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Music worth leaving the house to hear this week

Thursday, March 10
Goner, Timonium, Glissade
Martin Street Music Hall

One: Arrive early, as Greensboro's Glissade hits first. Two: Request "HLSD," the band's slow-burning, steady-mounting study in psyche-serialism, transcending through sheer layers of sound spewed simultaneously from stella-suspended synthesizers and three-dimensional guitar abstraction. The state's new post-rock gem. Three: Trip with Cali co-eds Timonium, a dreamy answer to Canada's best popsters. Four: Groove to Goner--Raleigh's sans-guitar trio built on the foundation of Scott Phillips' unknowingly catchy and unendingly clever charmers. Enjoy. 10 p.m./$6 --GC

Charlie Robison, Steve Howell Band
Lincoln Theatre

He may be better known as the guy who married the Dixie Chick banjo player (nee Emily Erwin), but the Austin-by-way-of-Houston country singer/guitarist has established himself as yet another supremely talented "Texas country" musician. Lingering on the joys of marijuana, penning a George Jones-style weeper in "The Bottom," or lasciviously pondering the mysteries of married sex, Robison is your traditional non-traditional Texas (not Nashville!) country musician. 8 p.m./$10 --CP

Killer Filler

A Jack of many instruments, former SCOTS man Chris "Mr. Crispy" Bess leads this eclectic mix of precision surf, R&B and instrumentals that would be at home in a Tiki lounge or a dance party. Bess' expertise on anything from organ to accordion shows in these fun 'n' frolicking arrangements. 10 p.m. --CT

Friday, March 11
Ash, The Bravery
Cat's Cradle

Irish punk-pop trio Ash lost the plot for a moment trying to follow up their breakthrough mid-'90s album 1977, and it took until 2002's Free All Angels to right the ship. With their fifth studio album, Meltdown, the band coalesces the best elements of their sound. If there were ever a time for this catchy, hot-blooded act to catch on in the States, this is it. 9 p.m./$12--CP

Alabama Thunderpussy, Transient, Axehandle
Martin Street Music Hall

Rarely does a name so perfectly capture a sound. If Lynyrd Skynyrd had been into Ozzy, it might have sounded like this. The Richmond, Va. quartet combine a raw, pulverizing attack with the heft of death metal (though singer Johnny Throckmorton's diction is a lot better) and a kind of leadened boogie, whose heavily pocked groove resembles the furrow left when you drag anything exceedingly heavy over soft ground. Surprisingly supple and rocking for something loud and aggressive. 10 p.m./$8--CP

Saturday, March 12
The Rosebuds, The Greatest Hits, Electric Sunshine
Martin Street Music Hall

With their infectious melodic bounce and irrepressible tunes, the pretty indie pop of this by-way-of Wilmington trio is one of the hottest sounds in the Triangle. And they're taking advantage of the momentum with an EP, split CD and a full-length all planned for sometime this year. Their classic, straight-forward pop-rock style contributes to the innocent, hard to deny charm of the music. They're joined by the rambunctious roar of hard-charging rockers The Greatest Hits. 10 p.m./$8--CP

Sunday, March 13
Parts & Labor, the Whole World Laughing

Kinetic comes to mind with Parts & Labor, a blissed-out, shapeshifting, time-boggling three-piece generating an atomic energy riot all hopped up on speed, abrasion and the overarching, underwriting desire to mold brutal dissonance and volume into absurdly likeable explosions. And in their third appearance, percussionists born to take anything a step further CG&J's Dave Cantwell and The Clang Quartet's Scotty Irving unite as The Whole World Laughing. 10 p.m./$5 --GC

Gigi Dover, Danielle Howle
the Pour House

A veteran of country-rock band the Rank Outsiders, Gigi Dover has been writing and singing songs professionally for close to 15 years. On her latest release, she bravely takes on Bobbie Gentry's landmark "Ode to Billy Joe," her sultry vocal turn giving the tune the right mix of humidity and mystery. Columbia, S.C.'s Danielle Howle--with and without The Tantrums--uses her vocal stylings to continue inventing interesting ways to combine country, folk and pop. 7 p.m./$5--RC

The Blue Van, The Pink Slips
Martin Street Music Hall

From across the pond comes Dutch mod/garage act, The Blue Van, fresh from an appearance on MTV Live. With a '60s-fueled sound that harkens back to The Kinks, Who and Pretty Things, the quartet resurrects the warm, classic rock-pop sound of the era, avoiding the in-the-red distorted roar that passes for garage in much of this country. Durham's own pop-punkers cum rough-hewn garage rockers The Pink Slips open. 10 p.m./$7--CP

Les Georges Leningrad, The Rogers Sisters, The Watchers
Local 506

Les Georges came through town recently with their neon hunk of drama, super-villain costumes and crunchy beats and guitar. Rogers Sisters play with the rhythm, nodding to their downtown N.Y. forefathers along the way. Protest propped on legs doing the jerk, their songs zigzag while holding down a groove. 10 p.m. --CT

Monday, March 14
Matthew Hebert
The Cave

Consider it deflation: These days you can get even more than a dozen rootsy rock bands for a dime. But the New England-based Matthew Hebert-led Ware River Club is one of the handful that has something--a certain ragged, Replacementsy charm, a few extra smarts in the songwriting department, whatever--that makes them stand out from the pack. This time through, Hebert's traveling alone. 10 p.m. --RC

Tuesday, March 15
Boner Machine, Mowing Lawns
The Library

Looking to freak the normals, local zanies move into East Franklin for this Ides of March show. Boner Machine shamble through their own neo-folk mantra numbers, with Mowing Lawns kicking up dust from guitarist Todd Emert and partner Mike Meyerson. 10 p.m./$2 --CT

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