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Thursday, April 21
Mahjongg, Strange
Kings

Without mentioning their big-city roots, writing about Mahjongg is impossible. From Chicago, these no-wave re-inventors breathe the grime of the inner city both in and--sonically, chaotically--out, making a post-disco punk's funk where askance, confounding time signatures jar by like souls in a subway and guitars, keys and found sounds rattle around like gears grinding downtown. It's the urban spazz, flipped-out jazz that Death Comet Crew grew: Don't miss this one. --GC

Friday, April 22
Gigi Dover
Bynum General Store

Packing a Creative Loafing Best Vocalist Award or two and a country-soul catch in her voice, Charlotte's Gigi Dover is an underheralded N.C. artist who deserves to be higher on your Get to Know list. Dover's roots are in country-rock, but she's just as comfortable delivering Jackie DeShannon-style pop songs. 7 p.m./pass the hat--RC

The Sames, Erie Choir, Schooner
Duke Coffeehouse

Get your ear-holes ready, for Durham's left-of-center pop outfit The Sames have a new, long overdue CD, You Are The Sames, celebrated here. When the band's melodies grab you, guitarist Marc Faris's crystalline guitar sound holds you in place, so expect an engaging night. 9 p.m./$8 includes CD--CT

Saturday, April 23
The Moaners
Ooh La Latte

The Moaners are Trailer Bride's Melissa Swingle and drummer Laura King, veteran of Grand National and a host of Baltimore punk bands, and theirs is a world in which Elizabeth Cotton and Flannery O'Connor are Southern-cool divas and pushy men are little yapping dogs. The duo--Swingle all down-tuned guitar and half-fried vocals, King a jackhammer with soul--revels in its joyous racket. --RC

Slugnut, Daylight Dies, Widow, Magnethead & more
Lincoln Theatre

Just as flowers are blooming and birds are chirping, it's time to don the leather jacket and get ready to bang heads at the Spring Metal Thing in Raleigh. Local thrash-metal standouts like Slugnut lead the charge, with other metallic variants in tow for a full day of teeth-grinding spew. 4 p.m. /$10--CT

Roh Delikat, Jakuta & Carl, Physics of Meaning
Duke Coffeehouse

Indie pop duos Roh Delikat and Jakuta & Carl use laptop electronics in their songs, providing some zing to their otherwise emo-tive approach; references include The Postal Service. 9 p.m./$3--CT

Blueground Undergrass
Pour House

"I'm playing the banjo very much like Bob Dylan played the guitar," says Blueground Undergrass founder Rev. Jeff Mosier. "The guitar was his way of accompanying himself and also getting his music out." Mosier cites Col. Bruce Hampton as his biggest influence, turning him on to funk and Sun Ra. "I was finally in a band wanting me to play music on the banjo and not banjo music." Psychedelic hickhop is the result. 11 p.m./$10--GB

Sunday, April 24
Rob Russell & The Sore Losers
The Cave

These roots rockers out of Johnson City, Tenn., niftily recycle a quarter century of sub-Mason-Dixon Line rock, from the Marshall Tucker Band, Delbert McClinton and Wet Willie up to late fellow Tennesseans the V-roys. That last outfit especially echoes when the band commences to twangpopping, suggesting the Plimsouls lost in the Smokies. 10 p.m. --RC

Monday, April 25
Percy Sledge
The Pour House

"When A Man Loves A Woman." It's all you ever need to know about relationships. But only one singer will do, and it ain't the white guy with the high-pitched whine and the funky hair. It's Percy Sledge. Still. And yeah, he still sounds the same. I got your roots, your soul, hangin', Bolton. What other soul singer would have the nerve to cover Steve Earle and pull it off? Percy Sledge. The best in soul. Still. 8 p.m./$30--GB

Tuesday, April 26
The Strugglers
Local 506

Back from touring Spain with Destroyer, Randy Bickford's preparing to release his first album recorded in a real studio. Bickford calls it a new chapter in the life of his country-folk/blues act, with an even stronger pop sensibility, sophisticated arrangements and "more of a cohesive artistic statement." 10 p.m./Free--CP

Wednesday, April 27
Bird Snow, Greg Davis, Keith Fullerton Whitman
Nightlight

Town & Country's Ben Vida shakes some spring fever on Green Inferno, the debut of his Bird Snow persona. Moving inside a Moroccan sphere of chirping ambience and acoustic drones, Vida's woven a rich, spiraling, organic concrete equal parts Luc Ferrari and tour/Kranky label mates Keith Fullerton Whitman and Greg Davis. Whitman and Davis are adept in summoning golden thread drones, via digitalized psaltery and organs, as Powerbook folk and time-lag trance. 10 p.m./$6--EW

Spitalfield, Gratitude, Minus The Bear
Cat's Cradle

If there's promise to be found in the underground's minor leagues, you could do worse than this triple bill. Chicago's Spitalfield is cut from the same cloth as Taking Back Sunday, with big emo rock riffs and churning rhythms. Gratitude is even better. Led by former onelinedrawing and Far frontman Jonah Matranga, with ex-Crumb guitarist Mark Weinberg, they have a sturdy sound that's more pop/rock than punk. Minus The Bear are an angular, textural act with a math rock tendency, but less self-indulgent. 7 p.m./$12--CP

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