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Thursday, March 17
Chulrua
The ArtsCenter

There are traditional Irish groups, and then there are star-studded outfits like this trio, led by appropriately named button accordion legend Paddy O'Brien. Singer and guitarist Pat Egan with fiddler Patrick Ourceau play off of O'Brien's festive, intricate patterns for some genuine Irish celebration music. This third annual St. Patrick's Day concert at the ArtsCenter encourages dancing. $16/8 p.m. --CT

St. Patty's Party with Rogues of the Bog
Blue Bayou Club

The music of Rogues of the Bog brings together the unholy trinity of barbershop harmonies, speed metal guitars and Shaggs-style drumming. I'm kidding. It's St. Patrick's Day! Of course they're a Celtic band, for the love of Paddy Moloney! Expect plenty of Irish jigs and reels as well as more than a couple sing-along pub tunes and ballads, all driven by accordion, fiddle and bodhran. $7/8:30 p.m. --RC

Friday, March 18
Olympic Ass-Kickin' Team
The Pour House

The Terry Anderson-led OAK Team gives you a rowdy blend of The Faces' soul rock, Rockpile's straight-at-ya roots rock and NRBQ's anything-goes rock, all done up Carolina style. Openers The Nevers are four well-traveled area rockers with names like The Woods, The Accelerators and Automatic Slim on their resumes and Badfinger and the Stones etched on their music. $6/10 p.m. --RC

Drum 'n' Bass Violence Tour
Kings

Drum 'n' bass--the quick tempo, hot-tempered cousin of breakbeat and jungle--continues to evolve after providing a strong foundation for modern electronica. With UK scenester Keaton, American standout Hive and locals Moving Fusion, this showcase will have beat-heads following the drop and breakdown all night. $15 before 11 p.m./$20 after--CT

Frog Holler
The Cave

Frog Holler (along with Austin, Texas' Gourds) come closer than any other current roots act to recapturing the communal spirit and rustic North Americana sound perfected, maybe even invented, by The Band in the late '60s--with rock, country, gospel and rhythm & blues doled out in whatever portions are appropriate for each song. $5/10 p.m. --RC

Cardiff Giants, Bringerer
Local 506

These veteran Chapel Hill rock dudes named themselves after a fake fossil of an antediluvian behemoth. The music remains vibrant and immediate, spat out in growls, gnarled guitar strings and sweat from these former Pipe, Small and Zen Frisbee members. Arrive early for Bringerer. 10 p.m. --CT

Independent Animal Rescue Benefit
Cat's Cradle

Not the first time this has been said for a Triangle event, and it won't be the last: a night of wide-ranging music for a great cause. On one end is the Crescent City-influenced street-party music of the Countdown Quartet, and on the other is the worshipping-at-the-altar-of-Don-Kirshner hard rock of the Bleeding Hearts. In the middle is Kenny Roby's new outfit, Mercy Filter, a Raleigh-Charlotte collective that plays big-beat pop/rock. $8 advance, $10 door/8 p.m. --RC

Saturday, March 19
Two Ugly People Kissing, Jefferson Satellite, Wolf Anus
Nightlight

In keeping with the Nightlight theme du jour, there's very little I will tell you about this bargain basement mystery show, a promises-to-be-noisy-and-confrontational-as-hell trifecta of something named Jefferson Satellite, a (probably) computer-manipulating noise fiend in Wolf Anus and a self-described "erotic, scatalogical, electronic free jazz philosophical investigation" called Two Ugly People Kissing. Three bands involving Anus, Starships and Kisses for two bucks ... honestly, how can you resist?--GC

Big Fat Gap, Michael Holland
The Cave

Tonight's two sets should be interesting, as the ol' timey, fast-flyin' sextet Big Fat Gap brings its newly revamped lineup to the stage for an early exhibition. Former banjo man Andy Thorn is currently pickin' it nationwide with Larry Keel's new unit, but former indie rock violinist (put away the eyebrows) Bobby Britt is now bowing in this fold. BFG splits sets with Michael Holland--one half of Jennyanykind's Holland Brothers--before they back his own new items (bronzed, rustic country-folk) for testing. --GC

Tuesday, March 22
Cub Country, Dolorean
The Library

It's high time people stop referring to Cub Country as the acoustic project of former Jets to Brazil bassist Jeremy Chatelain. Three albums deep, Cub Country is a full-time act deserving non-sideshow attention. Chatelain turns open chords, pastoral passions and an apparent scholasticism of '70s songwriter fare into sweetly expansive narratives about the undying standards: living, loving and the toil one can have on the other. Dolorean is a Portland-based, Yep Roc-inked kindred spirit. --GC

Wednesday, March 23
Electric Jam Open Mic Night
Local 506

It should be called the Franklin Street Hootenanny, 'cuz it's almost a clubhouse for the Chapel Hill music scene. Like opposite sex members of any sitcom that's been around for more than a couple years, the 506's denizens couple up frequently and somewhat indiscriminately, ripping through half-rehearsed covers like a stoned person opening a bag of chips. Jule Brown is hosting the show, and if they're anything like last month's curators, they're busy pulling together their own cool and off-beat covers. --CP

Crooked Fingers, Liz Durrett
Cat's Cradle

Given Eric Bachmann's illustrious past as the former frontman of Archers of Loaf and his shift to the poetic, haunting and often morbid bard of Crooked Fingers, you might never expect sincere admiration for Tin Pan Alley. But between a morning radio appearance in Denver and the first stop on the tour behind Bachmann's fourth Fingers full-length, Dignity and Shame, he expresses his affections: "I love that stuff ... I knew we were going to lose the people that like the darker stuff this time around. We were going to lose the hipsters." As such, Dignity and Shame is an appropriate name for this Crooked Fingers variation: Here, a pervasive imagery of dread gives way--in spots--to the lighter side of Bachmann's songwriting persona. He sounds more Diamond, less Waits. And if you're reluctant to see Crooked Fingers for the third time in less than a year at the Cradle: The now six-piece band--a flute has entered the mix--learned 35 songs in the past few weeks. $10 advance--GC

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