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Music worth leaving the house to hear this week

Port Huron Statement, Maple Stave, The People Under The Bridge
Thursday, Sept. 9

Tory, the 2002 sophomore effort from duo-turned-live quartet Port Huron Statement, stands as one of the most disappointingly overlooked local outings in years. It's a booming, bouncing-sounds-off-the-walls concept record about a British loyalist who "hates this goddamned revolution," happily choked up on the thunder of Flaming Lips drum sequences, compositional risks with more audacity than dozens of contemporaries pining to be Lips, and razor sharp verbal quips like "You're impressive to the easily impressed." --GC

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Stomp Vamp & Roll
Lincoln Theatre
Thursday, Sept. 9

Like a long lost point on the Parker family lineage that claims Maceo, Karl Denson is a true jazz eclectic, blessed with a fierce, party-onstage-until-dawn-breaks spirit and a fervency that drives his Tiny Universe outfit to its rank among the tightest and most inclusive six-piece joints on the circuit today. A member of Lenny Kravitz's band before he formed the wildly expansive and semi-psychedelic Greyboy Allstars, Denson tells stories with his animated, occasionally crystal-as-Coltrane tenor saxophone when he's not leading funked-out audience sing-alongs. --GC

De La Luz
Thursday, Sept. 9

Chicago jazz trio Triage gracefully walks the tightrope between stratospheric free improvisation and succinct hard bop phrases. Saxophonist Dave Rempis and percussionist Tim Daisy are alums of the Vandermark Five, completing the rhythm section with formidable bassist Jason Ajemian. Their unique voice comes through clearly in compositions that swing and sing gorgeously as they engage in a telepathic groupthink as mysterious and effective as any freethinking trio today. For evidence, check "Bus Stop Break-Up" on their new release American Mythology, where around the seven-minute mark, the hairs on your neck will stand erect without explanation. --CT

Patty Hurst Shifter, Lamont Skylark
Martin Street Music Hall
Friday, Sept. 10

Patty Hurst Shifter has been busy recording a bunch of new old-fashioned guitar anthems for the follow-up to their ruggedly handsome 2002 debut, Beestinger Lullabies. But they're not so busy that they can't find time to team up for a show with Lamont Skylark, Wilmington's entry in the alt-country horse race--with an emphasis on the alt. --RC

B-Girl Fest with Shelly B, Mother Nature, DJ Jenny Doom, many more
Berkeley Cafe
Saturday, Sept. 11

This women's hip-hop showcase matches local MCs like the ferocious Shelly B with visiting NY DJ phenom Jenny Doom. B-Girl Fest continues as a regular series (this is the fourth), building community among female rappers and producers in all points of the Triangle. --CT

Asylum Street Spankers
Blue Bayou Club
Saturday, Sept. 11

"We just basically make a stew--we've got all these different guys with all these different backgrounds," says Asylum Street Spankers founding member, singer and self-described cultural troublemaker Wammo. Wammo and Christina Marrs are the two main constants in a band that changes members like most people change clothes. The music started out acoustic and stayed that way allegedly because nobody remembered to bring a PA to the first gig. "It's your grandma's music," says vocalist Marrs, "but we're not your grandma." The Spankers also play The Pour House on Friday, Sept. 10. --GB

The Natural History, The Nein, Bitter Bitter Weeks
Local 506
Sunday, Sept. 12

Locals The Nein haven't played here in several months and should be at the peak of their powers, tossing out barbed guitar rock with substantial low-end thud. NYC trio Natural History wield pleasant if familiar power pop indebted to Elvis Costello and The Attractions. Neo-folkie BBW opens. --CT

Regina Hexaphone, The Feebles
Sunday, Sept. 12

Kings' Matinee Sundays are back for the first time in a few months, at least for this week. The returning line-up is a must-see, as prolific producer and session man Jerry Kee will bring his two bands to Raleigh for a Sunday afternoon romp. The Feebles lean on a bent and admiration for quintessential bluesman Leadbelly, while Regina Hexaphone shimmers like a sweet Southern lullaby--sultry, subtle and complex. Sara Bell sings like a charming but fallen angel, as Margaret White lets the violin sink deep and moan through these alternately sweeping and punchy ballads and punkers. The show starts at 5 p.m. --GC

Afternoon Nap House Concert with Beaver Nelson
Sunday, Sept. 12

Austin's Beaver Nelson is a Texas singer-songwriter in the sense that he sure knows his Townes Van Zandt songs. But a trip through Nelson's excellent five-album catalog will reveal a guy who sounds like he's also on a first-name basis with the music of The Band, Van Morrison andThe Faces. (Hmmm, Ian McLagan and the late Ronnie Lane, both Faces alum, have called Austin home. Maybe everything does come back to Texas.) Doors open at 6:30 and music starts at 7. To reserve tickets call 408-0207 or buy them online at --RC

Addison Groove Project, The BRIDGE
The Pour House
Wednesday, Sept. 15

As jam bands go, AGP has a spacier funk feeling that distinguishes them from the more prevalent folk-blues hybrids that follow the Dead's example. AGP began in Boston by churning out Kool & The Gang covers but soon developed a jazz-fusion side that supplies their atmospheric feeling, to go with the requisite horn solos, grooving organ and 10-minute songs. While admirably tight, it's not particularly inventive, but then neither are the Hives, and they're still enjoyable. --CP

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