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Drive-By Truckers
Lincoln Theatre
Thursday, May 6

The Drive-By Truckers' three-guitar Southern-born rock can pin you to the wall like a knife thrower's assistant. But do your best to listen to the words because, with three skilled writers in the line-up, the Truckers have an abundance of lyrical riches to go with their abundance of rock. Patterson Hood (the son of legendary Muscle Shoals session bassist David) comes off like Paul Westerberg raised on Tom T. Hall. And Jason Isbell's "Outfit" is the best musical Father's Day gift you're ever likely to hear. But it's Mike Cooley who's the quiet assassin; his contributions to last year's Decoration Day represent my favorite four-song body of work from any songwriter in quite a spell. --Rick Cornell

The Wailers
Cat's Cradle
Friday, May 7

Aston "Familyman" Barret, Al Anderson and Early "Wya" Lindo, respectively the bass, guitar and keyboard combination that was the backbone of Bob Marley and The Wailers, has reformed a touring version of The Wailers along with other longtime members and reggae greats. The group covers plenty of the original hits, including a timely medley of "War" and "No More Trouble." They've got a killer jam of "Cobra Style" as well. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. and costs $16 in advance.

Schooner CD release party with Bellafea, The Sames, Ticonderoga
Go! Room 4
Friday, May 7

Schooner is a Raleigh band comprised of guitarist and lead singer Reid Johnson, his harmonizing and key-tickling sister Kathryn, bassist Tripp Cox and former Ashley Stove drummer Billy Alphin. They just recorded their first proper release, thoughtfully entitled You Forget About Your Heart, in Durham with Zeno Gill for his Pox World Empire label, and they plan on throwing a fantastic release bash for the disc in Carrboro. The other bands on the bill represent a Triangle smorgasbord--one of Raleigh's best new acts, Ticonderoga, will open with one of Chapel Hill's best new acts, Bellafea, and one of Durham's best bands, The Sames. --Grayson Currin

David Allen Coe
Lincoln Theater
Friday, May 7

He's the poster boy for white trash, the meanest man in show business. David Allen Coe is a rebel without a clue. Whatever you've got, he's against it. Coe claims to be the original outlaw of country music, with the prison record to prove it. When Rolling Stone questioned his prison creds, he penned a reply, "I'd Like to Kick the Shit Out of You." That seems to be Coe's attitude toward the music industry in general and Nashville in particular. Though he wrote hits for others, including "Would You Lay With Me In a Field Of Stone" for Tanya Tucker, and "Take This Job and Shove It" for Johnny Paycheck, and has recorded with George Jones, Willie Nelson and Bill Anderson, Coe has never been recognized by the country music establishment, a fact he brings up every chance he gets. "You Never Even Called Me By My Name," is his signature tune, labeled by Coe as the perfect country and western song. Although the song was mostly written by Steve Goodman with only one verse contributed by Coe, his verse manages to include all the classic C&W ingredients--mama, pickup trucks, getting drunk and prison. The show starts at 9 p.m. and costs $16 in advance. --Grant Britt

Kevn Kinney's Sun Tangled Angel Revival
The Pour House
Friday, May 7

With a rather lengthy name, the group formed by Drivin' N' Cryin's Kevn Kinney includes some top-flight players, including Gibb Droll from Gibb Droll Band and Edwin McCain on guitar, Slackdaddy's Bryan Howard on bass and Drivin' N' Cryin drummer Dave V. Johnson. Droll opens the show at 10 p.m. with an acoustic set.

"Prince vs. Michael Jackson"
Kings Barcade
Friday, May 7

Last year DJs Bro Rabb and Sleazy McQueen put on a Prince versus Michael Jackson show on the day before Halloween at the Local 506 in Chapel Hill. Over 200 people showed up, and the show was such a success that the DJs decided to do it again this year. Bro Rabb is a veteran DJ who has been spinning for nearly 20 years. He will be spinning music from Michael Jackson's earlier career, including music from the Jackson 5, and Prince's early music as well. Sleazy McQueen will be mixing Jackson's and Prince's later stuff over house music. Tickets are only $5, show starts at 9 p.m. For more information, check out King's website or visit www.newkularfamily.org. --Chris Scull

John McEuen
The Pour House
Saturday, May 8

"I have a tendency to do things without paying attention to what a bunch of people are going to say," says Nitty Gritty Dirt Band co--founder John McEuen. That attitude was put to the test in 1971 when the band put out Will The Circle Be Unbroken, a three record set of traditional country and bluegrass featuring a who's who of stellar performers, including Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, Merle Travis and Mother Maybelle Carter.

The move was a risky one. The Dirt Band were considered hippies who put out pop music, and the mindset at the time was that traditional music was best left to those who performed it for a living. But McEuen thinks that the real risk was following up a hit album, Uncle Charlie and his Dog Teddy, that had three big hits on the charts--"House at Pooh Corner," "Some of Shelly's Blues," and "Mr. Bojangles."

"To follow that up with a 180-degree turn to a banjo/ harmonica album was a big risk that the band took and rarely has gotten credit for," says McEuen. "It was a good music move."

It also helped bring together a younger generation who didn't have much use for the older one, and vice versa. "When we recorded that album, there's no mention of Vietnam, Democrat, Republican, etc.," says the guitarist.

Though the Dirt Band does periodical reunion tours, McEuen is going solo for this outing. The show starts at 10 p.m. Advance tickets are $16. --Grant Britt

Go Machine
Bickett Gallery
Saturday, May 8

Chapel Hill's Go Machine have been compared to artists like Wilco, Radiohead and the Postal Service, but "their alarming fusion of pop styles" gives them a sound all their own. They are touring on their recent album look to the. Ticonderoga and Ivan Howard of The Rosebuds start the show at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $5. --Chris Scull

Todd Rundgren and the Liars
Cat's Cradle
Tuesday, May 11

Hello, it's him, back on tour, backed by a heck of a band--including Kasim Sulton and drummer Prairie Prince--and unrepentantly Todd. He's a pioneer in experimenting with new media, writes the kind of songs that stay in your head for decades, has produced everyone from XTC to the New York Dolls and used to date Patti Smith. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance. Get 'em quick.

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