First we had Dinosaur, then Dinosaur Jr., then "J Mascis, musician/golfer," and now J Mascis and the Fog. Why Mascis (pictured) named his new project after the slime-drippin' mariners from John Carpenter's cult screamer is a mystery. But his new album, More Light, takes the indie guitar hero out of the where-are-they-now file by featuring his freshest batch of songs in years. Local Raleigh buzz band Brown (featuring John Custer and COC's Reed Mullin) opens. Catch them Oct. 25 at the Cat's Cradle (967-9053).
The ArtsCenter in Carrboro presents at 8 p.m. Friday three area singer-songwriters who draw upon foundations in Southern roots traditions to create original Americana music. Jon Shain established himself with the Flyin' Mice and Wake, before going solo with the release of Brand New Lifetime last year. Wiffer Creek offers the exquisite improvisational chemistry of musical soul mates Charles Pettee on mandolin and guitarist Doug Bremseth, originally teamed when Bremseth was a member of The Shady Grove Band. Admission is $8 for the general public and $6 for ArtsCenter friends. For information, call 929-2787. --Art Menius
The Ghost of Rock, or The Ghost of the British Soldier who Loved to Rock (the name is inspired by ghostly and inexplicable sonic emanations out at the band's practice digs), debut Oct. 28 at Local 506 (942-5506). Reuniting ex-Pipe heavyweights Ron Liberti (Clok Lok) and Clifton Mann (Bad Checks, Adult Film Stars) with Rock Forbes on tubs, TGOR should be the perfect appetizer for the band formerly known as Goatthrower, now Goatthrowur ("u" being the most evil and metal of all vowels). If you have not yet witnessed Goatthrowur, they're the only local band I can think of who'd fit right in the pages of Kerrrang.
Check out the ArtsCenter Oct. 28 for a combined show by eclectic post-classical seven-piece the Rachel's and Matmos, a two-man electronic experimental project consisting of slumming-it doctoral student Drew Daniel and former performance-art-space curator Martin Schmidt. For an idea of what to expect, check out the new Rachel's/Matmos Quarterstick disc Full on Night, wherein Matmos slice, dice, enhance and reassemble the Rachel's previously released track "Full on Night," as well construct a new "virtual band" composition using the same master along with samples, additional recordings, live performance bits and radical edits. The result is the jarring work: "The Precise Temperature of Darkness." Film and video projections will accompany the performances. --Angie Carlson