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For the week of November 15 through 21

Music worth leaving the house for


Contributors: Grant Britt, Rick Cornell, Grayson Currin, Rich Ivey, Kathy Justice, Robbie Mackey, Chris Parker, Chris Toenes

Wednesday, November 15

Zach Galifianakis, Explorers Club, Cat's Cradle

The invasion of comedians into rock clubs continues, though this visit to Carrboro is by an N.C. native. Galifianakis hails from Sparta and went to N.C. State before hightailing it to Hollywood to be a star. He later traveled as part of the Comedians of Comedy tour, and his bearded profile shows up on talk shows and music videos (recently with Fiona Apple). But his sardonic, often self-effacing delivery (sort of a politically incorrect Steven Wright) has proven lasting. $12/ 9 p.m. —CT

Rachel Ries, Anais Mitchell, The Cave

Prairie girl Rachel Ries (she hails from South Dakota) plies her singer/songwriter trade like a skilled architect, swinging an elegiac hammer against the rough-hewn surfaces of old-time folk ballads with the greatest of ease. Her first record, For You Only, released on indie-folk label Waterbug Records, is a study in simplicity, layering Rie's fluttery vocals over sparse piano plunks, fiddle drones and guitar riffs. Like-minded label mate Anais Mitchell's quirky lyrical delivery and acoustic-driven guitar melodies fit squarely in the mix. Free/ 7:30 p.m. —KJ

Thursday, November 16

IV Thieves, Local 506

The band that was Nic Armstrong and the Thieves became, in name, a more egalitarian outfit for this year's If We Can't Escape My Pretty, but the Nottingham quartet still carries the same UK rock swagger of predecessors that weren't exactly known for manifesting grade-school mores. Likewise, they lead their attacks with classicist guitar sounds and Armstrong's disdainful but demonstrative out-of-love-and-looking vocals. They're not reinventing the rock, but they roll it as well as most of their more renowned peers. Fame is a whim, indeed. Velvet and Bang Bang Bang open. $8-$10/ 9 p.m. —GC

Jeremy Lev, The Pulsar Triyo, Invasion, The Wetlands

You'd be hard-pressed to walk through a college campus on a nice summer day and not see the "guitar guy." He sits with a shy confidence, perched on a large rock outside his dorm, strumming away as his peers go about their business; that is, until the aural pheromones of "Redemption Song" kick into overdrive. Young co-eds can't resist the dauntless sensitivity of the "guitar guy," here represented by our own Jeremy Lev. A fine specimen, indeed. $5/ 9 p.m. —RI

Friday, November 17

Mountain Heart, Kickin' Grass, Cat's Cradle

Picky Ricky Skaggs thought enough of 'em to put out three of their releases on his own Skaggs Family label. With members culled from prestigious groups including IIIrd Tyme Out, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and Alison Krauss & Union Station, most of the bluegrass awards end up on their shelves. Mountain Heart's nimble finger picking and close harmonies carry on the high standards of the Skaggs tradition. $12-$14/ 8:30 p.m. —GB

Micah P. Hinson, Tennis & the Mennonites, The Rose Marie, Local 506

Such an ambitious prediction may go unfulfilled, but in the next five years, Abilene, Texas, indie kid Micah P. Hinson will pound on someone's paradigm with an album that takes the tag and finally lets the alt bloom anew for the first time in—what?—a decade. This year's The Opera Circuit—which pits gorgeous string arrangements courtesy of Eric Bachmann against an age-old voice redolent of Lambchop's Kurt Wagner (but interested in dynamics)—is close, but it only hints at what Hinson seems to have inside: dusty country love stained by experience with bust-ups and breakdowns belying his 24 years. Hinson may be the genius quietly getting ready in the wings. $8 —GC

Clumsy Lovers, The ArtsCenter

Pop-flavored bluegrass in the spirit of the Duhks and from the same general area, but with a further-out sense of humor. Extraterrestrial yuks abound when the main character of bassist Chris Jonat's "Bobby Banjo" marries Claire Danes with a little help from some green aliens. There's reggae and country with a Celtic twist as well. $12/ 8:30 p.m. —GB

Boyskout, The Ex-Members, The Billy Carter Band, Kings

Over two nights in different corners of the Triangle, you get two doses of rock that also has a lot of fun and is usually locked into some serious synthesizer grooving. The Ex-Members boast folks from Gerty and The Butchies doing their frenetic, hooky pop, while SF group BoySkout ply a slightly darker-tinged tuffness. They play Kings on Friday, Nov. 17 with the Billy Carter Band at 10 p.m. and at Duke Coffeehouse with Marce on Saturday at 10 p.m. —CT

Saturday, November 18

Cursive, Jeremy Enigk, Cat's Cradle

They'll try to tell you that the important story behind Omaha-indie forebears Cursive is leadman Tim Kasher's well-documented drinking problem (and, basically, they'll be right). But once you get past the booze-breath, Kasher's got some pretty gorgeous stuff to say about lifelong fuckuphood, and some increasingly interesting songs to soundtrack the horror stories. $12-$14/ 8:30 p.m. —RM

Ahleuchatistas, Gutbucket, Dr. Oakroot, Nightlight

Needlepoints at Nightlight: Asheville's Ahleuchatistas are responsible for this year's miracle of math, What You Will. Precise as they are potent and heavy as they are nimble, Ah-Loo-Cha-Tees-Tas handily subdivide a single song into a dozen mini-movements, stopping on split-second cues and gathering again in doubletime. You've perhaps never heard guitar, bass and drums wrap this perfectly. Gutbucket leans more on Naked City's spasmodic frenzy, meaning simply that they'll snap your neck through your ears at a different angle. $5/ 10 p.m. —GC

RAQ, Lincoln Theatre

In the '90s, jam-band Phish picked up where the Dead trailed off, bringing eclectic improv-heavy grooves to the masses. Now that they've run the gamut and hung up their hacky-sacks, they've passed the torch on to fellow Vermonters RAQ, who make lush arena-sized jam-rock with the angular guitar solos, snarling Hammond organ stomps and sizzling synths of funk-fusion. But don't be surprised when the band heads into Deep Purple mode for a minute—this is raq music after all. $8-$10/ 10 p.m. —KJ

Bill Kirchen, The Hideaway BBQ

He was the driver of the runaway guitar you heard on Commander Cody's rockabilly classic "Hot Rod Lincoln." But Bill Kirchen isn't stuck in one genre, recreating the styles of Duane Eddy, Merle Travis and even Hendrix, touring and recording with Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe and Emmylou Harris. It's a rare area appearance from a West Coast legend. $10-$12/ 9 p.m. —GB

The Sammies, Elevator Action, The Artichokes, The Wetlands

The Sammies came out of nowhere this year—well, Charlotte—and surprised a lot of folks with their post-punk-tinged throwback rock. They were invited to play CMJ, received a good track review from Pitchfork and are featured on Dane Cook's Employee of the Month soundtrack. They're better than most bands on said soundtrack.9 p.m. —RI

Maura O'Connell, ArtsCenter

You want to get lost for 42 gorgeous minutes? Put on Walls & Windows, the 2001 Sugar Hill release from "Irish wildflower" (as she's described in the liner notes) and gifted interpreter Maura O'Connell and sink into her warm bath of a voice as she covers such kindred soulful spirits as Patty Griffin, Malcolm Holcombe, Ron Sexsmith and Van Morrison. $27/ 8 p.m. —RC

Sunday, November 19

Cat Power, Dexter Romweber Duo, Cat's Cradle

A dozen years into a career that's rendered some of the most significant albums in each of the past two decades, Cat Power's Chan Marshall should require no introduction. But, on the heels of this year's The Greatest, her near-death battle with longtime addictions in January and the beyond-expectations success she's had touring (including a stop at Bonnaroo) behind the album's re-release, it seems like that's what she's been supplying. It's welcome, indeed: By all reports, her tours with the Memphis Rhythm Band, who joins her here, are brilliant and redemptive. But if it still feels like she needs an introduction at the Cradle, rest assured her longtime local hero, Dexter Romweber, can handle the task. $20/ 8:30 p.m. —GC

Monday, November 20

The Evangelicals, Local 506

Beneath a tumbling jangle of guitar and warm atmospheric pop percolating like coffee in the background, singer Josh Jones' warbling croon recalls Grandaddy's Jason Lytle as he guides this Oklahoma trio through their debut, So Gone. Jones' melancholy ballads ("My Headache," "What an Actress Does Best") have a twee, Left Banke lilt, but the sonics just as often billow and swirl with neo-psych warmth. Though a bit mannered, their pop smarts are tempered with moments of playful experimentalism reminiscent of the Swirlies. $8/ 9 p.m. —CP

Tuesday, November 21

Rolly Gray, Girls Toys, Carrie Hartsell, The Cave

Rolly Gray defines his musical mix of reggae, soca and calypso and R&B as "diversity." "I'm trying to create my own sound." An innovator in Caribbean sounds, he nevertheless favors old-school reggae, minus the hip-hop influence. "When a musician take all his life to play instruments and sing, and a guy who just get up there an talk, I don't like it too much." Carrie Hartsell plays the early show at 7:30 p.m. $5/ 10 p.m. —GB

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