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Thursday, June 30
The Know, Monsonia, The Close

The Know knows how to rock, hard. The quartet bucks the current stripped-down, emotional indie rock trend and settles for a sound that belongs in the same circle as late-'80s stadium rock. On the other hand, Monsonia is markedly more subdued than The Know, and with a repertoire that includes the tunes "Sober Up, Start Lifting Weights" and "Comedian = Assface," the band promises a performance that will be aurally pleasing as well as extremely educational. 10 p.m. --JR

Manishevitz, ZZZZ, David Karsten Daniels
Local 506

How do you feel about idiosyncratic singers with an artful ken? Adam Busch goes by Manishevitz, with a vintage that suggests the influence of Roxy Music as well as a melodic warmth that recalls The Shins (though Busch's voice has more the spasmodic rhythm of Andy Partridge on the first three XTC albums). ZZZZ hail from Holland and are an organ-fueled duo whose singing drummer channels the drugged-out vocal spirit of Jim Morrison and the stage presence of the Muppets' Animal. Daniels' parched tenor almost immediately suggests Will Oldham (without the starch), while musically he explores folk-inflected indie pop with a touch of droning texture. $8/9 p. m. --CP

Friday, July 1
Growing, Black Castle, Second Husband

In a glutted field that sometimes allows any dude with some samples and a paltry knowledge of guitar equipment to be an artist, drone-driven post-rock practitioners Growing are at the top of the amorphous ranks, having struck somewhere subliminal and sublime of genius on two Kranky albums to date. Tinkered melodies and tottered rhythms give way to of-the-solar-system-or-the-icecaps drones give way to lapsing discord in this truly beautiful stuff from deceptively mature composers. $6/10 p.m. --GC

Zen Frisbee
The Cave

Zen Frisbee's 1994 release I'm as Mad as Faust, alternately atmospheric, thumping, gentle and wise-ass depending on the foursome's mood, is one of the landmarks of Chapel Hill music, at least in my world. Last time I saw these indie-rock contrarians was 10 years ago when they took part in an Exile on Main Street re-creation at the Lizard & Snake while simultaneously denouncing the Stones. If your Friday's booked, you can catch them at Local 506 the next night. 10 p.m. --RC

Angry Johnny & the Killbillies

Angry Johnny & the Killbillies perform psychotic, rambunctious, no-holds-barred country music with a homicidal twist. Set to a walloping hillbilly backbeat and fronted by a leather-lunged desperado with a take-no-prisoners attitude, this stuff is sure to satisfy even the most hard-core country fans. Free/7 p.m. --GB

Saturday, July 2
The Prayers & Tears of Arthur Digby Sellers, Schooner, Eames Era, The Annuals

Prayers & Tears frontman Perry Wright makes observations about the big picture on microscope slides and limns them in a songwriter's world where it--"it" being academic arcana, emotional crises and requisite relationships--comes perfectly condensed in four-minute deliberations on eons of ideas. Pass the megaphone: See this band. Schooner, of course, is the steady-built pop skiff of Reid Johnson, and Louisiana's Eames Era is as catchy as alliteration itself. 10 p.m. --GC

The Close

The Atlanta quintet's crisp, artful pop shimmer and sway recalls Built To Spill and Modest Mouse. The guitars contribute a prickly jangle that's as often jagged as it is melodic, while the organ fills seep into the gaps, blanketing the music in soft drone. Keyboardist Theresa Marie Fedor's backing vocals add an ethereal quality to the swirling churn. --CP

Mindless Self Indulgence, Bella Morte, Suicide City
Cat's Cradle

Imagine a rave, complete with those tiny little morons running around with surgical masks on their faces and the requisite burnout talking about Fruit Loops. Add to that mix a rapper, a few guitars and an introverted lead singer. This amalgam of tableaus isn't a dream, and it's hardly impossible. The hard-core Mindless Self Indulgence is aptly named. The band's music is a hodgepodge of sound, with electronic beats giving way to distorted guitars fronted by rap, all accentuated with emotional choruses. $12/7 p.m. --JR

Lincoln Theatre

Listening to Peter Tosh's Scrolls of the Prophet over and over until the CD player starts shooting sparks may constitute a reggae addiction, but it won't bring any of the masters of the craft back for reunion concerts any time soon. In the time between the next tribute album featuring hip-hop stars singing Marley numbers, Luciano will have to do. With a deep, soulful timbre, Luciano sings mostly about inspiration, none of that "Legalize It" stuff that Tosh was always talking about. And yes, the name is a reference to the ultra-famous tenor, but the Jamaican is a baritone. $20/9 p.m. --JR

Sunday, July 3
The Soundtrack of Our Lives, Roman Candle
Cat's Cradle

Heavyweight contenders in the battle for worst band name (cage match with ...Trail of the Dead!), The Soundtrack of Our Lives suffered a heavy blow in their status as Swedish psychedelic overlords with the release of Dungen's completely brilliant Ta Det Lugnt in 2004. Still, TSOOL offers loads of heavy rock madness, harnessing the crunchier moments of Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett and the most adventurous essence of late Led in a capacious trans-Atlantic decibel surge. Oddly, Roman Candle opens. $10/9 p.m. --GC

Tres Chicas
The Pour House

Spend just five minutes with Tres Chicas--Lynn Blakey, Caitlin Cary and Tonya Lamm--and it's obvious that they love each other dearly, which is likely one of the keys to why they sound so incredible together. Last year's debut Sweetwater was a triumphant revival meeting of folk, country, quiet rock and, yes, soul sisterly love and harmonies. $5/7 p.m. --RC

Monday, July 4
Billy Joe Winghead, Jimmy & the Teasers
Local 506

There's nobody named Billy Joe in this rowdy bunch of Oklahoma Wingheads. The quartet of bar rockers deliver a message that's a mix of psychobilly, surf, country and drunken mayhem that would do Quentin Tarantino proud. Jimmy & the Teasers feature a clumsy frontman prone to accidental stage diving backed by a female rhythm section who play as good as they look. Sleazy, hard-headed rock 'n' roll with a sexy twist. $6/10 p.m. --GB

Tuesday, July 5
Tim Easton
The Pour House

He's got a rustic, bare bones sound that vacillates between blues and folk. His sly appeal runs from the honeyed vocals with just a touch of gruff to the music's easy-going lope and Easton's slyly insistent hooks. Add to that a sincere yet self-deprecating stage manner, and you have an alluring singer who sounds like a cross between Paul Simon and John Prine. $10/8 p.m. --CP

Wednesday, July 6
Dash Rip Rock, the Cartridge Family
Local 506

Dash Rip Rock have been hailed as a cult band in Louisiana for 20 years. A New Orleans Jazzfest staple, the Rock's punk rock honky-tonk or, as they describe it, bayouland country punk sound started as a rockabilly band at LSU in '84. Over the years, the sound has pooled into a swampy, garage-honky vibe that rocks you raw. Locals The Cartridge Family contribute their raucous brand of garage/punk to the bill. $10/10 p. m. --GB

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