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For the week of July 27 through August 2

Music worth leaving the house for


Thursday, July 27

ReAlign, The Pour House

"The ultimate tribute to Godsmack": You don't call your band that and only bargain for half of the deal. As Arthur magazine recently found out, many Godsmack fans are also hearing about the U.S. military quite a bit, too, because the alt-metal band allows use of its songs in recruitment campaigns and has performed at similar events. Wonder how ReAlign feels about toasting that facet of their template artist? $7/10 p.m. --CT

Friday, July 28

The Tourist, Snuzz, Bickett Gallery

Hunter MacDermut is The Tourist, a so-far-solo project from one of the Triangle's most appealing young songwriters. Something of a David Bazan and Thom Yorke fetishist, MacDermut does his predecessors justice by burrowing through his misgivings with a self-deprecating and acerbic acumen, letting it unfold with unexpected chord changes from an acoustic guitar and a voice shifting from a dour deadpan to a dangerous falsetto. Pop magnate Snuzz joins the bill. 10 p.m. --GC

Colossus, Space Age Polymers, Uncomfortable, Kings

Raleigh's Colossus play cockrocket thrash and fist-pumping tech-rock, masterminded by former Scary Bill Fischer. Statesville's Space Age Polymers dirty up the same sound, while the bi-polar Uncomfortable opt for songs littered with nasty hiccups of noise, fuzzed out guitars and summer-fun melodies. It's a night of ballsy rock at Kings. --RM

The Nein, Mowing Lawns, DJ Mothersbrothers, Nightlight

The Nein promises new songs for this homecoming: Frontman Finn Cohen has recently returned from an extended stay in Russia, hopefully ready to push the band's new lineup to a follow-up to last year's highly underheard Wrath of Circuits. The Nein bring a nervous-eyed urgency that most peer pillagers of post-punk forsake, and they seem to know about as much about The Fall and This Heat as they do Gang of Four. DJ Mothersbrothers spins, and Mowing Lawns gets out early. --GC

Far-less, The Brewery

In today's metal-core scene, it's hip to talk about how stagnant metal-core has become and to pretend your band is revitalizing the genre, or side-stepping its chug-chug trappings and emo-part pitfalls. Far-less would have you believe their songs are brilliant pop without being pop, brutal metal without being metal, and butchy core without being core. All the diversion makes sense, though, cause there's little at work in the Virginia five-piece's MySpacerock. That said, the band's getting pretty popular, and MTV came calling a few months back, so they've gotta be doing something right. Right? --RM

Saturday, July 29

Iris Dement, Cat's Cradle

The half-dozen or so mix tapes and CDs that I've made for my mom in the last 10 years have one song in common: Iris Dement's "Let the Mystery Be," a charming, quavery hymn to the Great Unknown and blessed ignorance. Hard to believe that it's been almost 15 years since Infamous Angel, the John Prine-sanctioned home of "Let the Mystery Be" and the even more heart-tugging "Mama's Opry," was released. Mom, this show's for you. $25-$28/8:30 p.m. --RC

Rosie Ledet & The Zydeco Playboys, The Blue Bayou Club

The Blue Bayou Club can assume the temperament of a Chicago blues club, a deep South juke joint, or a New Orleans music hall depending who's got the stage. It'll be that last one in all its sweaty, hyper-rhythmic glory when accordion-wielding Rosie Ledet and her band hit Churton Street--the Zydeco Sweetheart and her Zydeco Playboys, led by her talented husband Morris on bass. $16-$20/8 p.m. --RC

Matt Keating
  • Matt Keating

Matt Keating, The Pour House

Matt Keating has been on the roots-pop-leaning fringes of the singer-songwriter world for a decade and a half now, working hard and waiting patiently for fans of Freedy Johnston and former collaborator Kevin Salem to discover him and move him, well, 10 feet inward from those fringes. The title of his best song, "McHappiness" (from 1994's unjustly overlooked Scaryarea), and the key line "a quarter life with cheese," give you an idea of his lyrical inventiveness. $8/7 p.m. --RC

Gray Young, Invasion, Alias Smith & Jones, Kings

Kings offers up a promising night of new local talent: Cary's Gray Young either turns atmosphere into anthem or mood into melody, soaring on crescendos and slinking on math-light comedowns, like Starsailor, just better. Invasion is a Chapel Hill trio with a drummer and two guitarists pushing eight amps. Word is, they're as loud, good and powerful as any band blatantly referencing Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine to come out of Orange County in years. Alias Smith & Jones opens. 10 p.m. --GC

Sunday, July 30

Cosmic Charlie, Cat's Cradle

Get ready for the trippiest birthday celebration that happens every year, dude: Charlie, Athens, Ga.'s own high-energy Grateful Dead cover-band, celebrates legendary jam-band leader Jerry Garcia's 64th birthday with a tribute to the man and his music. The Georgia troupe nails the stage performance and psychedelic mood of the Dead with precision. $10/10 p.m. --KJ

Dan Bryk, Chris Moore, Lee Feldman, The Cave

"Though Canadian, Dan is a great pop songwriter; I wish I could play the piano." So says Fountain of Wayne's Chris Collingswood on one of the two stickers that adorn the CD Lovers Leap from Chapel Hill-by-way-of-Toronto deadpan popper Dan Bryk. The other sticker, by the way, is a rave from Ron Sexsmith. The equally endorsement-worthy Chris Moore and Lee Feldman, kindred spirits in songcraftsmanship, join Bryk. 9 p.m. --RC

The Vibekillers, Slim's

On the upside, Chip Robinson's more frequent trips to the Triangle lately means more Vibekiller appearances. On the downside, we're running out of things to say about Robinson and his vibekilling crew. Suffice to say, they will rock. A new cover song will most likely be rolled out, maybe even a new Robinson original. And Sunday night will seem an awful lot like Saturday night. Free/11 p.m. --RC

Monday, July 31

Oneida, Birds of Avalon, Monotonix, Kings

Easily one of the most exploratory independent bands to gain some widespread appeal in the past decade, Brooklyn's Oneida has proven that anything goes, throwing the gauntlet with ultra-varied instrumentation and winding melodic convolutions over eight albums. They manage to tease the fringes and maintain reconcilable song structure, a feat more easily obsessed over than accomplished. They join Raleigh rock force Birds of Avalon and the fantastic psychedelic glam of touring Israelis Monotonix. --GC

Tuesday, August 1

Caltrop, Blag'ard, Monotonix , The Reservoir

Caltrop and Blag'ard--two Chapel Hill bands embodying the same "louder equals better" aggressive ethos--work from distinctly different approaches. A caltrop is a multi-spiked weapon used to slow down the approaching enemy, and that's this quintet's thing: reducing metal's grind to a crawl, then wallowing. Joe Taylor (formerly of Capsize 7) digs into his vibe as a tight duo with Blag'ard. Surreal culture shocker: Tel Aviv noise rockers Monotonix are touring the United States as their homeland is engulfed in a maelstrom of noise all its own. 10 p.m. --CT

Wednesday, August 2

O.A.R., Jack's Mannequin, Koka Booth Amphitheatre

Former Ohio University frat band, O.A.R., aka Of A Revolution, makes a stop in Cary for their only N.C. performance on the summer tour circuit. After several years on the mainstream market, O.A.R. has cultivated their mixture of white-boy reggae and roots-rock ethics into a sound that's prepped and primed for top 40 radio, garnering a crowd of loyal fans in the process while largely leaving the raw spunk and rough edges of their past behind. Opening band Jack's Mannequin, side project of Something Corporate's Andrew McMahon, warms up the stage with his piano-laden, soul-searching underground pop. $27/6 p.m. --KJ

The Marked Men, Pink Razors, Crossed Eyes, Chzaz's Bull City Records

The Marked Men--four not-so-painfully-normal dudes named Mark, Mike, Jeff and Joe from Denton, Texas--are conservationists. During "A Little Time," the appropriately named best cut from this year's Swami Records debut Fix My Brain, the Men take exactly 120 seconds and cram it with the best power pop can offer: bright guitars ruffled with distortion, spirited vocals refusing to overkill and a hook that takes 30 seconds to sink. They'll share a great bill with Crossed Eyes, a Raleigh quartet featuring three-quarters of Street Sharks making its debut, and Richmond's Pink Razors. Donations/9 p.m. --GC

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