflicts of its bitter and beautiful, caustic and comforting Dixie heritage. --GC

Choro Sax Brasil
Baldwin Auditorium
Saturday, Sept. 25

"Choro" is Portugese for "to cry," and listening to the lilting saxophones in choro, you can see how this intimate brand of Brazilian instrumental jazz got its name. Ambling and syncopated, choro thrived in the cafes and bistros of early 20th-century Rio, but its roots go back to the European social dances, African and indigenous music of the 19th century. Brazilian composer Mario Seve, of Choro Sax Brasil, is leading a modern renaissance in the genre. This supergroup with some of Brazil's best on saxophones, guitar, piano, bass and percussion performs in Duke's Baldwin Auditorium this Saturday at 8 p.m. --SP

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