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Friday, February 25
Pura Fe
ArtsCenter

Pura Fe's medium is blues, but her own blues, layered with strains of her Tuscarora Native American heritage and her strong place as a woman. She often picks at a flat-pick bottleneck guitar, slapping and cutting into the strings in forceful jabs that confirm her passion in the moment. 8 p.m./$15--CT

Blueground Undergrass, the Cadillac Stepbacks
the Pour House

"We do all types of music," says Blueground Undergrass leader/ founder Rev. Jeff Moiser. "Jazz, bluegrass, country, rock, and we do pop music as well. And I'm not afraid of that term--to me pop means popular." Mosier helped found the Aquarium Rescue Unit, was Phish's bluegrass coach and played with the Allmans, Widespread Panic and Salmon. Breaking up in '02, the group recently reformed with former Panic/ original Underground fiddle/mandolin player David Blackmon. 10 p.m./$5--GB

The Bleeding Hearts, The Talk
Martin Street Music Hall

If rock were a profession as much as a pastime, The Bleeding Hearts would be good humor men. Not because they're grinning fools--unless it's fools for love--but because they're both anachronistic attendants from another era who like riding around in vans, delivering cool goods. The Raleigh quartet isn't packing Rocket Pops, but they've a huge inventory of crunchy, arena rock-size riffs, and a generous rock 'n' roll bounce that recalls AOR legends such as Cheap Trick, Thin Lizzy and Aerosmith. Charlotte's The Talk channel Buzzcocks-era punk. 10 p.m./$7--CP

Saturday, February 26
Masala Beat Club, Tsunami Relief with DJ Marco
Ringside

DJ Marco has already made a name in town with his deep soul and funk shows, which are widely appreciated for their obscure tracks and irrepressible grooves. But Marco's tastes are broad, and his Marsala Beat Club performances rival the funk shows'. It's a mix of indigenous Indian music including classic Bollywood, Bollywood remixes and Banghra music, drawing on a wide variety of pop culture styles, incorporating everything from traditional modal music to euro dance and African rhythms. 10 p.m./$10--CP

Jason Ringenberg
Afternoon Nap House Concert in Chapel Hill

Last time in Chapel Hill for Afternoon Nap, Jason Ringenberg was in Farmer Jason mode, playing two full-house kids-music shows. This time, it's back to being Scorcher leader Jason--a gentleman always, but not a gentleman farmer. Expect an entertaining and energetic, perhaps even furniture-threatening, tour of Ringenberg's impressive 25-years-in-the-making roots-punk catalog. A second show has been added for Friday, Feb. 25. See www.afternoonnap.org/ ShowsOnSale.htm for details. 8 p.m./$12--RC

Devils in Disguise
Joe and Jo's

Columbia, S.C.-based four-piece Devils in Disguise started life in the late '90s as a covers band (offering their take on songs by Zevon, Earle and Reed--Lou, not Jimmy) with the name Gunrack. Coiniciding with the change in moniker, the band started incorporating original country-jam material, positioning them as a cross between spiritual godfather Gram Parsons and Widespread Panic. 10 p.m. --RC

Larry Keel
Cat's Cradle

Larry Keel's music is not restricted by Nashville's nor anybody else's idea of what bluegrass music should be or how to market it. He incorporates various genres and uses a variety of players in his band The Bluegrass Experience, both traditional and non-traditional. Though big time stars including Vassar Clements and Curtis Burch join the group from time to time, his core group consists of wife Jenny and fiddle and banjo player Rex McGee. 9:15 p.m./$10--GB

Brilliant Inventions
Six String Cafe

The collaboration of former solo acts Josh Lamkin and Eliot Bronson, The Brilliant Inventions take advantage of their ability to harmonize and, while still prone to the tender ballad, also indulge in a bit of playful whimsy. Influenced by Ben Folds and They Might Be Giants, this is bright, gentle pop-rock with an almost geekish vulnerability, a penchant for pop culture detail and a healthy irreverence. 8 p.m./$7--CP

Monday, February 28
Centro-Matic, Beep Beep, The Baptist Generals
Duke Coffeehouse

The Coffeehouse packed in over 200 for the Wrens show two weeks ago and continue to book terrific shows into heretofore moribund Durham. One hopes Dukies appreciate this unreal bill of acts including Centro-Matic's sonorous lo-fi pop songs (like GBV if Pollard had grown up in Austin), the herky-jerky punk-funk lurch of Beep Beep, and original demolition blues duo turned three-piece The Baptist Generals, who sound like the White Stripes going through methamphetamine-induced psychosis. 10 p.m./$8--CP

J. Roddy Walston, Reid Johnson
Bickett Gallery

A pop purveyor of the contagious, dance-around-the-club type, J. Roddy Walston is a Tennessee expatriate to watch. With his Baltimore band The Business, Walston leads a triumphant, Queen-meets-The Beach Boys, catchy-as-hell quartet that sounds strangely drunk and genius all the time. In J. Roddy's world, the precision of Grade-A pop music meets the insobriety of pint-lifting bar hootenannies at every chord change. Catch him solo with another charming troubadour, Mr. Reid Johnson of Schooner. 8:30 p.m. --GC

Tuesday, March 1
Secret Machines, Autolux, Moving Units
Cat's Cradle

Mesmerizing guitar swirls and thundering tom-toms characterize Secret Machines, a Floyd-comparable trio injecting sheets of psychedelic electrics into some of 2004's best anthems. Given that description, you wouldn't expect a "Girl from the North Country" cover, but they delivered a majestic, way low-key cover of the Dylan gem during their last trip to Raleigh. Cali co-ed threesome Autolux treads the same water on its T. Bone Burnett-produced debut, but unravels like a dainty Secret Machines Lite incapable of combustion. 8:30 p.m./$14--GC

Can Joann, The Strugglers
The Library

Another installment of "Indie Rock Tuesdays" over on East Franklin Street, this week's show features Can Joann's melodic mid-tempo rock, and Randy Bickford, nee The Strugglers, with his crackly, shambling folk for a nice price. 10 p.m./$2--CT

Matisyahu
the Pour House

One of the most interesting figures dotting the reggae (if not the entire) music landscape, Matisyahu Miller makes Hasidic reggae, spinning songs from Old Testament parables and Psalms in a dancehall kick that owes as much to the Marley tradition as it does the flow of American hip hop. Miller was a troubled teenage suburbanite who experimented with beatboxing in the classroom, discovered God in the Rocky Mountains and eventually embraced Judaism in Israel. 9 p.m./$6--GC

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