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Founding Blue Oyster Cult drummer Albert Bouchard brings his current band The Brain Surgeons (pictured) to Kings Barcade in Raleigh on July 5. Bouchard, responsible for co-writing many of BOC's much-loved songs ("Dominance and Submission," "Cities On Flame," "This Ain't the Summer of Love," and "Astronomy"--the latter covered by Metallica on their recent Garage Days Inc. album), is joined in the Brain Surgeons by his wife, lead vocalist Deborah Frost. Frost, a well-known rock critic (she wrote for Creem, Rolling Stone and The Village Voice), was also the drummer for Flaming Youth, a mid-'70s New York band that so impressed Kiss bassist Gene Simmons that he immortalized them in "Flaming Youth," a song on his group's Destroyer album. Look for the Brain Surgeons to perform songs from their new double album Piece Of Work, as well as dust off a couple chestnuts from the BOC songbook. Call Kings at 831-1005 for more details. --Jon Wurster

DiamondDiamondDiamondIt's Dillon Fence reunion time! Featuring the classic line-up from their Mammoth Records days, the Fence are playing all their best-known tunes ("Francis," "I've Got Something for You") and throwing in a few surprises (AC/DC, anyone?). Singer-songwriter Greg Humphreys is doing double duty on this summer Southeastern tour by co-headlining with his North Carolina coastal-soul, R&B band Hobex. Catch the double-bill at the Cat's Cradle this Friday, June 7. Call 967-9053 for details. They'll also be playing Thursday, June 12, at Raleigh's Lincoln Theatre. Call 821-4111 for details. --Angie Carlson

DiamondDiamondDiamondTalk about the Passion. Chronic Night: Commemorating 20 Years of R.E.M. is a musical tribute to our Athens musical brothers who got indie rock rolling back in the dawn of the '80s. Most of the nightclub old-timers in these parts can reminisce at length about early life-changing R.E.M. experiences, like hearing "Radio Free Europe" or Murmur and feeling like nothing, musically, would ever be the same. And it wasn't. It's in just such a spirit that Sorry About Dresden, The Ghost of Rock, The Mayflies USA, Shalini (who at last notice had early-R.E.M. producer Mitch Easter in the lineup) and others gather for an evening of nostalgia and R.E.M. covers, not to mention running into people you haven't seen for years. Head down early to the Cat's Cradle this Saturday, July 8. Call 967-9053 for details. --Angie Carlson

DiamondDiamondDiamondYow!! It's stylin' New Orleans organ maestro Quintron and his musical sidekick, that delectable minx, Miss Pussycat. One-man band Quintron, besides wearing only the snazziest of duds, is accompanied by his own rather humble yet awe-inspiring invention--the Drum Buddy (some say it looks like a rotating coffee can with lights, but it's actually a drum machine/synth/disco-light machine hybrid). Live, Quintron's B-movie pyrotechnics, throbbing Hammond organ and "Quintraptions" make for a show like no other. Miss Pussycat usually accompanies with a puppet show, but her talents are limitless. Catch the duo this Sunday, July 8, at Go! Room 4 in Carrboro. Call 969-1400 for details. --Angie Carlson

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