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Bruce Eisenbeil Trio, The Dave Fox Group
Nightlight
Wednesday, April 28

Nightlight has been the scene recently for outside improv. This Alliance of Improvised Music-sponsored event features guitarist Bruce Eisenbeil, who has worked with the likes of Cecil Taylor and Ellery Eskelin, along with Japanese pianist Katsu Itakura and drummer Steve Flinn. The show is $5 with Greensboro's Dave Fox Group opening. Information at http://dyss.net/nightlight/index.php

The Never CD release party
Go! Room 4
Friday April 30

Young Pittsboro pop rockers, The Never (formerly known as the b-sides), have a new self-titled CD coming out May 4 on MoRisen Records. Tinker's Punishment, Sleepsound and Alvarez Painting fill out the bill. The show starts at 9 p.m. and costs $10. Information at 969-1400

Cigar Store Indians
The Pour House
Friday, April 30

Rockabilly legends Cigar Store Indians have been rocking your world for over 10 years now, you just don't know it yet. Well, now's your chance to find out. They are still touring on their 2002 live album Guest List, but could a new album be in the works? It's anybody's guess. 7-piece Raleigh band Flav-O-Rich, a mix of R&B, jazz, rock and pop with some funk rubbed on it, will kick things off at 8 p.m. Tickets are just $6. --Chris Scull

John Pizzarelli
Fletcher Opera House
Friday and Saturday, April 30-May 1

Although John Pizzarelli hails from the wilds of Patterson, New Jersey, his latest Telarc release, Bossa Nova, takes in a wider worldview. Pizarelli pays tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobin, composer of "The Girl From Ipanema," with laid-back arrangements of his signature tunes as well as a bouncy version of Gershwin's "Fascinating Rhythm" and even a bossa nova version of James Taylor's "Your Smiling Face." Son of famous jazz guitarist Bucky Pizarelli, John played with his dad before going solo in '92 with his own trio. Pizzarelli's smooth, fluid guitar style has been dubbed swing jazz, but it's cooler and more low-key than what you normally associate with that genre. Shows start at 8 p.m. Information at 831-6060. --Grant Britt

Axis of Change Showcase
Kings Barcade
Saturday, May 1

North Carolina fans of Braid, the seminal Illinois indie rock act that disbanded in 1999, have had an exciting past few days. News just broke that the band--back together for a nationwide tour this summer--will play in Greeneville on June 10, and the Killing a Camera DVD, a reverent Braid retrospective done by local outlet Bifocal Media, will premiere at Kings Barcade on Saturday night before the next installment of the Axis of Change "Anybody But Bush" series. And what a perfect, noisy math rock celebration this one will be. Continent, built on remnants of The Ladderback and El Sucio, will get things started with a bang following the screening, and The Torch Marauder (who have a new one out on Pox World Empire) will follow. Greg Eyman's Proof will keep things brilliantly loud, and Utah! will headline with its first show in Raleigh since a triumphant two-week run across this fiefdom of Bush. --Grayson Currin

Let' Lones, Magnethead, Untold, Age of Despair, Iconoclas
Lincoln Theatre
Saturday, May 1

For the past 20 years, Mike Dean has been something of the man in Raleigh punk and metal. As a founding member of the influential and integral Corrosion of Conformity, Dean set the scene for Raleigh rock in the '80s before leaving COC only to rejoin years later just in time for the band's second Sony issue, Deliverance. Dean is still in COC (which plans on returning to the studio this summer to cut a new album), but he will be playing just his fourth gig with the side-project, Let' Lones, at The Lincoln Theatre this week. The band is now shopping its debut, a dead-on, blues-injected fist full of three-piece rock n' roll. Magnethead, four local boys who turn slightly cheesy metal/funk into interesting hootenannies, are worth your time. For more information, visit www.lincolntheatre.com --Grayson Currin

Red Elvises
The Pour House
Tuesday, May 4

Tuesday seems like a good day to fill up on Stoli and check out the Red Elvises, a blend of rock 'n' roll and ethnic Siberian music. The Elvises released their 10th album, Rokenrol, in 2002, and the musical influences of Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, and political speeches of Fidel Castro are present throughout. $10 gets you a ticket to the show, which starts at 8 p.m. Soviet-era Ushankas sold separately. --Chris Scull

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