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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 15

Robert Earl Keen Dude is popular with country music fans, folk music fans, the college radio crowd, jam band fans, alt-country fans, soccer moms (sorry, Sarah), shitkicker types, and Texas fetishists. Hell, dude even looks like The Dude, and he certainly still abides by a lot of people's math. Me? I never got it. He's not really folky enough for folk, jammy enough for a jam band, or alternative enough for alt-country (whatever that is – R.I.P., No Depression). Granted, he is reasonably funny at times, yes, and he is a decent storyteller. Then again, I ain't lining up to go see Dane Cook anytime soon, either. Neighborhood Theatre (Timothy C. Davis)

THURSDAY, OCT. 16

Akimbo Seattle hard rockers' newest recording, Jersey Shores, continues the assault of stoner, punk and hard rock that channels classic sludge of Black Sabbath while teetering on spastic collapse akin to indie legends the Jesus Lizard. The guitar churns out lines that wreak havoc on the brain cells while frontman Jon Weisnewski spews his vocals that'll make a hardened alley cat dart to safety. Also on the bill: Nations and Alarmed. Milestone (Samir Shukla)

Bill Hanna Jazz Jam Head out to the Double Door Inn on a Thursday night when Hanna is scheduled to play and you never know what you might get. Sure, he and his band will play some of the traditional jazz stuff in their own way, but special guests are known to hop on stage and jam with them. A new resident recently proved her pipes and former Hanna students show their teacher what they've learned. It's a good time. Double Door (Jeff Hahne)

Buckethead Ah, Buckethead. He who wears a KFC bucket on his head to protest the slaughter of the chickens who raised him (PETA's "Sexiest Vegetarian" contest, take note). He's certainly got ungodly chops to boot – if a little too guitar-maggish for some (OK, most) people's tastes (including Axl Rose's). Do a little searching, and you find that he's a "merely" a lanky, lank-haired 40-year-old with an almost insatiable appetite for making music (some say he's made 38 records, some say – home releases included – more than 100). Of course, it's the outfit that draws them in – something KISS knew (and then forgot, and then re-remembered) long ago. Who wants their face melded by a CVS district manager type? With That One Guy. Neighborhood Theatre (Davis)

SATURDAY, OCT. 18

Rodney Crowell One of the neo traditionalists of the '80s, Crowell's work harks even further back to the mid-'70s with a blend of country and folk. Crowell made it to the songwriters' songwriter list years ago and his pared down tales and observations remain as potent today. Crowell's new album, Sex & Gasoline, rips the all-American consumer culture with his usual wit that's wrapped around literate, reflective, and progressive Americana. With Will Kimbrough. Visulite (Shukla)

Prabir and the Substitutes Richmond-based Prabir Mehta is a true believer in the power of power pop, whether to warm the heart, salve a damaged one or tax one with intoxicants and loose women (or men, one supposes, depending on your preference). That belief shows: There's nary a riff, chorus, or bridge that doesn't sound like its engineered to pop out of your speakers, grab a beer and insinuate itself into your iPod, slapping backs with the likes of Eels, Sloan or OK Go. In recent shows, the inveterate gunslinger even shows off some sans-guitar, James Brown/Roger Daltrey frontmanship. Fear not, however: with his fuzzy-cheeked, too-tight Substitutes to fill in, the power still pops with notable aplomb. With David Shultz and the Skyline. Snug Harbor (Davis)

Underoath The band's Christian metal roots are still intact while angry guitars and drums pound the listeners into submission. Alternating vocals between screamo and melodic, Underoath propound the message with aggressive noise, without forgetting the melody. Chaotic, yes, subdued to an extent, well, yes; check their newest, Lost in the Sound of Separation, for further proof. Tonight's noisefest also features Saosin, The Devil Wears Prada, and POS. Amos' Southend (Shukla)

SUNDAY, OCT. 19

Building the State There's no hurry building this state. The Florida quartet unwrap their instruments and lightly layer them over each other with a post-punk rock aura. They have the gumption to compose songs with a forward gaze while exploring what has musically passed before them. It's an intriguing mix of ambling indie rock. Brown Shoe is also on the bill. Snug Harbor (Shukla)

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