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Music worth leaving the house to hear this week


Friday, September 9
3 Doors Down, Staind
Alltel Pavilion

Anyone else noticed how much 3 Doors Down's latest single, "Let Me Go," sounds like "Breakfast at Tiffany's"? That such tepid fare is paired with the one-time nu metal heroes says more about the dilapidated state of modern rock than I could. Of course, Staind long ago gave up the metal ghost in favor of ballads--a better showcase for singer Aaron Lewis' mental anguish. You know, it's always raining in his head. Four platinum albums and he's still not happy? Dude, you got a problem, and you can afford to get some help. $21-56/6:30 p.m. --CP

Saturday, September 10
Little Country Giants
The Cave

It's a toss-up, really, which voice hits the spot more: upright bassist Cameron Lee Cook's lonesome croon or guitar- and mandolin-playing partner Russell Cook's new-best-friend drawl. And when the two come together, you just might melt like butter on sweet corn straight from the pot. Expect songs of love and heartbreak and, when things go real bad, murder. 7:30 p.m. --RC

Sunday, September 11
The Reputation, The Octopus Project, The Life & Times
Local 506

Oh wow, this will be fun: Lookout! Records' The Reputation has earned quite a good one, creating midlevel punk-throb power pop led by Elizabeth Elmore, erstwhile Sarge front. Avril can wish. Austin's The Octopus Project is a brazen four-piece, plowing with drums, bass, keys, samples, guitars and a finessed theremin through a wonderland dreamscape of narrow escapes and low-end sonic quakes, IDM and post-rock meeting somewhere up above low-hanging indie instrumental clouds. The Life & Times open. $7/10 p.m. --GC

Monday, September 12
Barbez, Jaguaro, Killer Filler, DJ Turbanator

Several were swept away by Devotchka's opening set for M. Ward in Chapel Hill earlier this year: They need to see Barbez, a New York seven-piece making a klezmatic/gypsy/Eastern European hybrid, delivered in the full-throated theatrics of Ksenia Vidyaykina and backed by Pamelia Kurstin, one of the world's most accomplished theremin players. Killer Filler is Crispy Bess' new bag, and Jaguaro may look like The White Stripes, but they sound, well, like flesh-mangling, cymbal-separating animals. $5/9 p.m. --GC

Tuesday, September 13
Jett Rink, Ben Davis
The Library
Durham's daring hedonists Jett Rink keep rearing their head like reptilian party crashers darting from room to room looking for the best jams. Continuously inciting people to shake or break requires hard-headed and superhuman abilities. Ben Davis's multi-hued oeuvre subtly spans melancholic to hooky rock. $5/10 p.m. --CT

Two Cow Garage
The Cave

So here's the elevator pitch for Two Cow Garage: They're cut from the same beer, sweat and volume cloth as fellow raw-voiced road warriors the Drive-By Truckers and the late Slobberbone. They follow in the workbootprints of earlier, equally spirited Columbus, Ohio, roots-ish rock bands the Lilybandits, Big Back Forty and the Haynes Boys. They love them some Grand Champeen. And, in turn, my friend Mike of GC can be found champeening Two Cow Garage on their own Web site. 10 p.m. --RC

Will Hoge, Missy Higgins
Local 506

I admit that I was eavesdropping. After a house concert by her now much-missed Blue Mountain, Laurie Stirrat was overheard singing the praises of a guy named Will Hoge. I made a point of catching up with Hoge and his mix of singer/songwriter finesse and rock 'n' roll fury, and I've been paying attention ever since. Missy Higgins, a rising star in her native Australia, opens. $8-$10/9:15 p.m. --RC

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