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Music worth leaving the house to hear this week


Wednesday, August 24
The Quarantines, Monsonia, The Narrator
Local 506

Three flavors of tart rhythmic rock here: The Q's quirky jerk; bass-thud heavy aggro directed at jerks by Monsonia; and The Narrators' mathematical jerk for young Turks. 10 p.m. --CT

Thursday, August 25
Vendetta Red
Cat's Cradle

Though they came together in Seattle in the mid-'90s, Vendetta Red was never into grunge. Singer Zach Davidson and his band grew up on hardcore, and though they're definitely of the emo ilk, they identify more with the epic quality of Sunny Day Real Estate. Their new album, Sisters of the Red Death, is a breakthrough comparable to Jimmy Eat World's Bleed American, the crisp arrangements creating a sonic ebb and flow that's more post-punk than post-core. $8-10/7 p.m. --CP

Taz Halloween, Robert Griffin
Blue Bayou Club

Ingredients for the promise of a fun, anything-goes night? The torchy, smoky, bluesy, jazzy, you-name-it vocals of Taz Halloween, the equally eclectic piano stylings of Robert Griffin, and the fantastic elastic rhythm section of Stu Cole and Nate Stalfa. And get this--there's no cover charge. Promise kept. 8:30 p.m. --RC

Friday, August 26
Two Dollar Pistols, Randy Whitt & the Grits
The Pour House
Ten years ago, when he first stepped out from behind the drum kit with country music in his heart, head Pistol John Howie was armed with a couple of his own compositions and a whole bunch of tunes from the songbooks of Harlan Howard, Roger Miller and the like. These days, he's got originals aplenty, ranging from Orbison-ish pop and country soul to the most hardcore of honky-tonk. Chapel Hill-based Americana singer/songwriter/bandleader Randy Whitt and his crew open. $6/10 p.m. --RC

Gabe Dixon Band, the Choosy Beggars, Jule Brown
Cat's Cradle

How could I have been so far out of the loop to never have heard of Gabe Dixon? The Nashville native played keyboards on Paul McCartney's Driving Rain and joined the knighted one for the "Concert for New York," for crying out loud. The Choosy Beggars channel the early Stones (back when Mick and company were channeling Sam Cooke), while Jule Brown channels something backwoodsy and thumping. $7/8:30 p.m. --RC

Kyler England, Adrienne
Six String Cafe

If for no other reason than giving Malcolm Holcombe a regular stop in the Triangle, Six String owner David Sardinha deserves our thanks. It goes well beyond that though. Sardinha routinely brought such should-be-bigs as Rod Picott, Greg Trooper and Tommy Womack to town, and above all else, he created a genuine listening room. Six String favorite Kyler England gets the honor of playing the venue's farewell show. $7/8 p.m. --RC

Saturday, August 27
Naughty by Nature
Moore Square Park

Given that The Ying-Yang Twins' "Wait (The Whisper Song)" is at once the best and most vile thing to bump commercial hip-hop radio this year, Naughty by Nature's anagrammed adultery sported in 1991's "O.P.P." seems more like crafty sexual innuendo these days. But, 13 years ago, NBN was making music honest by pushing coital games into a daring talking point, and they're still doing it. Are you down? Seven Mary Three, persistence bless 'em, is still trying to outweigh "Cumbersome," and Squeezetoy and Plan B open. Free/3 p.m. --GC

Sunday, August 28
Pernice Brothers, local 506 Call it the Travesty of the Commons, the almost institutional way that great art is outmaneuvered by great wallets in the service of pop culture. Joe Pernice has penned some of the best pop of the last decade, recalling classic '60s artists as The Zombies, Love and Lee Hazlewood. His rich, lingering chamber pop portraits turn on smart lyrical sentiments and insights ("contemplating suicide or a graduate degree") that ring bittersweet. $10/9 p.m. --CP

Wednesday, August 31
The Dumbwaiters, Pleasant, Tommy Gun
Local 506

The Tampa outfit Dumbwaiters have been slogging through the Florida landscape for many years, releasing scant missives of heady dissonance, swirling drone rock and melodic noisy pop. Here's a welcome visit to the Triangle from a band that started tweaking the guitar rock when the Flaming Lips were still playing in bars, not in commercials. 10 p.m. --CT

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