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Wednesday, November 9
Red Belly Band
The Pour House

While this Atlanta-based quintet move in jam-band circles, they represent a much fuller sound than the narrow tact taken by many of their peers. Keyboardist John Watkins introduces a '60s garage flavor to the band's burnished blues-folk, which becomes the leaping off point for loose-limbed excursions that incorporate a broader array of influences than their Allman-worshipping brethren. While Red Belly Band definitely works with a rootsy jam sound, elements of pop, soul and British Invasion also percolate through their stuff. They recently went into the studio with producer David Barbe (Drive-By Truckers) to record their official full-length debut. $5/10 p.m. --CP

Slightly Stoopid
Lincoln Theatre

If there's a single overriding moment when it's apparent a band has jumped the shark, it's the release of their "unplugged album." (Back in the '70s it was the jazz-fusion album.) Slightly Stoopid take their Sublime-light punk rock back to the "roots" (read: Brad Nowell) on their latest, Acoustic Roots: Live & Direct. It's something like Rancid getting back to their roots by covering the Clash. $15-$18/9 p.m. --CP

Kapow! Music, Pawnshop Ruby
Wetlands

The latest in Bu Hanan Records' stable of fine singer/songwriters, Texan John Ribo (aka Kapow! Music) plays soft, lilting acoustic pop, with a creaky country echo and the soft wash of electronics, recalling a heavily sedated Mark Linkous. Pawnshop Ruby's visceral, female-fronted country-blues also features Fake Swedish guitarist Joe Romeo. $6/10 p.m. --CP

Thursday, November 10
Jucifer
Kings

This Athens duo long predates that color-coded Detroit pair and reverses the quotient, with singer/guitarist Amber Valentine dropping bluesy guitar power bombs to hubby Ed Livengood's steady time. Like the Melvins if they were caught in a bear trap and began gnawing through their legs to escape, it's an intense bloody mess but oddly compelling to witness. 10 p.m. --CP

Friday, November 11
Sam Bush
Lincoln Theatre

Kentucky-born mandolin prodigy and bluegrass picker to Telluride-owning whatever-I-want-it-to-be-grass icon: That's the path Sam Bush has traveled. And his recordings, which can range from trad to super-charged--or, if you prefer, from Grandpa Jones to Little Feat--in the course of a couple tracks, reflect all that he's absorbed along the way. Look up "crowd-pleaser" in your musical dictionary, and you'll likely find Bush's smiling face. $18-$22 /9:45 p.m. --RC

Dynamite Brothers, Killer Filler The Weisstronauts
Local 506

If anyone performs at the December Minutemen tribute, the Dynamite Brothers better be there, because no one in town's better suited. Their hot-blooded blend of blues-funk/garage-punk has the same kinetic energy and ribald chaos that fueled D. Boon & Co. Boston-based Weisstronauts, toruing their latest release Featuring "Perky", have a bubbling back-home instrumental ken. With former SCOTS keyboardist Chris Bess' Killer Filler opening this show is an instrumental smorgasbord. $6/10 p.m. --CP

Puritan Rodeo
Tir Na Nog

No complaints with its trademark musical fare (heavy on bluegrass and, of course, Irish music), but Tir Na Nog has moved toward widening the scope. Case in point is this Friday night show that finds Chapel Hill's Puritan Rodeo bringing their alt-country/alt-rock mix to Raleigh. Local legend Skeeter Brandon follows on Saturday, with shows from Spottiswoode & His Enemies (imagine Nick Cave lightening up a bit) and ace poppers Sun Domingo not far down the road. All the shows mentioned start at 10:30. --RC

Indian Jewelry
Nightlight

Los Angeles combo Indian Jewelry dig its heals into the same blood-soaked, late-'70s troughs Suicide and Theoretical Girls slogged through. Erika Thrasher's repetitive electronic surges and the shock 'n' awe guitar pulse of Tex Kerschen cast multiplex hallucinogenic layers. Buyoed by three hunched hoods banging on percussion/trashed metals, the sound/vision can be creepy as all get-out. Boyszone and Woody Allen & The Ocean View Marching Band open the night. $3/10 p.m. --EW

Patty Hurst Shifter, Leslie, Schooner
Kings

PHS might complain about the country part of their country-rock appellation, but it's hard to avoid with the twang inhabiting Chris Smith's vocals on songs such as "Never Know" off their long-awaited second album, Too Crowded on the Losing End. They definitely lean harder on the rock side of the equation, following the dirt road track traced by the Drive-By Truckers. Charming indie-poppers Schooner combine Beach Boys-ish melodic warmth with gentle keyboard drone and plenty of guitar jangle. 10 p.m. --CP

Sunday, November 13
Big Bear
Wetlands

If Television's Tom Verlaine had joined Metallica after Dave Mustaine was kicked out, Master of Puppets would probably have sounded a lot like Big Bear's self-titled debut. This Boston five-piece is heavy, screamy and mathy, but what sets them apart from the glut of similar bands is the intricacy and just plain taste contained in those chunky, dissonant riffs. And they're also not easy to stomach at first, which means those with a short attention span or a penchant for sonically pleasant harmonic resolutions may have a hard time grasping what's going on during the opening track's (all songs are untitled) lengthy, serpentine progression. It's worth exploring, though, especially live, where volume transforms such aural experiences into physical ones. --FC

Jeff Black, Sally Spring
The Pour House

Half piano balladeer and half roots rocker, Nashville-based Jeff Black has one of those Voices, rich and often riveting, that demands a capital V. And with his songs having been covered by Waylon Jennings and Sam Bush, he's also no slouch in the writing department. Veteran folk-rocker Sally Spring's upcoming Mockingbird surrounds her with the likes of Gene Parsons and Marshall Crenshaw as well as local luminaries Tift Merritt and Caitlin Cary. But her stunning voice and captivating songwriting make her the heartbeat that keeps the whole enterprise pumping. $10/7 p.m. --RC

Broadcast, Gravenhurst
Cat's Cradle

If Broadcast's playful 2003 album Haha Sound was obsessed with juxtaposition and the magic that could happen in soaking good songs with better bells, whistles and contortions and its predecessor, 2001's The Noise Made by People, was devoted to texture and the meaning that could emerge from submerging good songs in better atmospheres, then this year's Tender Button is all that the English duo couldn't leave behind. Broadcast, now James Cargill and Trish Keenan, ease the accoutrements and make it simpler, which is to say not simple at all. $12/9:30 p.m. --GC

Monday, November 14
1986, Gold Teeth, Teen Wheat
Kings

Roky Erickson recently named 1986 one of his favorite Austin bands without mentioning aliens. Makes sense, as they write irresistible pop songs sounding something like the will-never-happen collaboration between J. Mascis and Doug Martsch. Raleigh's Gold Teeth take their melodic edges, add slinking basslines, hazy and swirling Walkmen guitars and crank the volume. 10 p.m. --GC

Tuesday, November 15
Blackalicious, Zion I
Cat's Cradle

Blackalicious' Blazing Arrow stands as a rarity in any genre: an LP by a group that preserves a signature sound while offering up a plethora of guest appearances--ranging from Ben Harper and Gil Scott-Heron to Cut Chemist and ?uestlove--on something that actually fits as an album, largely due to Chief Xcel's careful arrangements. This year's The Craft is considerably less remarkable, but when it comes to polysyllabic gymnastics, breath control and a lexicon of the learned, very few do it better than Blackalicious' bellwether, The Gift of Gab. $15-17/9:30 p.m. --GC

Okkervil River, Man Man, Charles Bissel
Local 506

Will Sheff has emerged as one of the best songwriters in America. (Conor, eat your heart out.) The last two Okkervil River albums have been stunning in their brilliance, with Sheff taming his high-wire voice and the band finding its stride at the same time. Careening, wrenching pop with a rustic flair, Black Sheep Boy is one of the year's 10 best albums. Charles Bissel is the lead singer of the Wrens, who released their masterpiece The Meadowlands in 2003. $6/9 p.m. --CP

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