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Music worth leaving the house to hear this week

Thursday, October 6
Calla, Celebration, Hotel Lights

A Brooklyn band by way of Denton, Texas, Calla could have spent a career making albums much like 2003's Televise and been just fine, with slow-burn scorchers like "Strangler" stained in blood-red despondency. But instead they simply used the same arsenal--ricocheting guitars, lock-and-key bass and drums, and Aurelio Valle's pensive, way-low voice--to turn dirges into scabrous rock that's a bit like Coldplay for the not so faint of heart. Celebration--a new 4AD signee that has lots of folks excited--opens. $8/10 p.m. --GC

Friday, October 7
Heavy Metal Karaoke Ball
305 South Well

You heard it right. Sing along with your favorite metal numbers for a great cause, LadyFest NC. What particular stripe of metal being proffered is uncertain, but one thing is definite. Ironic outfits, a la mullets and spandex, are welcome; there will be a live band and burlesque also. $6.66/8 p.m. --CT

Destructionnaire, Aircraft

It's a new music night for Kings, featuring the debut of one band and the third set by another. Destructionnaire, the project of former Utah! citizens Eddie Pellino (guitar, voice) and Mickey D'Loughy (drums) and former Apple Juice co-Orchestrator Jon Yu, comes out, with Aircraft--Ryan Pound, Charles Story, Eric Sugg and Dave Hogan--in the middle slot. Goldteeth opens. --GC

Oliver Rajamani, Jaafar

Oliver Rajamani was born in India, but bases himself in Austin, Texas, working with traditional Indian music and other styles. After training with masters in India, he incorporated the old into a hybrid of tabla, the drum mirdangam, and vocals in the ancient language of Tamil. He redefines the term "gypsy music" by plucking from the folk style of the Roma Gypsies of South India. Durham's own Jaafar also had a pilgrimage, playing and recording their new forthcoming album in Cairo. Jafaar's sound melds a modern sensibility with a fusion of Arabic structures, using oud, saxophone, drums and bass. Note: Jafaar means forgiveness in Arabic. $16/8 p.m. --CT

Saturday, October 8
Grand Buffet, Kerbloki, Dear and Glorious Physician

Pittsburgh's way-left-field hip-hop duo Grand Buffet makes faux dance club jams ("This one is for the clubs, we wanna turn you up / Put on your dancing shoes Let us reprogram you"), sarcastic Republican theme songs ("There are plenty of races on God's green planet / But that doesn't mean you have to breed with them, Goddamnit") and digs on the church ("The nunnery is harnessing sexual frustration converting it into fuel, powering the congregation"). K-E-R-B-L-O-K-I--"You've got Kerbloki!"--opens. --GC

RISE 2005: Rock For Fenix
Berkeley Cafe

Goth-punk bands get together here to benefit a friend in need, Fenix Anthony, guitarist for Raleigh group Freak Machine. Appearing are Jonin, Mr. Blackwell, Non-Theory, Rusty Trick, Sumosha, Untold and Widow. All ages show. Call for start times and cover: 821-0777. --CT

Kevin Gordon
Afternoon Nap House Concert in Chapel Hill

Even though he's been on the scene for going on 20 years, Louisiana native Kevin Gordon still seems like an emerging artist, suggesting that his career will have the same slow-burn quality as some of his songs. He excels at working the swampy, bluesy edges of roots rock (as demonstrated on his new O Come Look at the Burning), and even if it's a cool October night, he and his band will make Tim Kimrey's living room feel a might humid. See for details. $12/8 p.m. --RC

The Rocket Summer
The Brewery

Bryce Avary's recorded two albums as The Rocket Summer entirely himself, no mean feat; what's more impressive is how good they are. Avary's irrepressible energy powers these earnest pop-rock numbers. The lovelorn and lonely sentiments are overweening enough to be emo, but Avary balances it with bouncy, hook-stuffed arrangements that feel like Promise Ring meets Nerf Herder. --CP

Sunday, October 9
Kings of Leon, The Like
Cat's Cradle

If you are a Southern male who likes Southern male non-country music but doesn't mind a little Hank, Merle and Cash now and then, rest assured that Kings of Leon--Mississippi's three Followill brothers and their cousin--ripped off most of your favorite bands on their way to a major label deal. Rest assured of this, too: They sound fucking fantastic doing it. A boring debut LP followed a dashing EP, but their latest, Aha Shake Heartbreak, is stupendous, showcasing a band that's not afraid to have fun and take writing risks. Down-loadable proof: "Day Old Blues." $20/8:45 p.m. --GC

Orange County Social Club's Annual Customer Appreciation Party
OCSC's role as a gathering place for locals to imbibe, mingle and converse on all subjects, from aldermen to, has become cemented over the bar's four years in Carrboro, the way the state's red clay mixes with the surrounding rock. For this year's annual back lot party, they've recruited indigenous bands of all stripes: the Moaners' bluesy growl, Dex and his new outfit, the New Romans and hip-hoppers Kerbloki. Fake Swedish kicks it off at 5:30 p.m. The free BBQ Joint pig gets carved at 4:30. Info on New Orleans Relief for Musicians and Artists will also be available. --CT

Tuesday, October 11
The Unseen
Cat's Cradle

Boston's Unseen exemplifies old-school hardcore, from its shout-along English Oi! roots to America's machine-gun tempos, extending the legacy of classic Beantown forefathers Gang Green and Slapshot. The jackhammer rhythms and chugga-chugga Black Flag-inspired riffs walk the line between familiar and classic, but are delivered with such passion and proficiency that it's hard not to get swept up in the pissed-off social critiques such as "Weapons of Mass Deception," "Protect & Serve" and "Greed is a Disease." Curmudgeonly misanthropy? Perhaps, but it beats ironic detachment. $10/7:30 p.m. --CP

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