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Jump, The Features
Lincoln Theatre
Wednesday, April 21

Name changes in the music business are relatively commonplace, but it is a bit unexpected that Jump, Little Children--the eclectic, dopey pop quintet based in Charleston that has been making music since 1992--decided to drop the comma and everything thereafter, adopting the name "Jump" for their latest effort, Between the Dim and the Dark. But the band has retained its consistency for finding compelling tour openers. The Features, the Murfreesboro, Tenn., four-piece poised to emancipate mainstream college rock, will join the tour for its entirety and seems likely to gain more than a handful of fans. Their debut EP sounds strikingly like the first half of David Bowie's "Low," had it been produced inside of a methamphetamine lab with help from Stephen Stills, Brian Johansen and Steve Albini. --Grayson Currin

Oxes, Sweet Militia, Red Skeleton
Kings Barcade
Thursday, April 22

Nu-metal meets math rock with song titles like "Horses are OK," which undercut just how hardcore this band truly is. This is the only way to describe Oxes, the Baltimore trio whose reputation precedes them as part of the Baltimore Rowdy Collective, "throwing cogs in the wheel of everyday life." These guys stand on black boxes, play wireless guitars and get right up in their unsuspecting audience's faces in what seems like improv but is actually very organized. Blue Man Group eat your heart out. Sweet Militia and Red Skeleton kick things off at 10 p.m. Tickets are $8. --Chris Scull

Hi! Mom After Party with Fan Modine
The Cave
Thursday April 22
Bad Checks
Cat's Cradle
Saturday, April 24

The Hi! Mom fest is always a lot of film and a little bit rock 'n' roll. This year's no exception. On night one, there's Unknown Passage, the story of the indestructible band Dead Moon, and Monster Road, with soundtrack by Shark Quest, followed by Fan Modine at the Cave. The 11 p.m. show is free for Hi! Mom ticketholders, all others $5.

On Saturday night, April 24, the fest winds up with the tried-and-true sneer of the Bad Checks. The show starts at 10:30 p.m. --Chris Toenes

Leftover Salmon
Lincoln Theatre
Thursday April 22

They still call the music polytechnic Cajun slamgrass, but Leftover Salmon admits to being a rock 'n' roll bluegrass band. They seem more serious about their music since the death of founding member Mark Vann in '02, but there's still a sense of fun in the way genres are mixed on their latest self-titled studio release. Salmon co-founder Vince Herman's "Mountain Top" is Dead/Cajun fusion. Co-founder Drew Emmitt's "Delta Queen" sounds like an Amazing Rhythm Aces track from the '70s. "Lincoln at Nevada" is bluegrass with a twist--when the traditional instruments get through tearing it up, Derek Trucks keyboardist Bill McKay rips off a few hot licks. They might have changed their spots a bit, but it's still Salmon. The show starts at 10 p.m. --Grant Britt

Cat's Cradle
Friday, April 23

Hip-hop/rap star KRS-One worked his way up from being a homeless teenager to being one of the most popular musicians in rap and hip hop, influencing and working with everyone from Jay-Z to R.E.M. Constantly changing and adapting, KRS-One has managed to stay fresh after nearly two decades. Today, he continues to tour and help spread hip-hop consciousness. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. Advance ticket costs you $20. --Chris Scull

Cat's Cradle
Sunday, April 25

Tortoise, which has had its shell in many different genres of music over the band's 10-year history, has a continuously evolving membership. Founding member John McEntire, who is also a member of Cake, has worked with bands as diverse as Prefuse 73 and Wilco. In fact, It's All Around You, Tortoise's fifth and most recent album, is the first effort the band has released without a single change in the roster. Hip-hop rebel Beans and rockers Ex Models open. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $14 in advance. --Chris Scull

The Clumsy Lovers
Pour House
Sunday, April 25

Recipe: Take equal parts Celtic music and bluegrass sound and mix. Sprinkle with a touch of rock. Bake at 250o for 25 minutes, or until lightly browned. Let sit for 10 minutes, or until sufficiently cooled. Serves up to 350 people. Jeff Hart opens. It's an 8 p.m. show and costs a mere $5. --Chris Scull

Land of Chocolate, The Kick Ass and more
Berkeley Cafe
Tuesday, April 27

Here's an all ages pop show with Chapel Hill's Land of Chocolate and Permanent Darling and some other regional groups, including BiFocal Media's The Kick Ass. It's a nice way to check out some other folks making original music in our area. Presented by Undifinable Rekerds, a newish local label. Show starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $7. --Chris Toenes

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