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God Forbid, Trivium, All That Remains, Scars of Tomorrow
Lincoln Theatre
Thursday, April 8

New Jersey's God Forbid has a different take on metal, and a different look than most of its peers. Metal has traditionally been performed by and for a mostly blue collar, white audience. God Forbid aims at the same audience, but their own demographic is different--four fifths of the band are African Americans. Don't come expecting to hear any rap influences, though. The only bling-bling you'll hear is the sound of your eardrums collapsing under the weight of the heavy metal onslaught that starts out loud and angry and stays that way. Show starts at 8 p.m. --Grant Britt

Appetite for Destruction
Cat's Cradle
Friday, April 9, 9 p.m., $8 advance

Formed back in 2000, Appetite is one of the best Guns N' Roses tributes out there today. The band was formed because of the fact that lead singer Chad "Axl" Atkins really looks like Axl Rose. Better still, Appetite covers the full GNR repertoire, from "Appetite for Destruction" right up through "Use Your Illusion I and II." So good, they'll have you out on the floor, dancing with Mr. Brownstone. --Chris Scull

Schooner, Billy Sugarfix
Bickett Gallery
Friday, April 9

If you ever wished that The Smiths had a Willie Nelson proclivity and that Harry Smith's folk collections--had inspired them to record an album in a Kentucky log cabin, Schooner may be your bag of hooks. Reid Johnson writes simply chorded, plainly-stated songs that sound like they may be lost love letters to some forgotten paramour. The tunes come complete with a girder of faint guitar noise and simple but essential keys courtesy of the bard's sister, Kathryn. Be sure to bring a few spare dollar bills, though; if the "ba ba" drones of "Long, Long Time" ever get too boring, you'll always be able to grab a beer. For more info, visit www.bickettgallery.com. --Chris Scull

WXDU Presents
Duke Coffeehouse
Saturday April 10

Duke Coffeehouse, that wondrously casual performance space on East Campus, is underused of late. Its mural-covered walls have held sets by Royal Trux, Guided By Voices, Bikini Kill, and even jazz greats like William Hooker, among many others. In the interest of bringing the venue back to life, WXDU is sponsoring two weekends of music there. The organizers have enlisted a cadre of local bands to shake you up (The Ghost of Rock, Blackstrap) and make you think (Cantwell, Gomez, and Jordan). The show starts at 9 p.m. and costs a mere $6.

Next Saturday, April 17, WXDU does it all over again, with Jett Rink, Permanent Darling, Dom Casual and Wigg Report. Come on out and make a good showing, so the Coffeehouse can return to its proper place in the Triangle's live music calendar. For more info, visit www.duke.edu/web/coffeehouse/. --Chris Toenes

The Nein, Jet By Day and All Astronauts, with MC Crash Victim and DJ Halfrican
Go! Room 4
Saturday April 10

The Nein recently released a great local EP, exhibiting their penchant for low-end thud and guitar growl set against off-kilter rhythms. It's invigorating stuff. Athen's Jet By Day is sharing a tour with The Nein guys, so their pop-bash should mesh together well. Winston-Salem's All Astronauts start off the rock, with local teenage hip-hopper MC Crash Victim spitting some lyrics to the beats of Halfrican. This doozy of a local music show starts at 9:30 p.m. --Chris Toenes

Backwards
King's Barcade
Saturday, April 10, 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.

THE premiere Beatles cover band--hailing all the way from Slovakia--is coming to Kings. They cover everything from the fab Four's heyday up through the trippy, sitar late era. They also dress the part, complete with suits and Beatle cuts (although I'm not sure about the Beatle boots). A real ticket to ride. --Chris Scull

Pinback
Cat's Cradle
Sunday, April 11, $10 in advance

Laid back pop rockers Pinback are currently working on a new album due out in the fall. In the meantime, they continue to jam, with special guests American Analog Set and The Eaves. Rediscover pop music, if you dare. Show starts at 8:30 p.m. --Chris Scull

Frank Gambale Trio, Ohm
Lincoln Theatre
Monday, April 12

None of the musicians on stage Monday night at the Lincoln Theatre could actually be considered famous, but most of them have had so many brushes with the ever-evasive fame that even the most mildly curious prog rock/fusion jazz fans should go home fairly satisfied. Frank Gambale--fresh off of a five-week European tour and set to release Raison D'Etre on April 15th--is an active member of the impossibly expansive Chick Corea Elektric Band. Ric Fierabracci, Gambale's Pastorius-inspired bassist, has recorded with bands from Russell Crowe's 30 Odd Foot of Grunts to the Brecker Brothers. Co-headliner Ohm is the brainchild of Chris Poland, the lead guitarist for Megadeath during their mid-'80s prime and a former fusion champion in pre-Megadeath Los Angeles. Kofi Baker, the incredibly solid and studied drumming son of rock landmark Ginger Baker, should be the show's highlight reel. Visit www.lincolntheatre.com for more info. --Grayson Currin

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