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Thursday, September 15
Stretch Arm Strong CD release party, Hopesfall
The Brewery

SoCar quartet Stretch Arm Strong has been mining their melodic hardcore sound for a decade, and 2003's Engage was their best to date, evidencing something of an old school shout-along punk side at times. Charlotte's Hopesfall is another band borne of '90s hardcore and metal, but the one-time Cornerstone act took their sound in a new direction with their last album, A-Types, which explores a layered, prog-roc-ish emo direction reminiscent of Coheed & Cambria. --CP

Friday, September 16
Winning Looks, Des_Ark, Robo Sapien, Rachel Lee Walsh
Nightlight

Tami Hart put out on a record on Mr. Lady, but she hasn't been heard from in a while. Ladies and gents, get out here. Here's her new band Winning Looks, with a steady lineup rocking throughout: Des_Ark, new electro-transplants Robo Sapien from the frequeNC camp, and opener Walsh. $5/10 p.m. --CT

Shooter Jennings, Bonepony
Lincoln Theatre

Jessi and Waylon's only boy, Shooter Jennings is a trash-talking, hard-living county singer who knows as much about the genre in his genes as he does about classic rock, punk rock and the sweetly sour sting of good ol' soul. As such, his debut, Put the O Back in Country, opens with a barnstormer lifted from his father's lyrical wealth that bucks like a what-about-Music Row bull but drops Haggard, Stones, Jones and--of course--Waylon. The kicker: "Southern Comfort," a blue-eyed ballad with Faith Evans (yes, Notorious B.I.G.'s wife) and his mom on backing vocals. $10-12/10 p.m. --GC

The Choosey Beggars
The Cave

Asheville soul stirrers with singer Bryan Cates belting out the bawlers in his best Sam Cooke, the Beggars knock out rough-hewn movers that soar in the Cave. Maybe that's why they keep asking them back. The show starts at 7:30. --CT

Carbon Leaf, Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers
Cat's Cradle

This bill features a pair of young bands with sounds that are just a whisper to the left of radio ready, and they're both all the more appealing because of that. Richmond's Carbon Leaf sneak some Celtic moments into their rootsy rock, while New England-based Stephen Kellogg and his band somehow make a combination of the Wallflowers, commercial country-ish pop and Elvis Costello work. $10-12/9:30 p.m. --RC

Saturday, September 17
5th Anniversary Spread Your Wings Benefit
Neighborhood Theatre (Charlotte)

You have to get out a little bit farther for this one, but it's well worth the increasingly pricey miles. In addition to the mighty Jon Dee Graham, Louisiana native Kevin Gordon, and David Childers & the Modern Don Juans, this year's edition of Spread Your Wings features an emotional return to the Queen City by Alejandro Escovedo. All proceeds to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. See www.spreadyourwingsmusic.org. $10-15/7 p.m. --RC

Sunday, September 18
Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers, Les Honky More Tonkies
The Pour House

The last time that ex-Refreshment Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers played in Raleigh, fans traveled from halfway across the country to catch 'em. The reasons why are simple: They'll give you an entertaining show, and their music, straight-ahead rock 'n' roll with a little country and southwestern around the edges, braces like a two-tequila lunch. Nashville's Les Honky More Tonkies opens. $10/7 p.m. --RC

Nebula, Leadfoot
Local 506

Boston's Nebula sail psychotropic seas of feedback, crisscrossing the area between early '70s acid, garage and space rock like a bong-wielding undergrad in search of a major. Leadfoot keeps its Chuck Taylors more firmly planted in their fertile Southern roots, with a guitar spin-out that kicks out more rock than the General Lee and a low-end that's thicker than the grease over a Wendy's grill. $8/10 p.m. --CP

Rasputina
Cat's Cradle

Melora Creagor's chamber trio has evolved in its 14 years from three cellists to two, undergone numerous lineup changes, and in 2002 added a male for the first time, drummer Jonathan TeBeest. But the greatest evolution has been in the sound since that last lineup change. While maintaining the chamber-goth aesthetic that spawned them, their fourth album, 2004's Frustration Plantation, adds a Southern gothic/Deliverance quality that's perfectly pitched for their dark tone and sense of humor. $13-15/9:15 p.m. --CP

Monday, September 19
Doves, Longwave
Cat's Cradle

This terrific Manchester atmospheric pop trio fashions thick resplendent plumes of guitar and sends them heavenward in composition that strike a balance between the bouncy hook-driven aesthetic of Britpop and the groovy, shimmer of dream pop. Their latest, Lost Souls, is their most concise musical statement to date, with songs as opposed to compositions, and a strong whiff of Northern Soul, especially on album highlight and progress-questioning statement of purpose, "Black & White Town." Boston's Longwave sounded like they could've been an American-ized answer to the Doves on 2003's David Fridmann produced The Strangest Things, which also combines dreamy and hook-driven, but with a more scabrous, other-side-of-the-pond guitar bite. But their latest, There's A Fire makes you wonder whether they're only a flash in the pan. The show gets going at 8:45 p.m. and runs $15. --CP

The Makers, Jimmy & The Teasers, Stratocruisers
Local 506

Call 'em The Makers 'cuz they're from Spokane. Call 'em The Makers 'cuz they make glam rock with garage grit and, on their latest, some loose soul leanings. Call 'em The Makers 'cuz they're still making it, still rocking after 14 years, almost as many member swaps, several labels (Estrus, Sub Pop, Sympathy for..., and now Kill Rock Stars ain't too bad) and one massive member-name change (Jay Maker became Jay Amerika, after all) later. Hell, just call the dudes. $8/10 p.m. --GC

Wednesday, September 21
Troubled Hubble, Regina Hexaphone, Palaxy Tracks
Wetlands

"Ineffable is life and death / Let's talk until we run out of breath and just run along," sings Troubled Hubble's Chris Otepka on the band's new record, Making Beds in a Burning House. His social commentary runs more than a bit trite, but his musings on life are filled with a refreshing not-yet-jaded sincerity, sung in a sweet, once-timid way that recalls the crooked smile of Doug Martsch, minus the solo bravado. Regina Hexaphone--Sara Bell's gorgeous muse--plays, too, with Austin's Palaxy Tracks. $6/10 p.m. --GC

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