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Washington Social Club, Starlight Drive
Thursday, June 3

"If indie rock's gonna save my soul / Then what the fuck is it waiting for," shouts Washington Social Club frontman Martin Royle during the uber-catchy chorus of "Not a Rockstar," a tune that hints that this fresh D.C. quartet may be one of the best inheritors of both The Modern Lovers and Television traditions yet. Bassist Olivia Mancini--classically trained to play the French horn--sounds like she's been playing for The Cure all along, and guitarist Evan Featherstone is the brother of Jared Feathestone, the guitarist of the opening and extremely noteworthy Starlight Drive. Visit for more information. --Grayson Currin

Hot Club Of Cowtown, Hooverville
Friday, June 4
ArtsCenter (Carrboro)

"We never play songs we don't like," The Hot Club Of Cowtown's guitarist Whit Smith proclaims. The trio, Elena Fremerman on violin, Jake Erwin on bass and Smith on guitar compare themselves to a streamlined version of Bob Wills and thhe Texas Playboys. Wills fiddler Johnny Gimble even sat in on their debut album, Swingin' Stampede.

Hooverville blends bluegrass, country and old time. Fiddler/guitarist John Bemis and mandolin and Hawaiian slide guitarist Greg Hanson discovered a mutual love of Americana when they met in Orange County in '97, putting out Lucky Rabbits Foot as an acoustic duo in '02. The group is now a quartet with the addition of drummer Nathan Logan and bassist Paul Dowd. Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 ($16 for ArtsCenter Friends). --Grant Britt

International Orange
Friday, June 4
Local 506

Mutual respect never sounded as tuneful as it does on Spoon Box, the six-song EP from Chapel Hill-based International Orange. Led by veteran musicians Django Haskins, former Ben Folds Fiver Robert Sledge, and the singularly named Snuzz, International Orange is less Crosby, Stills, and Nash and more (I'm playing the wishful thinking game here) an Americanized Costello, Jackson, and Tillbrook. The guys, ace singers and writers one and all, each get two songs on the EP, and you'll witness similar limelight sharing at their shows. Opening are the Honored Guests and Philly-area melodic rockers Pilot Round the Sun. --Rick Cornell

Saturday, June 5
Cat's Cradle

Conservation is about to rock as My Dear Ella, Kingsbury Manx, Sorry About Dresden and Fake Swedish team up at The Cat's Cradle Saturday for LandStand, the debut benefit concert for the Raleigh-based nonprofit Triangle Land Conservancy (or, more affectionately, TLC). The rock show, though, will just be the conclusion of Land Trust Day, a Triangle-wide movement through which eight local businesses will donate a sizeable chunk of their profits to TLC. Great Outdoor Provision Co., which has become something of a pioneer by donating money to such organizations for a decade, will hand over 25 percent of its profits from all three of its area locations on June 5. Other businesses making contributions include Regulator Book Shop and Baja Burrito. Proceeds, of course, will benefit TLC, which is in the process of preserving a 762-acre piece of land along the Deep River and already maintains five open-to-the-public, year-round nature preserves. Visit or for more information. --Grayson Currin

Jerry Douglas Band
Saturday, June 5
N.C. Museum of Art

'Bluegrass music with a rock'n'roll/jazz attitude" is how Jerry Douglas describes his music. The dobroist, nicknamed 'flux" because of his fluid style, played with newgrass pioneers the Country Gentlemen, J.D. Crowe and the New South and The Whites, then was a top session musician until Allison Krauss recruited him for Union Station in 1998. Douglas has said that he's cut back on session work to concentrate on his solo career. Show starts at 8 p.m. Reserve seats are $25 ($20 for NCMA and PineCone members) and general admission is $18 ($15 NCMA and PineCone members). --Grant Britt

Regina Hexaphone, The Moaners
Sunday, June 6

In case you're wondering, the hexaphone was a type of coin-operated phonograph manufactured by the Regina Company from Rahway, New Jersey. That's cool enough as it is, but you have to suspect that the members of local indie-folk-rock band Regina Hexaphone were keying on the first syllable of the second word when they chose the name. Multi-instrumentalist and lead vocalist Sara Bell, bassist Chris Clemmons, violinist Margaret White, and drummer Jerry Kee--a talented, well-traveled lot--make music that's nothing if not bewitching. Their new The Beautiful World is lush without being sugary sweet, pretty without hitting you over the head with it. The Moaners is a Melissa Swingle side project that finds her checking out of the trailer and into a garage. The show starts at 6 p.m.. --Rick Cornell

Jonathan Richman
Sunday, June 6
Local 506

The goofy naif that launched a dozen like-minded freaks from Daniel Johnston to Jad Fair, Richman started the Modern Lovers and recorded their seminal self-titled debut with John Cale in 1973. Producing instant, garage-inflected classics (when it was finally released 3 years later) such as 'Pablo Picasso" and 'Roadrunner," Richman nonetheless went in another direction thereafter toward wry, old-fashioned pop. It remains his trademark today, along with a child-like innocence and sunny melodies free of irony (which the Farrelly Brothers utilized so well to underscore the plight of sweet-hearted nerd Ted Stroehman in Something About Mary). --Chris Parker

Lil' Brian and the Zydeco Travelers
Sunday, June 6
our House

Whoa, man. From the Texas zydeco country outside Houston, Lil' Brian Terry leads his group through romping accordion workouts and deeply funky beats, lending some of the flavor and rhythms of hip hop along the way. This young band has grown such a reputation for its raw funky spirit, that they've dubbed their music Z-Funk, in a nod to the outer space funk doctors of Parliament Funkadelic. Come see just how body-rocking zydeco can be. Tickets are $5 in advance, $8 at the door. Show starts at 8 p.m.--Chris Toenes

Arcade Fire, Fan Modine
Monday, June 7
The Cave

As the more-than-horses Unicorns rest between D.C. and Atlanta tour dates, Arcade Fire--the Montreal quintet assigned with the enviable task of opening the band's current run--will pull into The Cave for a one-off date that is as much a showcase for its new label, Merge Records, as anything else. That's not to say that the show won't be enjoyed by non-Merge staffers, though. Instead, expect a brilliant storm of a live set replete with Flaming Lips-cum-Issac Brock pop painted in broad Bjork brush strokes but etched in Broken Social Scene intricacy. The band's debut album, Funeral, isn't due until September, but an introductory split seven-inch is due through Merge on June 6. Fan Modine opens. --Grayson Currin

Graham Colton Band, Need to Breathe, Sam Fisher
Monday, June 7
Lincoln Theatre

In just a few years, the Graham Colton Band has registered more than three hundred tour dates and opened entire runs for high-profile amphitheatre packers like Counting Crows, John Mayer and Guster--all without the support of a major label. And that constancy has finally paid off for the Dallas quintet, who recently landed a pop band's dream job of recording their major-label debut, Drive, for Universal under the aegis of the legendary Brendan O' Brien. --Grayson Currin

Broken Spindles, Passage, Restiform Bodies
Wednesday, June 9

Broken Spindles is a new project of new wave punky group The Faint's Joel Peterson, mainly comprised of video and digital meanderings that sometimes catch a danceable beat. Passage is far less predictable from tune to tune. Weaving through indie-pop song cycles, folk acoustic numbers and off-kilter hip-hop beats, this is stuff that really jumps from style to style depending on the cut. Recent offspring from the Anticon hip-hop collective, Passage, along with friends Restiform Bodies, should make for an interesting evening. Show starts at 10 p.m. and tickets are $8.--Chris Toenes

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