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Music worth leaving your house to hear this week

Wednesday, June 22
The Mighty Burners
White Collar Crime

I hesitate to call this Mighty Burners show a reunion, as I can only hope it's the beginning of so much more for this Raleigh jazz-hop outfit that went mysteriously cold after the release of its fantastic 2003 debut, Hot Ones Now. Acid-jazz guitar whiz Chris Boerner leads this ensemble of aces, along with occasional trio partner Nic Slaton ripping gargantuan across the bass neck. C'mon fellas, don't go breakin' my heart with a one-off. Free/9 p.m. --GC

Thursday, June 23
Ericson Holt, Ed Pettersen, Kim McLean
The Pour House

With a Pettersen and an Ericson, both based in Nashville, you get Americana and Scandanaviana. Ed Pettersen is a roots-conscious singer/songwriter type, kind of an East Coast Dave Alvin Jr., whose social circle includes a Funk Brother, a Del-Lord and an Average White Bander. Ericson Holt, who's toured as a member of the Mavericks and Allison Moorer's band, tests the solo waters with his debut The Blue Side, which highlights the melodic side of roots rock. $5/8:30 p.m. --RC

Lincoln Theatre

Heavily versed in the New Orleans tradition of musicmaking, the sometimes jazzy but always funky ensemble Galactic know how to start a party. A jam-based group that relies heavily on the improvisational chops of its members, Galactic numbers are a musical jambalaya consisting of everything from rock to hip hop. The newly arranged five-piece--vocalist Theryl DeClouet recently left the picture--heads to the area. $20/9 p.m. --JR

Tennis & The Mennonites, Little Light

Tennis & The Mennonites ride the lightning of Maria Albani's throbbing, roving basslines and Jerstin Crosby's urgent vocals to a Saddle Creek kind of Cure-ated country music, shaking like a nervous leaf in a mean world that's somehow (something to do with love and prospect) still worth living. Jersey/Philly hybrid Little Light is appropriately named, as the band's vocals open delicately before bouncing with the guitars to a full jangle tilt. Oh Chemists and Mystechs open.$5/10 p.m. --GC

Friday, June 24
Hamell On Trial, John Saylor, Wigg Report
De La Luz

Hamell on Trial (Ed Hamell on legal documents) operates with a big acoustic guitar sound and even bigger ideas while proving that raw anger and a sense of humor can coexist just fine, thank you. John Saylor relies on country-music arrangements to get his points across, while Durham laundry-room pop trio Wigg Report sports guitar, drums and, courtesy of former Beulah member Ben Riseling, saxophone. $10/9 p.m. --RC

Royal Rumble: Olympic Ass Kickin' Team vs. Kung-Fu Dykes

In this battle of supercharged rawk rumblers, I'm rooting for the away team. That should be no offense to Terry Anderson & his blistering Faces-meets-Ramones Olympic Ass-Kickin' Team. In fact, TA should take it as a compliment: Really, can you imagine the hilarity that would result after being beat by a glow-in-the-dark ménage a trois of GWAR-fueled dykes hailing from Virginia Beach, especially given the former Knobs' turns on eloping in Dillon, S.C. and the all-mighty Thunderbird? LOL? 10 p.m. --GC

Battle Of The Bands
Lincoln Theatre

It seems a staple of alt-weeklies to blame the death of music, arts and morality on media conglomerates like Clear Channel and their variegated tentacles like Alltel Pavilion. I suppose the devil made us do it, and here devil may or may not be assumed to be a reflexive pronoun. But give credit where it's due. Under the leadership of Bob Klaus, Alltel Pavilion has been diligently promoting local music for the past two years, running two side stages stocked with locals playing before and between sets for mostly new faces. The winner of this five-act Battle of the Bands (bands announced June 22) plays a side-stage before DMB and DBT hit the stage June 29. Money! $3/9 p.m. --GC

John Legend
Carolina Theatre

Steady rotation on MTV and play on pop radio stations may be expected for Britney Spears, but this kind of attention is not usually reserved for someone who actually grooves. John Legend, "a close relative" of Snoop Dogg, has relied on pure talent, a hauntingly soulful voice and adept songwriting chops to secure him a spot in the upper slots of the musical food chain. Legend has written tunes for Alicia Keys, Twista and Kanye West, but easily finds his own voice on Get Lifted, his debut album. Special guest Iyfe. $34/8 p.m. SOLD OUT --JR

Logical Sound Discovery
Berkeley Cafe

Maybe The Beatles started it with "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" and The Flaming Lips keep it current with their Lovely Sort of Death publishing brand. Either way, LSD as a musical acronym for far-flung tunes is alive and well with Raleigh's own Logical Sound Discovery, the brainbaby of visual artist Rob Logic. Sublimely psych synthesizer soul that doesn't shy away from heart-massaging love or hippy-happy transcendence, LSD paranormally gets the party going in its own weird way. --GC

Saturday, June 25
One Star Hotel
The Cave

If Jeff Tweedy were able to patent the concept of Wilco-ness, he could sue One Star Hotel for copyright infringement. But this Philly-based foursome wears it well. Their alternately dreamy and snappy, periodically pedal- and lap steel-accented rock is the sound of the Flaming Lips' The Soft Bulletin claiming Anodyne's spot on the CD shelf, and it should fill the trapped air of the Cave quite nicely. 10 p.m. --RC

The Prayers & Tears of Arthur Digby Sellers
Local 506

They aren't scenesters, which sometimes obscures the fact that the Bu Hanan co-op is producing amazing music. It ain't Merge yet, but the only thing holding Prayers & Tears back as their flagship is getting the name in and out of the slip. Of course, Perry Wright's ship isn't a rocket-charged 'chunkster, but rather a delicate vessel of majesty and beauty that lingers on the horizon at sunset and casts a long shadow. Arrive early for The Strugglers and you won't be disappointed. Free/10 p.m. --CP

The Bleeding Hearts, Chrome Plated Apostles

The chunky melodic pluck of Raleigh's Bleeding Hearts rings like the late bell, interrupting life with a naïve reverie that takes you to Budokan where you invite thousands of screaming Japanese teens to desire you. The apertif comes in the senses-cleansing quartet Chrome Plated Apostles, whose mutant blues rumble sets off tsunami warnings.10 p.m. --CP

Cool John Ferguson
All People's Grill

One wrestles with a feeling of powerlessness when called to write about Ferguson. To those who've seen him, there's no need for explanation. Playing his upside-down right-handed guitar (like Hendrix), Cool John's soulful melodic figures and effortless playing are enough to lull you into a deep blues trance. But what more can be done for the uninitiated, other than to implore them vigorously to see one of the best guitarists alive? --CP

Monday, June 27
J-Live, Vast Aire, C-Rayz Walz
Cat's Cradle
J-Live's turntablism exists on an elevated plane where fricasseeing beats becomes art like Jackson Pollock splattering out one of his action paintings. The New Yorker comes from a school devoted to socially conscious lyrics and themes. His partners on this tour from the Def Jux camp often spit politically charged rhymes in acidic sci-fi parables. $14/9:30 p.m. --CT

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