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Music worth leaving the house to hear this week

Thursday, August 18
The Cave

As local ubergroups go, few, if any, pack more talent than Stillhouse. If you're not familiar with the name, it's probably because appearances are rare: Dave Wilson stays busy fronting Chatham County Line, Greg Readling is busy keeping those boys in time on the road, Zeke Hutchins constantly backs Tift Merritt, and Johnny Irion likes traveling with Sara Lee Guthrie. Half a decade into it, their debut--unequal parts Beatles, Band and Buffalo Springfield--is finally done, and it was worth the wait. --GC

Friday, August 19
Greg Trooper, Louise Mosrie
Six String Café

Greg Trooper's latest, Make it Through This World, marks his second for Sugar Hill and his most warily cheerful to date. Trooper's songwriting is sublime and deceivingly simple, telling third- and first-person narratives with an ease and charm that evokes sympathy for the brokenhearted, empathy with those in love and antipathy for those that knock us vulnerable masses from the former to the latter. If you can't identify with Trooper's songs, you've got some lovin' to do. $7/8 p.m. --GC

Get Him Eat Him, Opening Flower Happy Bird, the PussyWhisperers

Straight outta Brown U. (not RISD), GHEH are poised with cracking pop jangle suited for radio and an O.C. appearance that reminds of the hopped up mid-'90s UK charge, like Supergrass. Snort too much nutmeg and Opening Flower Happy Bird seems a sweet first utterance. The Pussywhisperers? No idea, but their moniker saunters the razor wire, natch, as deviously great or a very poor choice. Find out for yourself. $5/10 p.m. --EW

500 Miles to Memphis

The five Cincinnati boys in 500 Miles to Memphis may have picked the wrong nomenclature: Sure, the measurements are correct and apropos, but the band's sound isn't a straight line to the Tennessee cradle of music. There are layovers in NYC's punk lairs, Chicago's busted blues clubs, LA's Skid Row booze excess and down in Florida, where rock gets rabid and swampy. An exercise in American Eclectic--gritty, dirty and damn good. Free/7 p.m. --GC

Regina Hexaphone, Len's Lounge
The Cave

This is a smart pairing of two hybrid outfits. Locals Regina Hexaphone give you a little folk, a little county, a little pop and a whole lot of lovely. Down from Cincinnati, Len's Lounge packs a two parts country/two parts folk/one part rock sound, overseen by the professorial-voiced Jeff Roberson and decorated by Annie Winslow's harmonies and Annette Ellis' violin. 10 p.m. --RC

Kenny Roby's Mercy Filter
Local 506

Kenny Roby bunkered down in Charlotte last year to record with unfamiliar faces, listening to a lot of R&B and fresh off a fascination with samples and indie writers Beck and Ron Sexsmith. As such, this band and the record they've made is Roby's most encompassing yet: A bustling brass-band vibe (sans horns) populates some parts, but it's always paired with his homegrown rock proclivities and songwriter's knack at all the right times. $6/10 p.m. --GC

Saturday, August 20
Rainer Maria, Bellafea, Fin Fang foom, The Prayers and Tears of Arthur Digby Sellers, Hail Social
Cat's Cradle

Perry Wright, frontman and poet behind The Prayers and Tears of Arthur Digby Sellers, likes to pontificate: "I have this theory that Asheville will one day touch Charlotte," he says on Franklin Street in a conversation about urban sprawl and his support of the Piedmont Wildlife Center. Speaking of sprawling, this benefit bill is just that: new songs from Rainer Maria's forthcoming album, new songs from Bellafea's in-the-works LP, the good-to-be-back Fin Fang Foom and perfect songs from The Prayers and Tears' exquisite debut. $10/8 p.m. --GC

Skeeter Brandon, Jon Shain
Latta House

In his over 40 years of music making, Skeeter Brandon has mastered hundreds of songs and slipped in and out of about every style you could imagine, from blues, funk and rock to gospel, R&B and soul. His take on the Southern soul monument "When a Man Loves a Woman" is, sure enough, monumental. Jon Shain, who's shared stages with Big Boy Henry and Flute Boy Ian Anderson, splits the bill. $5, children under 12 free/6 p.m. --RC

Saxapahaw Rivermill

For a band featuring no siblings, Hooverville started out rather brotherly sounding, with echoes of the Louvins, the Stanleys and the Everlys in their mountain music. However, with the addition of one of those new-fangled drummer guys, there's now more of a roots-rock lean. And on Saturday, they'll become the latest act to inspire the musical question: Why do things sound better when presented next to a body of water? 6 p.m. --RC

Bastard Sons of Johnny cash, Southern Bitch

Johnny Cash was gracious in allowing the use of the name (allegedly against the wishes of his management), and the San Diego quartet shows reverence to the man's indominatable spirit with a hard-hewn mix of outlaw honky-tonk and country twang. Athens' Southern Bitch tread similar territory on their first album but have since turned up the rawk, bringing to bear a grittier guitar presence that feels as indebted to the Stooges as Lynyrd Skynyrd. $10/9 p.m. --CP

Tuesday, August 23
Of Montreal
Cat's Cradle

Despite the departure of Kevin Barnes' band after 2002's Aldhils Arboretum and the liquidation of its label, Kindercore, the Of Montreal frontman turned around and released his best album to date last year, Satanic Panic in the Attic. Where prior albums relied heavily on plush '60s-worshipping chamber-pop psychedelica, Satanic Panic and his latest, The Sundlandic Twins, push in new directions, adding some post-disco electro-flourishes and producing tighter, punchier arrangements, where before he had lingered in the sun-dappled dewy dawn. $10/9:30 p.m. --CP

The Teeth, the Young Idea

Organically cultivated in Philadelphia, The Teeth have created a salivation trail from local press solely on two self-released EPs and a run of local shows during the past few years. Vocalist Peter MoDavis manages to veer from baskets o' clichés while the band shifts between groove pop dug from late-'70s LPs of The Attractions or Boomtown Rats. Carrboro trio Young Idea cut maximalist punk snarl with righteous minimalist tact (especially in the Viv Albertine-ish guitar solos) that would definitely sound fab on a 45 platter. $5/10 p.m. --EW

Troika Music Festival with Jett Rink, Eyes to Space, Fashion Design, Veronique Diabolique, Feeding the Fire

Troika kicks out the jams for Night One, bringing the party boys of Jett Rink back to the Wetlands stage for the synth-guitar sweatitude they howl. Eyes to Space saddles goof to guile, sporting homemade keytars and nervous dancing with an innocent wit. Get goth and burlesque with Veronique Diabolique, but it's best to be ready to rock with Feeding the Fire. Fashion Design comes delightfully retrofitted. More happens Tuesday at Joe & Jo's. --GC

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