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Superjoint Ritual, MagnetHead
Lincoln Theatre
Thursday, July 8

"Superjoint is that band with the perfect 15-year-old mentality of having everything loud, everything on 10, getting loaded and letting whatever happens, happen," says Superjoint Ritual guitarist Jim Bower. Frontman Phil Anselmo compares the sound to late Black Flag, adding that it's old school. "We aren't trying to incorporate no fucking industrial, funk, hip-hop bullshit," the former Pantera screamer told Metal Hammer magazine. --Grant Britt

The Rosebuds, Utah!, Ticonderoga
Friday, July 9

In the first fifteen days of the band's upcoming month-and-a-half tour that will take them clear from Gainesville, Fl. to New York's Sin-e, Raleigh's The Rosebuds will play an exhausting 13 shows. On the northbound leg of its East Coast run, the jangle-pop outfit will make just one stop in its preferred hometown haunt of Kings. Ticonderoga, the local fringe-folk trio that Ivan Howard rightfully will not stop talking about, opens, along with the fantastic Utah! --Grayson Currin

My Dear Ella
Local 506
Friday, July 9

They started out in the mid '80s with a collection of whines and moans from a deeply buried point in their collective psyche, aiming to lampoon Springsteen's "Born in the USA." From that jumping-off point of "Bored in the USA," the band has progressed to tunes like "Head Down," a Pink Floyd soundalike from their Bright Orange Tailspin, to all out rockers like "Driving in my Car." Although they label it rock, Chapel Hill's My Dear Ella--guitarist/singer Eric Wallen, drummer Jeff Dewitte, bassist Bob Dearborn and keyboard player Doug White--still have a mellow quality to their music. --Grant Britt

Rod Picott, Dana Robinson
Bynum General Store
Friday, July 9

Yet another fine Friday night out in Bynum. Make room for Rod Picott alongside Peter Case, Fred Eaglesmith, and songwriting partner Slaid Cleaves in the Rugged Singer-Songwriter file; his "Tiger Tom Dixon's Blues" is a roots-rock standard-in-waiting. And of Dana Robinson, Dirty Linen says "(he embodies) both the heart and the soul of folk music," and Dirty Linen knows folk music. --Rick Cornell

Tres Chicas, The Moaners, Danielle Howle
Saturday, July 9

Tres Chicas can be Bad Company, as last week's record release indicated with their sterling cover of "Shooting Star," but Lynn Blakey (Glory Fountain), Tonya Lamm (Hazeldine) and Caitlin Cary (ex-Whiskeytown) are capable of a lot more than Paul Rodgers (wink). While their talent is self-evident, their shared good spirits are even more communicable. Like Tres Chicas, The Moaners feature members of two local rock institutions--Melissa Swingle (Trailer Bride) and Laura King (Grand National)--splitting the difference between the mournful, backroad country of the former and the rustling rock of the latter. Opener Danielle Howle is also not to be missed. Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8. --Chris Parker

Kenny Roby
Martin Street Music Hall
Saturday, July 10

Give Raleigh's Kenny Roby an acoustic guitar and an attentive room, and he can hold court as well as anybody in the state, if not beyond. He's got the Lubricators and the much-missed 6 String Drag on his resume; tunes about baseball, trains, and the mysterious workings of the human heart in his song bag; and the Stanley Brothers and Randy Newman in his soul. --Rick Cornell

Rebel Son, The Wilkes Project
Lincoln Theatre
Saturday, July 10

Raleigh's Rebel Son puts out high-octane rockabilly, or, as they put it, foul-mouthed, redneck rock for the blue collar set. The Sons advertise their lifestyle with songs like "666 Pack of Beer," "Quit Your Bitchin'" and "Jesus Can You Get Me Out of Jail." Rochester, N.Y.'s The Wilkes Project frontman Sanford Wilkes provides punk blues, advertising his band's wares by the word "Dirtbag" tattooed across his stomach. --Grant Britt

Kev Brown, Critically Acclaimed, Doujah Raze, Forge & Amen
Saturday, July 10

Of course you've heard The Grey Album, DJ Danger Mouse's hugely over-hyped hybrid of Jay-Z's Black Album and The Beatles' White Album. But you may not have heard The Brown Album, the very first remix of Jay-Z's swan song by the to-the-streets, D.C.-based DJ Kev Brown. Catch him live with Brooklyn-meets-Houston pals in Critically Acclaimed and Doujah Raze. Be sure to catch emerging locals Forge & Amen in the opening slot. --Grayson Currin

The Pale, Indigiqualie, The Dying Californian
Sunday, July 11

This Bellingham, Wash., quartet harks to the bright, ringing tones of '80s college rock. Sweet, earnest music, The Pale's heart-on-the-sleeve romanticism at times recalls the sing-song bounce of The Get Up Kids. Musically, the band has as much in common with the plush, hook-heavy sonics of New Zealand popsters The Chills and The Bats, or late '80s/early '90s underground acts. --Chris Parker

Legendary Shack Shakers
Pour House Music Hall
Sunday, July 11

"Any blood that comes out on stage is accidental," says Legendary Shack Shakers frontman/singer/ harpist Colonel J.D Wilkes. Despite that disclaimer, he compares the antics of his quartet onstage to those of three or four Iggy Pops. Former Nashville bar owner Joe Buck provides the chicken pluckin' guitar parts when not busy shakin' his pink mohawk as bassist for Hank Williams III's band. Despite punk/rockabilly comparisons, Wilkes says the Shack Shakers' sound comes from a blues/hillbilly fusion of passionate three-chord music. --Grant Britt

Don Dixon
Cat's Cradle
Monday, July 12

Ohio resident/North Carolina legend Don Dixon returns to his sacred stomping grounds for a show in Carrboro. "Cat Out of the Bag" will purr, "Peace for the Last Time" and "Renaissance Eyes" will stir, and everybody will go home very happy--especially if he leaves us with "When a Man Loves a Woman" echoing in our ears. --Rick Cornell

The Rocket Summer, Plain White Ts, Kevin Devine, Makeshift
Monday, July 12

Bryce Avary is The Rocket Summer--its producer, its writer, its frontman, its backup vocalist, its bassist, its get the picture. At 21, Avary does an exceptionally beyond-his-years job on all of those tasks, turning his one-man band's sophomore outing, Calendar Days, into one of 2003's best. The Rocket Summer is the happy, promising little juncture where Death Cab For Cutie's beauty meets Saves the Days' bop. Don't miss this one. --Grayson Currin

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