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Remember one thing: These aren't your customary coffee shop or art house gigs. nola--an emerging Raleigh favorite after several strong Sadlack's outings--crosses into country territory with the sweetly pained voice of Christy Smith and the able playing of a band that includes David Landau, Mickey D'Loughy (Utah!) and Jason King (Between the Buried and Me). Recent Wisconsin transplants De Yarmond Edison opens for nola at Bickett Gallery on Friday, Oct. 21. At Bickett on Saturday are Summer Hymns, a magnificently pastoral pop band signed to Misra, up from Athens and now featuring ex-Whiskeytown/Pine State member, Chris Riser. Summer Hymns also plays Friday at Duke Coffeehouse. One of the season's best shows comes Tuesday night to the Coffeehouse with the mighty pairing of Jackie-O Motherfucker (unfailingly eclectic, brilliant, abrasive space launches) and Wooden Wand & The Vanishing Voice (sprawling acousti-noise psychedelic expanses), plus local openers Boner Machine and Dead Elephant Bicycle. Earplugs and imaginations suggested.

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