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Triple Fret is a five-piece unit old enough to know better but still chasing their musical dreams for the sheer hell of it. Their jazzy blues evokes The Doors' softer side, yet once that harmonica starts honking, they pitch some serious wang-dang-doo. If you're lucky, they'll take you on an extended tour of Van Morrison's "Moondance," pedal steel and all. So come on down to The Cave, Tuesday, Oct. 2 for a full-body soul massage: Triple Fret are sure to rattle your rafters even as they fine tune your heart strings. Call 968-9308 for details. --L.D. Russell

DiamondDiamondDiamondHaving brought their original, traditional bluegrass sound to audiences in the United States, Canada and Western Europe since 1981, Chapel Hill's Shady Grove Band stands ready to celebrate its 20th anniversary with a special concert at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro. The band tours internationally, so this is a rare chance locally to catch their new songs, featuring their powerhouse picking and noted harmonies. Appearances by former Shady Grovers and superpicker friends should make this quite the bluegrass event. The Steep Canyon Rangers, out of Asheville, start the music at 8 p.m. this Friday, Sept. 21, at the Carrboro ArtsCenter. Call 929-2787 for details. --Art Menius

DiamondDiamondDiamond"This show is part gay pride celebration, part therapeutic release for us and everyone--certainly love and peace will be prominent themes," says Butchies' frontwoman Kaia Wilson, regarding the trio's upcoming show Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Cat's Cradle. The Butchies are heading out on a cross-country tour to promote their critically acclaimed full-length, 3, but if you're hankering for new material, check out their new self-titled 7-inch single (with great funky-fun cover art featuring the band members in various high school uniforms). "It's a time of grieving--we're trying to make people laugh," Wilson says. Call 967-9053 for details.

DiamondDiamondDiamondOn Saturday, Sept. 29 at Chapel Hill's Local 506, cult legends Dead Moon, (pictured) a DIY garage-punk outfit from Oregon, bring their pure, amp-distortion-only (no pedals) selves to the Triangle. Dead Moon frontman Fred Cole and bassist-wife Toody started playing and recording back in the '60s garage days and have kept it vital through hard rock, punk and whatever other curveballs the following decades threw their way. Unstoppable and incorrigible, this is a band you will leave the bar respecting. Espousing the same no-bull/no-frills format is opening trio The Ghost of Rock. Go if you dare. Call 942-5506 for details.

Fans of The Waterboys (aka Mike Scott) have a rare chance to see the Scottish singer-songwriter, who's lived in Ireland for years, play a show at the Cat's Cradle this Monday, Oct. 1. With such classics under his belt as 1984's A Pagan Place and the traditional, Irish folk sound of 1988's acclaimed Fisherman's Blues, Scott's 20-year musical odyssey contains more beauty and depth than most artists dare dream of. Call 967-9053 for details. --Angie Carlson

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