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Music worth leaving the house to hear this week

Dean Fields
Bickett Gallery

The Virginia-bred Fields enrolled in grad school at University of Miami for music business, but chucked the whole thing and took to the road to pursue music full-time three years ago. While vocally he recalls David Gray and his legions of folk-rock imitators, his acoustic pop songs have a deft atmospheric touch and a heart-tucking pull, which on the piano tunes conjures a young Bruce Hornsby. 10 p.m./$4--CP

The Toasters
Local 506

Fans of reggae's bastard child ska won't find a better exemplar than The Toasters. Their two-tone derived R&B predated the third-wave ska revival headed by the Mighty Mighty Bosstones by almost a decade, as founder/guitarist Rob "Bucket" Hinkley has been leading the band and a changing array of backing players for more than 20 years. Unlike current peers, punk never enters into the equation, as this seminal act sticks to the original style pioneered by English Beat and The Selecter. 9 p.m./$10--CP

Perpetual Groove, The Shapeshifters
Lincoln Theatre

Of course, you would probably never guess that a band named Perpetual Groove was a favorite of the jam circuit. Perpetual Groove isn't just your average, run-of-the-hippy-hemp-mill, spin-in-circles act, though. A member of Mebane-based Homegrown Music Network, the band delivers refined melodies built as much on Meter-like funk and Dead-inspired vamps as King Crimson crescendos. 10 p.m./$8--GC

Cantwell Gomez & Jordan, Maple Stave, Manamid

This is the CD release party for Maple Stave, the mathematically inclined Raleigh post-rockers who fill the cracks in Evan Rowe's massive attack of snare rolls and hi-hat hits with throbbing, deadpan bass lines and the circumvented guitar lines of Chris Williams. It's dynamic, capable playing for fans of The Shipping News and the Temporary Residence Limited family. Cantwell, Gomez & Jordan pummels with a hum-and-halt, jerk-and-jolt system of skronked-out guitars and free jazz arrhythmia. --GC

Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings
Cat's Cradle

Explosive singer Sharon Jones has a chiropractor's talent at making one's backbone slip. In this triumphant return to the Triangle, she's at the Cradle, so more can share in her overflowing soulful voice and move to the crisp funk of the Kings. Use your scarf as a towel; it's gonna get hot. 9 p.m./$5--CT

Urban sophisticates
The Pour House

A seven-piece, live hip-hop crew with its roots spread across the Triangle, the Urban Sophisticates are fronted by Benton and Aaron James, brothers who moved South after struggles with faith, family and school. Benton is the emcee, a confident rapper with an unadorned, steady flow, while Aaron laces the tracks with smooth soul suitable for The Foreign Exchange. Tie that fraternal connection to a band that can run the eclectic Stax-to-Philly gamut, and you've got yourself a Thursday night celebration. Influential and Boxbomb open. 10 p.m./$6--Grayson Currin

Moonshine Still
The Pour House

Moonshine Still's music sounds like a marriage of The Band and the Allman Brothers. Frontman Scott Baston sounds like Jim Morrison on 'shrooms, trying to enunciate but overcompensating a bit. Although the name sounds like the band should be playing backwater jug music, the Macon, Ga.-based sextet stops just this side of Southern rock, with keyboardist Tripp Wright's organ and synth playing adding a funk flavor to the proceedings. 10 p.m./$6--GB

James Lee Stanley
Six String Cafe

He's recorded for over 30 years, releasing 20 albums including records with Michael Smith, Tom Paxton and Peter Tork (of Monkees fame). Writer Tom Robbins even called him "the last great undiscovered singer/songwriter in America" in Even Cowgirls Get the Blues. 8 p.m./$8--CP

Unknown Tongues
Blue Bayou
Although they're from the Outer Banks, Unknown Tongues' love for Louisiana music and culture is so strong that they hold their own annual Mardi Gras celebration. Boatbuilder/bandleader Bryan Blake started a monthly jam in '89, quickly finding a band of enthusiasts including former Red Clay Rambler Bill Hicks and wife Libby. The Hicks are gone, but the band still spreads the Cajun/Zydeco gospel with their portable stage, dubbed the Cajun pagoda. --GB

Schooner, Fashion Design, Can Joann
The Cave

Three of the area's fastest rising new bands; none has been around for more than a couple years. Schooner is led by Reid Johnson (The AM), who writes great pop-rock ballads thick with hooks. Fashion Design has been playing out more than anyone of late, gracing audiences with their gloomy, downbeat rock that recalls Bauhaus in its cold precision. Can Joann are their polar opposite, with a hot-blooded rock sound that varies from the infectiously hooky to the fiery garage number. 10 p.m./$5--CP

C.C. Adcock
The Pour House

As if being raised in southwest Louisiana didn't provide enough of an automatic musical education, Charles Clinton Adcock cut his teeth recording and touring with the likes of Bo Diddley, Buckwheat Zydeco and Bobby Charles. And if Adcock's highly flammable blend of blues, zydeco, rock and R&B doesn't make you move, someone better notify CSI: Raleigh. 9:30 p.m./$5 (or free with Chris Stamey ticket)--RC

Tarbox Ramblers
Local 506

Singer Michael Tarbox (his real last name) says his Tarbox Ramblers band is a combination of a string band and blues band "in a way that doesn't hammer you over the head with either one." Believing that folk music has gotten too pretty, his mission is to put folk songs back in the barroom where they belong, done raunchy, twangy and loud. Pre-World War II blues, hillbilly and gospel music are also fair game. 10 p.m./$7--GB

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