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Music worth leaving the house to hear this week

Friday, February 11
Cole Guerra
Bickett Gallery

In the music world, patience isn't a virtue; it's a necessity. Cole Guerra, whose brainy, moody pop makes him the Triangle's answer to artists like Aimee Mann and David Mead, has been searching for a loving home for his J.D. Foster-produced second album for over a year. This show begins a three-week Bickett residency for Guerra. 9 p.m. --RC

Blue Dogs, Petrillo Relents
The Pour House

"Art blues with a dark Southern mystique" is how the Columbia, S.C. quintet Petrillo Relents describes their music, which sounds like a mix of the Marshal Tucker Band and Little Feat. Fellow South Carolinians The Blue Dogs started out as a bluegrass trio that mixed in country, gradually expanding to a rock quartet, then went back to a country-tinged sound. 9 p.m./$8--GB

FrequeNC Soundsystem presents Cold Sides, Pykrete and DJs Mothersbrothers

Local freqs getting on the hot foot: CS Mode 178, going clipped techno on you, while Chuck Johnson (Shark Quest, Spatula) does his broken beat thing and The Mothers flip lids while flipping platters. Look for fresh new wax from the Frequenc label. 10 p.m./$5--CT

Duke Coffeehouse

As the Duke-Carolina rivalry heats up again for basketball season, this year's annual prom, hosted at the newly refurbished Coffeehouse on Duke's East Campus, may be the last place you get to see the two schools fraternizing (let alone around two turntables). Dancing fun for everyone. 10 p.m. --CT

The Claudia Quintet, Carrie Shull & Friends
De La Luz

This sharply honed group shines as a wondrous shimmering orb of organic music, propelled through air by leader John Hollenbeck's percussive modes. Engaging, but subtly distinctive of genre, these heady players on bass, vibraphone, accordian, and the crisp playing of Chris Speed on clarinet and tenor sax, is a not-so-secret treasure. 9 p.m./$10--CT

Saturday, February 12
Local 506

Mike Garrigan began recording demos as a teen, earning a contract from Universal at 19. The band he assembled, Collapsis, included members of Dillon Fence and chose a country-pop approach along similar lines before calling it quits in 2001. After a couple solo releases, Garrigan's back in a band, MG4, taking over Greensboro's Athenaeum. The former Atlantic act felt tired and chose to take a hiatus by ceding control to Garrigan, who'd joined them as a guitarist a year earlier. 10 p.m./$8--CP

Nathan Asher & The Infantry, The Know, The Prayers and Tears of Arthur Digby Sellers
Martin Street Music Hall

Call them dreamers, neophytes or fools if you will, but Nathan Asher and Perry Wright are on quests. These aren't the kinds of journeys that die easily, either. Asher--one of the few overtly political writers in the Triangle--is looking for a lot of justice and a little love. 10 p.m./$7--GC

Sunday, February 13
Hugh Swaso Project, Veronique Diabolique, Alina Simone
Local 506

Headlining this ambitious triple bill is the latest project from too-young-to-be-so-good multi-instrumentalist Swaso, a veteran of Jump, Little Children and Little Miss Messy. Alina Simone, a Ukraine-born, NYC-based singer/songwriter/guitarist with a fondness for K Records, and French revolutionaries Veronique Diabolique get things started. 9 p.m./$6--RC

Monday, February 14
Kitty Box & the Johnnys
Local 506

Since emigrating from her native Georgia to Chapel Hill, Taz Halloween has been involved in projects as diverse as portraying a swamp witch in Mel Melton's video "Papa Mojo" to singing the Bible bluegrass-style with Shady Grove founder Charles Pettee's Folk Psalm group. For Valentine's Day, Halloween will be belting out heart-pounding messages fronting Kitty Box & The Johnnys. 9:30 p.m./$5 person, $8 couples --GB

Tuesday, February 15
Velvet, The Hurt
The Cave

These bustling new wave popsters have regaled us in the past with their infectious bounce, but Velvet's forthcoming new album is set to reveal a sleeker, rangy, rockier outfit. Pursuant to that still-on-the-horizon end, they've played several times in the last few months, offering a tantalizing teaser of the still unscheduled release. 10:30 p.m./$5--CP

Jens Lekman, the Impossible Shapes
Duke Coffeehouse

This night of Secretly Canadian bands opens with Swede Jens Lekman on his first full American tour. A bona fide chart topper and Grammy nominee in his own country, Lekman ties romance to whimsy like an adorable, starry-eyed goof: "Yeah I got busted, so I used my one phone call to dedicate a song to you on the radio," he sings in a deadpan fit for Beck. Fans of Stephen Merritt and Belle & Sebastian, delight. 9 p.m./$8--GC

Snowglobe, Schooner
The Library

These one-time Athens natives play pretty, psychedelic-tinged pop music rich in melodicism and sonic details, avoiding baroque pretensions with a homey, lived-in quality driven by the music's gentle, unassuming lilt. More Beulah than Neutral Milk Hotel, Snowglobe is at its best when it lets its pop instincts take over, opening up the windows instead of pulling the shades and retreating to introspection. They're joined by locals Schooner who play equally warm, beatific pop. 10 p.m./$2 --CP

Jack Ingram's Acoustic Motel
Cat's Cradle

It's pretty simple: Texan Jack Ingram plays country music in a rock 'n' roll style, like Tom Petty doing a set of Merle Haggard songs or Steve Earle doing a set of, well, Steve Earle songs. As the tour name suggests, this one will be a little quieter and a little more intimate than usual. 9 p.m./$10 advance, $12 day of show--RC

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