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For the week of August 2 through 9

Music worth leaving the house for


Contributors: Rick Cornell, Grayson Currin, Brian Howe, Chris Toenes

Wednesday, August 2

The Lesser Birds of Paradise, The Cave

Combining Califonic sonics with a barely subdued addiction to sing-song melodies, Chicago trio The Lesser Birds of Paradise release Space Between, their best album to date, less than a week after playing Chapel Hill. Tim Joyce's lyrics meld the stark imagery of experience with his plaintive pleas for confidants, sung just above an easy whisper. The band bleeds texture beneath those words, echoing guitars slinking under bowed cymbals and streaks of harmonica on the dreamboat "Do You Remember When (We Overthrew the Government)?" An exciting band for an intimate space. Donation/7:30 p.m. --GC

Thursday, August 3

The Proclivities, The Pour House

On his debut album, Predispositions, Matt Douglas--a Fulbright Scholar, an NYU jazz graduate and a classical composer--has written what may be the Triangle's pop song of the year: "Your Secret" creeps and swells up and over, all from the strength of a beautiful soul girder, a pitch-perfect organ guiding Douglas' deliberate acoustic and Chris Boerner's map-burning electric atonality. It's contagious and charismatic, and Douglas' The Proclivities follow suit. One of the most exciting new bands in this state, no kidding. $5/10 p.m. --GC

Friday, August 4

Two Dollar Pistols, Hearts & Daggers, The Pour House

A triple bill of hard-kickin' country can hardly come better than this: Two Dollar Pistols prefer to put it down slow and sour, talk of tears and beers ripping up through traintrack rhythms and fiery guitar licks. Hearts & Daggers put an outlaw, hard-line edge to it, while Winston-Salem's The Bo-Stevens lay the whammy across laymen laments. $8/10 p.m. --GC

Saturday, August 5

On Three, Dirty Little Heaters, Elevator Action, Local 506

Fronted by Eric Haugen of the dearly departed garage-psych band Fake Swedish, On Three concocts British Invasion melodies, bluesy vocals and hotted-up Southern rock riffage into a pungent stew. Haugen is a vision of technical wizardry in flannel, inheriting the mantle of nerdy guitar god from Elvis Costello and Rivers Cuomo, while Glissade's Adam Waldron wallops out a shuddering bottom end. After dabbling in being On Approximately Seventeen, On Three has happily regressed to a lean and crunchy power-trio in time for their final show with bassist David Haugen. The Dirty Little Heaters and Elevator Action open the farewell. $6/10 p.m. --BH

Arrogance, Cat's Cradle

To truly understand longtime central N.C. heroes Arrogance, seek out their 5'11" record, released on CD in 2002. It's not just the songs that paint a vivid picture of the band--although there's end-to-end great stuff here, including "Praying Mantis," "Southside Girl," "Talk to Me" and others that Yankees like me didn't hear until they surfaced on Don Dixon's solo albums. Nope, you also have to read the liner notes, specifically the song-by-song commentary. This is a group of guys who can finish each others sentences and who love to hear each other play. Opening are Adult Film Makers and another returning hero, Parthenon Huxley. $16-18/8:30 p.m. --RC

Spider Bags, The Cave

Mining a vibe that shambles between focused ballads and country numbers that gently fall apart, Spider Bags recently put the finishing touches on their full-length record, recorded with Brian Paulson. Word has it a certain Left Coast label that's home to similarly lysergic twang is releasing it. With Coydogs and Puddin' Tang. --CT

The Breaks, Velvet, Saxapahaw Rivermill

It could get loud and will definitely get pop-rocky by the river with these two Chapel Hill-based outfits. If they were to combine for an end-of-show rockout--a fella can dream, right?--it'd sound like a Let's Active-XTC-Pretenders mashup for the ages. 6 p.m. --RC

Candlebox, Urge Overkill, Raleigh Downtown Live, Moore Square Park

If you care that this is the first Candlebox tour in eight years, I apologize to you for you on your behalf. At this point, if the irony of its own 1993 hit called "Left Behind" still hasn't caught up with the Seattle late-wave grunge band, you can only hope old age does soon. But this bill also includes Urge Overkill with Raleigh's Brian Quast (The Cherry Valence, Re-graped, The BQ's) on drums, and that alone is worth the free admission (even if sets from Social Burn and Parmalee aren't), as Quast is a nice guy and local heavy hitter touring with some of his heroes. Memento, Drive Blind and Brad Benson open around 2 p.m. --GC

Sunday, August 6

The Eels, Cat's Cradle

The music of lead Eel Mark Oliver Everett, who some of us met when he was a man called E, has gotten more dark, more adventurous, more pretty much everything since those relatively lighter early days. But no matter how bleak, pain-filled or busy his work, there always seems to be a perfect pop song at the core, trying like hell to bust out. $15/8:45 p.m. --RC

Wednesday, August 9

Grasshopper, Dameira, Reservoir

Chapel Hill trio Grasshopper has an EP out now of energetic pop-rock, after the members met through an ad in this here paper a year ago. Now they're doing the no cover thing at Reservoir in Carrboro, which is keeping some steady free shows coming our way. With Dameira. Donation/10 p.m. --CT

Oppenheimer, Dan Bryk, Bickett Gallery

Poptronicists from Belfast, Oppenheimer's glitch-glider beats and soft-edge harmonies glow with a near-nuclear energy (J. Robert Oppenheimer pun: four points!), spinning occasional bits of cute love chatter close to Savage Garden into booming walls of sheer sonic sunshine, like Stars backed by their brethren of Broken Social Scene. Songcraft is the game Chapel Hill opener Dan Bryk plays, and he gets a triple-double with about half of the songs he writes. Oppenheimer also plays Local 506 on Tuesday, Aug. 8 with Bad Flirt and Opening Flower Happy Bird. --GC

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