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Go Machine, Who Is Myrtle Malloy?, Eyes To Space
Friday, July 2
Go! Room 4

It will be worth your time to help welcome Go Machine back to the Triangle from its most recent half-national run, which took the band from its current Chapel Hill hideout to its former Dallas epicenter by way of David Daniel's childhood haunts and treehouses deep down in Alabama. Expect the trio--rendering its highly accessible, hip-hop-to-post-rock experimentally eclectic pop--to be in high form on the heels of its first tour since Daniel Hart returned from a month of opening for David Bowie as The Polyphonic Spree's violinist. Locals Eyes to Space open, along with members of Maserati in the newfangled, up-from-Athens outfit, Who Is Myrtle Malloy? --Grayson Currin

Cat Power
Saturday, July 3
Carrboro ArtsCenter

A gifted and unique artist, Chan (pronounced Shawn) Marshall saves her best performances for the live setting. Unfortunately, we're talking theater here and not music, because Marshall's dramatic stage antipathy is Oscar-worthy. She'll often perform with her back to the audience--when she performs at all--making her concerts an adventure to say the least. A recent show in Orlando included 20 minutes of music, several exits and re-emergences, the last featuring Marshall strumming the guitar while some random dude from the audience sat on stage singing made-up lyrics. On record, Marshall plays guitar or piano, singing heartbreaking ballads that span from rock to blues to folk with a fragile intensity comparable to the Laura character in Tennessee Williams' play The Glass Menagerie. Show starts at 8:30 p.m., and tickets are $12 in advance, $14 day of show. --Chris Parker

Juliana Hatfield, The Damnwells
Monday, July 5
Cat's Cradle

When college rock began to bubble up in the mid-'80s, Hatfield was one of its lovers, first with the ringing pop of the Blake Babies and then as a solo artist. Her thin, girlish voice traced her fears and passions with openness reserved for best friends and diary entries. Her brilliant 1992 solo debut, Hey Babe, was unfortunately her high point, as subsequent albums became increasingly erratic and less interesting. But the millennium marked a rebirth, first touring with a reunited Blake Babies, then forming Some Girls with fellow Baby Freda Love (and Heidi Gluck of the Pieces), and finally with the release of her best solo album since her debut, In Exile Deo, sending her musical stock soaring. Our recommendation: Buy. --Chris Parker

Tuesday, July 6
Lincoln Theatre

Flickerstick always had its priorities straight. Featured on VH1's 2000 reality series Bands On the Run, Flickerstick was the group whose stated purpose was to do what bands are supposed to do--get drunk and chase women. The band didn't take the contest seriously, but won in spite of itself. Flickerstick is known for its controversial song "Chloroform The One You Love," which author/frontman Brandin Lea swears is a true story that happened to him and he just reversed the genders for the song. Their latest EP, To Madagascar and Back, comes complete with a DVD that exhibits more of the drinking, fighting and chick-chasing ethic that made them VH1 winners. --Grant Britt

Eric Hisaw
Tuesday, July 6

Austin-based Eric Hisaw's visit to Sadlack's further strengthens the Texas-capital-to-North Carolina-capital pipeline that seems to have been constructed during the last few weeks. First, Dale Watson stormed Raleigh, and then the spirit of Waylon Jennings (among others) watched over the Hoss CD release show. Last week, Grand Champeen hit town. Okay, Hisaw is originally from Las Cruces, N.M. (Is anybody truly from Austin?) But after stops in New Orleans and Memphis, he settled in Austin and studied such long-standing pros as Joe Ely and Billy Joe Shaver to help mold his hard-working, hard-rocking brand of Western roots music. This is an early show, with the music starting at 7 p.m. --Rick Cornell

Grease Factor
Tuesday, July 6
The Pour House

"During one of our first gigs, I looked across the stage, and I realized I was playing with four elephants. That's how big these guys' ears are!" says Count M'Butu from his Georgia home about his newest musical adventure, Grease Factor. But if you have not yet heard the band, you have certainly heard each of its members: Johnny Neel (Allman Brothers Band), Jeff Sipe (Aquarium Rescue Unit, Susan Tedeschi), Derek Jones (Nickel Creek), Shane Theriot (The Neville Brothers) and Count M'Butu (Derek Trucks Band, Parliament) come together to create Grease Factor, a righteously funky, deep down-South quintet brewing up big-league solos and thundering grooves nightly. It's the first band the Count has joined since leaving the Aquarium Rescue Unit in the '90s, and he thinks it may be the best group of musicians he's ever been with. This one starts at 8 p.m. --Grayson Currin

Tuna Helpers, The Pink Slips
Thursday, July 8
The Cave

Tuna Helpers come from Austin and bring with them a lunatic legacy appropriate to the state that gave us Roky Erickson. Don't let the quartet's lilting vocals or violins fool you. These gals are loco. Whether celebrating Florida's state animal ("Manatee"), the wonders of a "Bicycle" (with a barely concealed licentiousness), or taping feces to an ex's door ("Restraining Order"), there's a joyous playfulness to their music. Local act The Pink Slips have their own debut to celebrate, featuring a bubbling pop rock attack reminiscent of The Raincoats or The Slits, complete with gentle harmonies and hooks-a-plenty. --Chris Parker

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