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Mike Compton and David Long Mandolin Duets
The Pour House
Thursday, Oct. 7

Mandolin Madness in Raleigh, Part Three: During their jaunt through America's roots music clubs and inviting house concerts, David Long and Nashville Bluegrass Band mandolin man Mike Compton have hosted their share of official mandolin workshops. The thing is, though, every gig seems to be a workshop for these two, an emphatic display of inherent talent and practiced virtuosity funneled from Grammy-winning (O Brother..., Down from the Mountain) mandolin man Compton to Long--his prodigiously talented student whose debut has been turning heads and perking ears since its release--straight down to the attentive, amazed, awed audience. --GC

Go Machine, Barbez
Bickett Gallery
Friday, Oct. 8

Led by a pair of eclectic songwriting talents (David Karsten Daniels, Daniel Hart) and multi-instrumentalist/programmer Alex Lazara, Go Machine has a number of aesthetics that co-exist like James Carville and Marlee Matlin--at odds yet somehow united. There's rustic moments alongside electro-pop, eerie theremin-driven spaciness abutting bustling indie rock. Hart and Daniels' writing ensures the introspective pop aspect underlying it all. NYC's Barbez has a similarly disparate sound and features one of the world's best theremin players, Pamela Kurstin, adding an unearthly tone to their post-cabaret folk-punk pastiche. --GC

The Gospel Jubilators, Dulcie Taylor
Bynum General Store
Friday, Oct. 8

The Jubilators are an a capella gospel outfit that's become a regular hit at Merlefest. Singer-songwriter Ducie Taylor opens the 7 p.m. show. The store is in Bynum about ten miles south of Chapel Hill off U.S. 15-501. A $3-7 donation is suggested.

Local 506
Friday, Oct. 8

Despite obvious comparisons to Boards of Canada, Air and Squarepusher, the Pacific Northwest duo IQU (that's ee-koo, partner) has very few analogues within electronica. On the opening track of their recent Sonic Boom outing Sun Q, the pair of Kento Oiwa and Michiko Suggs gloss through a melody as lucid as a rising sun before dropping into a dirty, industrial breakbeat contradicted by several spasmodic synthesizer lines sailing in and out of the mix. Much of the record--which runs the gamut from sweaty electro-funk to urbane electro-pop--meets that intriguing formula, as the halcyon is eclipsed by the brittle, the brittle superceded by some of the year's coolest programming and theremin trickery. Not to be missed live. --GC

Abe Reid
The Cave
Friday, Oct. 8
Blue Bayou
Saturday, Oct. 9

Abe Reid has a right to sing the blues. He's seen his best friend murdered, battled a heroin addiction that's had him in and out of rehab half a dozen times, done time in jail, and nearly lost his wife and infant daughter in a car crash that collapsed a lung and cost him his spleen--all before his 30th birthday. Back on track now, Reid and his power trio The Spikedrivers have forsaken his former blues ragtime style for a more frenetic one he calls "stomp rock boogie."--GB

Rollin' In the Hay
The Pour House
Saturday, Oct. 9

The music of Alabama's Rollin' In The Hay has been dubbed redneck speed metal, but it's not all about high and lonesome headbanging. Although it gets fast, loud and woolly at times, this backwoods power trio ain't no Metallica. Depending on the mood, these boys can be Lynyrd Skynyrd on bluegrass channeling Clapton, show off their jammier side with a Panic twist, take REM for a drive in the country or do some straight-up McGraw. To their fans, called "hayheads," it's just groove grass. --GB

Justin Roberts
Saturday, Oct. 9

Parent's Choice GOLD award-winning singer/songwriter Justin Roberts has just released his fourth kids album, Way Out, and it continues his streak of making music for youngsters and grown-ups alike. That gap-crossing appeal has nothing to do with parental in-jokes. Nope--instead, Roberts (again working with multi-instrumentalist music partner Liam Davis and others) stuffs Way Out full of in-hooks, in-harmonies, in-horn sections and other pure pop touches for now parents. "Day Camp" sounds like the best Violent Femmes song recorded in 20 years, and "Picture Day" may very well be the best pop song of the year--for all ages. Big people beware, though: Kiddie mosh pits have been known to form at Roberts' shows. This one starts at 11 a.m. --RC

I Can Lick any SonOfABitch In The House
Local 506
Sunday, Oct. 10

Taking their moniker from bare-fisted brawler John L. Sullivan's biography, these Portland iconoclasts cop their style from peers such as Drive-By Truckers and Slobberbone, combining a twangy, country-rock waltz with Exile-era Stonesy rawk'n'roil. Frontman Mike Damron's raw, whiskey-throated vocals are perfect for his scabrous rage, which eviscerates Dandy Warhols egocentric Courtney Taylor, the prejudice of Fred Phelps and the Israeli bulldozers that made a martyr of Rachel Corrie. The best Stones-y country-rock outfit this side of Verbena's debut album. --CP

Marah, Jake Brennan
The Pour House
Sunday, Oct. 10

In their sweaty live shows and on a healthy chunk of their recent 20,000 Streets Under the Sky, East Coast rockers Marah come off like the hyper-passionate house band at a bar in a Bruce Springsteen song. Or maybe in a tune from Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul, emphasis on soul. And those are all good things. Fellow Yep Rocker Jake Brennan opens with some gritty, high-emotion rock songs of his own, as showcased on his full-length debut Love and Bombs. This is part of The Pour House's early-on-Sunday series, so the show starts at 7. --RC

Jam for Change
The Fuse
Sunday, Oct. 10

This is a homegrown pass-the-hat benefit for MoveOnPAC. The 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. gig includes performances by Girard & Ryan Richardson, shallow be thy name, Mowing Lawns, Devilfish (Paul Finn), the strugglers, Bellafea, My Dear Ella, and Dan Hall & Alex Bowers.

Mountain Goats, John Vanderslice
Cat's Cradle
Tuesday, Oct. 12

John Darnielle is one of America's best lyricists, turning in dark portraits of twisted relationships (2002's seminal Tallahassee) and people on the edge of whatever they can fall into or over. While he recorded most of his catalog with incredible profligacy into a Panasonic boombox "valuing immediacy over fidelity," his move to 4AD has been accompanied not just by markedly better production but richer, more intricate arrangements. Part of that is due to the help of bill-mate, musician/producer John Vanderslice, whose own albums feature intriguing character sketches of damaged souls (2002's Life and Death of An American Fourtracker). --CP

The Spits, Black Lips
Local 506
Wednesday, Oct. 13

Retro-punk rock that recalls the primitivism of early L.A. acts like Germs, Weirdos and Skulls, The Spits would fit perfectly on Penelope Spheeris' documentary Decline of Western Civilization. Their loud, anarchic roar takes a clear cue from the Ramones, with short, punchy, straight-ahead songs and snotty lyrics. They're a favorite of Rocket From The Crypt's Jon Reis, and it's easy to see why since they share a similarly nostalgic aesthetic, which The Spits complete with musical odes to G.G. Allin ("Drink, Fight & Fuck") and Plasmatics singer "Wendy 'O."--CP

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