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For the week of May 10 through May 16

Music worth leaving the house for


Wednesday, May 10

Dirty Johnny & The Makebelieves, The Greatest Hits, Kings

Athens, Ohio's Dirty Johnny & The Makebelieves have found brothers in skeez rock with Raleigh's The Greatest Hits. Both bands proffer pummeling, dirty-dude, scabrous guitar music, more chewed, spat and howled than sung by malcontents, like Iggy trading in his abs for their buckets of beer, jeans, flannels and Marshall half-stacks. The Makebelieves barrel through three-minute, fast-four-on-the-floor odes to getting smashed and the fallout, careening and climaxing. A double bill with the potential to get loud and wild, even on a Wednesday. 10 p.m. --GC

Thursday, May 11

Cartel, Hits the Lights, Permanent Me, Lincoln Theatre

Nowadays, the difference between pop punk and power pop is a couple tats and a big Hot Topic bill. But badass sleeves, chest pieces and inky pirate ships aren't for the Atlanta boys in Cartel. These dudes get down All American Reject style--vapid lyrics, wide eyes and hummable hooks. No, the Warped Tour isn't calling, but the Tri Delt mixer just got a brand new soundtrack. $9/7:30 p.m. --RM

The Greencards, The Pour House

Voted Austin's best new band, The Greencards landed the opening spot on Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson's minor-league ballpark tour last summer, opening for two of Americana's legionnaires while playing an Americana strain falling somewhere between updated folk balladry and bouncy bluegrass enthusiasm. Irony is, though, The Greencards are two-thirds Australian and one-third English. Hence, the name: Crazy kids!

Charles Latham, Ascella Vega, Kings

The second in WKNC's fledgling Local Beat Series, this show presents two fresh faces for all of the 88.1 addicts riding around town: Charles Latham is an anti-folk aficionado new to Chapel Hill but inveterate of his own ability to wax low off high-ball wit. 9 p.m. --GC

Friday, May 12

The Bad Checks, Dexter Romweber Duo, Ghostwriter, Local 506

This one's a no-brainer: The Checks never got cashed out, though they could rightfully enjoy a long-deserved rest since burning a few holes in Carolina punkers' turntables back when, but then it's not how they're built. Dexter's dexterity with a song, any type really (he once taught The Woggles a surf song), oozes from him tar-like, you just watch. $6/10 p.m. --CT

Neil Diamond All-Stars, Cat's Cradle

It's been about a year, which means it's time for this collection of local heroes to reconvene and get their ya-yas out--or whatever it is that one gets out at a big Neil Diamond show. The question is whether the All-Stars will make room for something from last year's 12 Songs. My guess (and hope) is that if it means cutting a vintage Neil song from the set list, the answer is no. The New Town Drunks open. $8/10 p.m. --RC

Andrew Vladeck, Bickett Gallery

"What can I do? My whole world's in spin/ I'm just waiting for the coffee to kick in," New York singer-songwriter Andrew Vladeck poses and postulates in "Waiting for the Coffee to Kick In." Vladeck combines Springsteen blue-collar concerns with Steely Dan wit and austerity, rendering American aphorisms that are clever without being too clever, smart without being sewn of smarty pants. Django Haskins, Kenny Roby and Kapow! Music join the bill. $6/9 p.m. --GC

Year Future, Caltrop, Wetlands

Year Future is one of the most promising bands to emerge on Gold Standard Laboratories in years, their Fugazi and Sonic Youth inspirations filled with an immediacy that few bands rolling through that Los Angeles syndicate possess anymore. They're dangerous and disdainful, noisy post-punks whose abrasive ambition lacks an incumbent fear of failure. Caltrop--getting High on Fire while wearing a Sabbath T-shirt with a ZOSO patch--is purely unfuckwithable. Not to be missed. $6/10 p.m. --GC

Saturday, May 13

Baia Benefit, Shakori Hills

It makes sense for the Shakori Hills space to see use apart from its two annual festivals, and a local humanitarian group, Battling Aids in Africa (BAIA), will give it a welcome debut. Over 10 acts-from Bu Hanan's David Karsten Daniels, The Prayers and Tears of Arthur Digby Sellers and Kapow! Music to poppers North Elementary, Schooner and the never play the big day out, which benefits a hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo. $12-15/11 a.m.-10 p.m. --GC

Sunday, May 14

Peter Rowan & Tony Rice, Cat's Cradle

Peter Rowan and Tony Rice are newgrass road warriors. Coming out of Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys, Rowan developed his own style with folk, rock and reggae, Tex-Mex, Latin and blues. Along the way he collaborated with David Grisman, Jerry Garcia and Vassar Clements. Newgrass pioneer Rice played in Bluegrass Alliance, J.D. Crowe's New South and the David Grisman Quintet in '75, before exploring extraterrestrial innovations in bluegrass with the Tony Rice Unit. Rice's solo guitar work has made his the most definitive sound in bluegrass. Donna Hughes opens. $20-22/8 p.m. --GB

Hayes Carll, The Pour House

It's fitting that Hayes Carll kicks off the recent three-disc Peter Case tribute with his take on "Beyond the Blues." Carll is kind of a Case-in-training, a young guy blessed with a vivid storytelling style and an old-soul voice who indeed taps into the blues as well as any other forms of roots music he can reach. He'd also make a fine choice to kick off a Townes Van Zandt or Guy Clark tribute. $10-12/7 p.m. --RC

Monday, May 15

Alexa Ray Joel, Lincoln Theatre

Alexa Ray Joel is on MySpace. Regardless of whether or not she was an emerging piano-playing singer-songwriter promoting her wares (she's also the daughter of a famous "Piano Man"), her online personality indicates she'd be there anyway: a bubbly, 20-something former NYU student who loves music and likes to explore her world-weariness in major chords and scales. If you go expecting to see the "next Billy Joel," you won't go home happy, but, post-Wallflowers, you probably could have guessed that. $8/8 p.m. --GC

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