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Wednesday, December 14
Cat's Cradle

Although it was no JFK assassination, I still remember where I was the first time I heard Cracker's "Teen Angst" on the radio (for the pathologically curious: I was driving around Atlanta with a friend I've known since kindergarten). Camper Van Beethoven without the quirk and with pop/rock hooks--sign me up, I remember thinking. In the 13 years since, the David Lowery-led outfit has, among other phases, gone country and gone concept, but the results are always interesting. And there's no reason to think this acoustic outing will be any different. Eric Hutchinson opens. $15/9 p.m. --RC

Thursday, December 15
Third Thursdays Hip-Hop Night hosted by Kaze
Local 506

Your host MC Kaze's been buzzing around, doing some regional gigs and recently performed with local producer DJ Forge in Los Angeles for the Musician's Institute conference. He's still holding down what's billed as "North Carolina's Official Hip-Hop Night," presented by his label Soul Dojo and Vintage Music. Always bringing fresh rappers, always hard-hitting beats. $10/10 p.m. --CT

Snatches of Pink, Jule Brown
The Cave

Chapel Hill's Snatches of Pink paint Technicolor portraits of blind excess and dusty whisky-swilling. Drunken, loud-mouthed and tactfully eyeline'd, they've been riffing on big ol' cocky railroad-rock numbers since way before cool kids talked up garage-rawk revivals. Fellow locals and fillers of the late slot Jule Brown aren't about excess, but about the opposite: restraint. Like the Snatches, they've been around since forever, as frontman Mark Holland was doing the Brown hustle on the side when Jennyanykind was his main squeeze way back last millennium. He's keen on folksy calling cards lapping up against free-wheeling gospel and faint psychedelia: Basically it's some dandily droney --RM

Hot Tuna
Cat's Cradle

When Hot Tuna came to the Lincoln Theatre in July, it felt like an historic event, like catching the Grateful Dead or the Beatles or the Ramones at one of their last concerts (at least before the principals were gone). Early in the first set, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Cassidy (with Barry Mitterhoff on mandolin) did a transforming version of Jimmie Rodgers' "Waiting for a Train," and my friend Peter said, "This is unbelievable." You can have that experience again Thursday night at the Cat's Cradle--and then some. In addition to hearing their incredible acoustic blues, the former Jefferson Airplane mainstays are doing an electric set that will undoubtedly bring to life San Francisco in the 1960s with tunes like "Hit Single #1" and "Serpent of Dreams." That's the kind of history we need to be making more of these days. $22-25/8 p.m. --RH

Friday, December 16
Terry Anderson & The Olympic Ass Kickin' Team, Shalini, Kick the Future
Cat's Cradle

As a songwriter, former Fabulous Knob Terry Anderson writes about (sadly) broken hearts and (intentionally) broken beer bottles, bashed on a bar top somewhere in done-boiled-over anger. It's not all piss and vinegar, though: Through a thick Stax lens, a big Badfinger point and the smart-ass smirk of a Small Face, Anderson admits that all love isn't necessarily doom, and that-- even if it is--it sure is fun. Shalini--Mitch Easter and his musical/life partner Shalini Chatterjee--open, along with Robert Kirkland's Kick the Future. $8-10/9 p.m. --GC

Saturday, December 17
Dom Casual
The Cave

Like an oldies station from another space/time, Dom Casual plays hits from the '50s, '60s and '70s that you've never heard (because they weren't written then or there). Their twangy blend of surf, rockabilly and '50s rock 'n' roll mainlines a little modern sensibility and puts a swing to it for a foot-tapping, hip-swiveling old school bounce. $6/10:30 p.m. --CP

The Old Ceremony, SNMNMNM

"They" talk about music having atmosphere, about the feel of the songs. Django Haskins and cohorts assemble a time-traveling sound, where lyrics about kudzu and Normandy pop out of a piano and drum shuffle, or violins and vibes creep through a ballad. The SNMs have tubas and trombones to whoomph out their pop. $6/10 p.m. --CT

The Physics of Meaning, Aimee Argote, Pattern is Movement, Robosapien

The Physics of Meaning is Daniel Hart's big new bag, a decoupage of strings, electronics, guitars, percussion and background vocals that casts geocentric ruminations--about characters and caricatures looking for hope even after coming up short hitherto--on colossal cascades of orchestration. Pattern is Movement is Hart's favorite band from Philly, and they open. Also on this quad spectacle: Aimee Argote of Des Ark still singing solo and the death-disco-dancing of Robosapien, abiding by the motto of "For Christ's sake, the only reason we make music at all is to get laid." $5/10 p.m. --GC

Tuesday, December 20

Minimalism gone John Waters camp? Meet Princess, the N.Y. clangy rappers who flirt with their dark side, melding some guitar noise with their keyboards and beats. Often performing in drag, they take it over-the-top in a taut and tawdry manner. 10 p.m. --CT

Wednesday, December 21
Evil Weiner X-mas
The Cave

A heralding star ignored by the three wise men, but which has been misguiding local holiday music fans for longer than Dubya, Evil Weiner is a goofy, irreverent fountain of songs. (If you have any doubts, check out his song-a-day podcast at A groundhog of holiday cheer, he comes out, sees his shadow and dances with it, inviting us all to join him, which, when you suspend disbelief, proves a rollicking good time. --CP

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