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Wednesday, July 6
Dub Addis
McCorkle Place

After opening for the operatic Luciano Saturday at the Lincoln, dub Addis is back for yet another reggae fest. This time it's on the UNC campus and instead of a multi-band throwdown, the concert is billed as a nice, relaxing night in the park. It's also the easiest way to see the group while lying on a blanket. Free/7:30 p.m. --JR

Thursday, July 7
Blowfly
Cat's Cradle

I'd like to imagine former R&B star and KC & The Sunshine Band producer Clarence Reid had a big happy party when he turned 60 last Valentine's Day, as--at long last--it was official: He is a sexagenarian. The man known as Blowfly (or, perhaps, "the guy with the naked chicks on his LP covers") still sports more ways to offend, horrify and delight listeners than those fresh emcees one-third his age. After all these years, "What a Difference a Lay [Still] Makes." $10/9:30 p.m. --GC

Friday, July 8
Countdown Quartet
Bickett Gallery

The Countdown Quartet and their bayou sound--polyphonic brass layered over impossibly funky vamps all topped off by a soulful baritone--would sound more at home bringing up the rear of a street festival than on stage in a "you watch, we play" setting. Catch a second Countdown showing 9 p.m. Saturday at Chapel Hill's Fuse. 8 p.m. --JR

The Chest Pains, The New Recruits, Hum Machine
Wetlands

Greg Barbera named his punk band after his near-fatal bout with Sudafed and the heart problems attached. Can't think of a recent better name for a punk band actually (and by punk, we're talking louder, faster, harder, not the new schmaltz). Two Madison, Wis. bands open; The New Recruits even have a theme song. 10 p.m. --CT

Chatham County Line, Tad Walters & Dave "Smokebreak" Andrews
Cat's Cradle

Chatham County Line has the instrumentation, sound and formal garb of a bluegrass band, and the four guys definitely look comfortable gathered around that one mic. But there's an intangible at work that makes their music appeal to those who aren't typically bluegrass fans. $8/9 p.m. --RC

Cigar Store Indians, Loch Ness Johnny
The Pour House

I have to dig out my pal Pete's old line, which played off the name of this big-energy, vintage-sounding Georgia foursome: "If these guys don't make you dance, then you, my friend, are made of wood." It still fits even though the band positions their sound as "more rock than billy" these days. $6/10 p.m. --RC

Backyard Babies
Local 506

They're The Hives of hard rock, a raucous guitar-slinging Swedish crew that combine the pop punch of Cheap Trick with the thundering crunch of Motorhead for a hot, sweaty sound that makes Velvet Revolver seem like The Darkness. Their new album, Tinnitus, compiles a decade of chugga-chugga siss-boom pop. $10/10 p.m. --CP

Saturday, July 9
Whild Peach
Lincoln Theatre

"Heeeyy Yaaaaaaaa ... Heeeyy Yaaaaaaaa." While the band performing tonight at the Lincoln may not have written the chorus, they supplied the hand-jive melodies that rocketed Outkast to the top of the food chain. Hitting the road with a brand of "slunky" music--an amalgamation of soul and funky--the band is out to prove they have the chops that made some of the biggest artists in the southern hip-hop scene famous. $7/9 p.m. --JR

Jett Rink, Shallow Be Thy Name
Wetlands

What have the Rink finks been up to? They haven't played in the area since February. Working up new songs and screwing them down into their sham-a-lama sound célebre, of course. SBTN's melodies linger, even after the hazy bliss of the moment has past. Clarque Blomquist shares duties in SBTN and the Kingsbury Manx, whose Bill Taylor opens this show with a solo set. Blomquist and JR's Viva deejay between sets. 10 p.m. --CT

Billy Jonas
Six String Cafe

Like fellow Parents Choice Award-winning artist Justin Roberts, Billy Jonas is a family-music artist by day (or early evening) and an adult/general-audience artist by night. But where Roberts leans on hooky pop melodies, Jonas' world is built with the percussive sounds of found-object instruments and audience participation--equal parts bang-along and sing-along. The family show starts at 6 p.m. The general-audience nightcap starts at 8:30 p.m. --RC

Tegan & Sara
Cat's Cradle

The gentle drift of the twin sisters' magnetic harmonies abet their bright folk melodies and contribute to their ebullient charm. They were punk in bands as teens and are more versatile than your standard folk act, as their third album, So Jealous, indicates. Its crisp textures, clean guitars and shiny synths reveil a decidedly new wave bent that's a nice addition to their repertoire. $12-14/8:15 p.m. --CP

Sunday, July 10
David Mead & Nathan Asher
The Pour House
Two brothers, one making ladies swoon in a '67 427/435 Corvette (top speed too high to know, grace too high to calculate) and the other tapping into a different set of friends in a '67 GMC pickup truck (top speed too low to admit, sheer power too great to deny). Graceful country pop comes from David Mead in his 'Vette, and Nathan Asher delivers impassioned Springsteen folk with the tailgate down. $5/8 p.m. --GC

Fantastic Four: Representing the Four Elements of Hip Hop
Hayti Heritage Center

By breaking down hip-hop culture into its essentials--DJing, b-boying/b-girling, MCing and graffiti art--St. Joseph's Historic Foundation and the Hayti look to educate as well as entertain, or as pioneer of culturally conscious music KRS One calls it, "edutainment." Hosted by Kat Summers of K97.5, poet Dasan Ahanu and DJ India of WXDU, with spins by DJ Skaz of the Butta Team. 6 p.m. --CT

Monday, July 11
Black Socks, Spader, Creeping Weeds
Kings

An eclectic bill, for sure: STRANGE's Vince Carmody taps into that paradoxical warm chill of introspective electronica for solo side-project Black Socks, bundling threads of loneliness--skittering laptopian beats, Casio-tone ease, unresolved organ lengths and the fuzz of internal intimacy. Spader's forthcoming album with Zeno Gill is in the can, so their three-piece, streamlined disco dance punk should be in fine form. 9 p.m. --GC

White Mice, The Coughs
Nightlight

Like Pete Shelley says, noise annoys, but doubtfully anyone's mom will be screaming along to White Mice and The Coughs. Providence's White Mice could've been lab subjects. Their wallop of oscillators, bass and drums seems like Godheadsilos' distant cousins. Chicago's six-piece Coughs stomp sheet metal until it reverberates to your core. Fractured meta-prog locals Cantwell Gomez & Jordan open. $5/9 p.m. --EW

Tuesday, July 12
Grayson Capps & The Stumpknockers
The Pour House

A Down South poet/slide guitarist/songwriter/troubleman who was conceived in a back seat in Alabama before being born into a post-hippy idealism 30 years before tasting the fringe accoutrements of fame in his first band, Stavin'Chain, I can relate to Grayson Capps, and it has little to do with names. It's because Capps writes about life--mine, yours and his--right down from the bust-ups and breakdowns high on to the dreams and drama intermissions. Free/8 p.m. --GC

Groovie Ghoulies, Teenage Harlets, Teenage Bottlerocket
Kings

The Teenage Kicks Summer Tour is at Kings with three stands of maximum rock 'n' roll for your tattooed, greased hair or gutter preferences. Consistently detonating neon-based punk is how Groovie Ghoulies roll, Sacramento style, since the mid-'90s. They are still the best of the post-Lookout camp. 10 p.m. --EW

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