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Contributors: Rick Cornell, Margaret Hair, Kathy Justice, Chris Parker, Chris Toenes

Wednesday, June 6

Ear Pwr, Google Earth, Juiceboxxxx, Adventure, Nightlight

Asheville's Ear Pwr are very good at the sultry, fuzzy bass vibe made for prancing and dancing. They put an exclamation point on their goals with a megaphone: Subtlety is not their game, but moving booties is. Look for a forthcoming record on local label FrequeNC. $6/ 10 p.m. —CT

We Versus The Shark, Barbarella, Reservoir

If you've never seen Hugh Swaso, who leads Barbarella, you should. With formidable guitar skills and the voice of a blues man cursed with a Sgt. Pepper's wardrode, Swaso is a natural showman who only seems to get better. Rock that tends toward the experimental punk side comes from Athens' We Versus the Shark, and crushing riffs roar from Hazerai. Free/ 10 p.m. —MH

Thursday, June 7

Triangle Reggae Splash, Lincoln Theatre

Kingston reggae singer Sanchez plies a soulful style called lovers rock with hints of dancehall. The latter led him to collaborate with Ludacris. A handful of other such vocalists hit the stage on this tour, backed by the Chronic Band. $32/ 9 p.m. —CT

Robbie Fulks, Hideaway BBQ

Fulks has been a fixture in alt-country circles for years, originally fronting Chicago bluegrass act Special Consensus in the '80s but releasing seven solo albums in the last dozen years. Yet like a ballplayer putting up good numbers in a small market, Fulks has escaped the attention of many. Fulks' facilities extend from upbeat roots-rock and pop to old-fashioned country, and his new live double disc, Revenge!, offers testament to the breadth of his talents with electric and acoustic sides. $12-$15/ 8:30 p.m. —CP

Friday, June 8

Dom Casual, Jeff Hart and The Ruins, Broad Street Café

Dom Casual's sound defines eclectic: the frenzied guitar of early rock and rockabilly, surf's universal twang, and experience that belies a knowledge that all these things are tied together. Oh, and it happens to be great music for summer. —CT

Valorie Miller, The Cave

Ms. Miller deserves the best, so I turn to my friend Jerry Withrow, writing in the September-October 2003 issue of No Depression: "Her vocals—pure Carolina, from whisper to wail—reach that goal of a personal sound, with an assurance and control directly attributable to those grueling nights on the road." $5/ 7:30 p.m. —RC

Saturday, June 9

Legendary Shack*Shakers, Local 506

Part Pentecostal preacher, part Tasmanian Devil, the passionate, wild-eyed fervor of Shakers' frontman Colonel J.D. Wilkes is difficult to resist. Easily one of the top live acts on the circuit, they could have remained satisfied with that. Instead, each album has expanded their palette, with last year's Pandelerium embracing gypsy swing and Waits-ian carnival shuffles. The sound meshes nicely with ragged ramshackle roots, though the pace doesn't match their usual racecar throttle. Don't expect anything less than that live. $10/ 10 p.m. —CP

Carrie Rodriguez, Tim Easton, The ArtsCenter

Austin-based fiddler and songstress Carrie Rodriguez may have spent her early career playing second fiddle to folk legend Chip Taylor, but with her 2006 solo debut, Seven Angels on a Bicycle, the Southern chick met her independence with a sure hand and steady gaze. The album features a sultry Rodriguez exercising her Berklee-earned wisdom with a subtlety, employing whispers of fiddle and husky vocals with dexterity and aplomb. Comparisons to a moodier version of goddess Lucinda Williams are spot-on. Tim Easton shares the stage. $15/ 8:30 p.m. —KJ

Uncle Earl, Hideaway BBQ

Achieving a balance between past and present is seldom easy, but the four women of the Uncle Earl string band have mastered the jump between vintage tunes and modern frills with necessary skill. Playing fiddle, mandolin, guitar, bass and banjo, the group etches out old-time tunes with a textured tenacity, sliding easily from the sweet harmonies and old-lonesome sounds of traditional music into modern breaks. $10-$12/ 9:30 p.m. —KJ

Sunday, June 10

Great Lake Swimmers, Eleni Mandell, Megafaun, Local 506

With the Great Lake Swimmers' hushed but potent Iron & Wine-isms, Eleni Mandell's continually increasing singer/songwriter goddessness, and The Band-as-fractured-folk-trio adventures of DeYarmond Edison survivors Megafaun, Local 506 once again sets a high bar when it comes to triplebills. $8-$10/ 9 p.m. —RC

Tuesday, June 12

The Heartless Bastards, Regina Hexaphone, Cat's Cradle

The women fronting these two terrific acts lend them their character, complementing each other like night and day. The Heartless Bastards' gritty Midwestern rock recalls fellow Ohioans Scrawl, with a terse, rugged midtempo rumble accompanying Erika Wennstrom's reedy vocals. Regina Hexaphone are their creamier compadres, lilting, loping and floating like country-inflected dream pop spun into a fluffy confection of cotton candy, enveloping Sara Bell's warm airy vocals. Their lush instrumentation and sweet tones make them a nice counterpart for the Bastards' hungry, no frills attack. $10-$12/ 9:30 p.m. —CP

Wednesday, June 13

The Stalking Horses, The Cripple Lillies, The Cave

A double-whammy of fresh-faced bands updating the timid coffeehouse balladry of the indie-folk scene: Maryland's The Stalking Horses mix fractured guitars with post-punk drums, bringing a fiery edge to spot-on melodies. Florida's The Cripple Lillies are more subdued, weaving lacy melodies from picked acoustics and staccato piano with a penchant for Iron & Wine's breathy meditative arrangements. Free —KJ

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