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CL previews upcoming concerts (April 27-May 3)



DAVILA 666 This collective hails from the unofficial, voting rights-free 51st state of Puerto Rico, sings in Spanish, and plays a blend of skuzzy garage rock with a gothic twist, calling to mind a Latin Black Lips — or as they say, "Menudo on lots of drugs." The band's latest, Tan Bajo, isn't particularly groundbreaking, but it is delivered with the all the youthful zest and hell-bent energy required of fuck-tomorrow music — they also bill themselves as the "world's greatest party band," which is really raising the debauchery bar. With Paint Fumes and Joint Damage. $8. The Milestone. (John Schacht)


THE NOVA ECHO Asheville combo alternates between fluffy electro pop and spacey dance rock blasted with guitar bursts. Lyrical depth may not be a strong suit, but they manage tonal warmth in the mix, where some cuts prevail with keyboard-laden crescendos assisted by guitars and percussion. Fans of '80s synth pop, take note. With Oh No Fiasco. $5. Double Door Inn. (Samir Shukla)

SHIRLEY MURDOCK With roots in gospel music Shirley Murdock is taking it back to the genre of music that made her a household name. Known for her 1986 smash hit "As We Lay," the songstress has continued to gain popularity in the realm of R&B and gospel. Hitting the Queen City in all her glory, Murdock guarantees this will be a memorable performance with features from singers Kelly Price, Regina Belle and Beverly Crawford. Upset you will miss this once-in-a-lifetime performance? Don't worry — Murdock and the Divas will be doing a live CD/DVD recording for your viewing and listening pleasure to be released in the future. $18. The Broadcast Group Complex, Fort Mill, (Johnathan Cruse)


HYMN FOR HER They may just be modern day hippies with a flair, but I think I dig it. Hymn For Her comprised of Lucy Tight and Wayne Waxing have been rolling, (literally) making stops in their 16-foot Bambi Airstream creating some pretty amazing music. With a young child and a dog in tow this bluegrass duo is certainly one of a kind with a cigar box and three-stringed broom as a guitar, a banjo and bass drum just to name a few. McHale's Irish Pub, Rock Hill. (Cruse)

MAN MAN The first time I saw Man Man perform live, I stood staring in awe of what was happening in front of me. Band members jumping around, screaming performing on various instruments and creating an orchestral sound that was beyond comparison. The studio efforts are catchy enough, but it's truly something you have to witness first-hand. With Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers. 8 p.m. $13-$15. Visulite Theatre. (Jeff Hahne)


USHER It's crazy to think the same guy who sang "My Way" wearing a derby in a bouncy castle when I was in 6th grade is realistically the father of an entire generation of R&B solo acts. Taking his solo career from teeny-bopper to unabashed bachelor to married man and single again, it's no surprise he had to add a second North American leg of his OMG Tour. I won't hold discovering Justin Bieber against him. Akon opens. $29.50-$95. Time Warner Cable Arena. (Mike McCray)

NAT BALDWIN You will probably know this double-bassist first as the sublime bottom end that anchors all those gossamer voices in the Dirty Projectors. But there's much more to the solo music of the singer/songwriter and former disciple of free jazz legend Anthony Braxton. His latest, People Changes (due out May 24), was inspired by the Thoreau-like isolation of a cabin in the New England forest, and with its rich layers of contrabass, flitting woodwinds and horns, and Baldwin's airy falsetto, the music seems hewn straight from the surroundings. It's not a contest, of course, but if there's a more inventive bassist out there, I'd really like to hear them. With Yardwork. $8. The Evening Muse. (Schacht)

AWOL: THE BENEFIT Benefitting Camp Care and Don't Break the Bond, this inaugural event hopes to become annual in order to help out people from "all walks of life" — AWOL. A diverse lineup, most with ties to Charlotte and the Carolinas, ensures this festival will be something people will talk about for a while. With Mike Posner, Matt & Kim, Paper Tongues, Simplified, Matrimony, Sugar Glyder, Lucky Five, BPL. $35-$55. 11 a.m. Symphony Park. (Hahne)


SUMSUN An effects-laden electronica combo, Sumsun blends swirling psychedelic waves inlaid into minimalist or funky beats. It's danceable, albeit with trance-like textures hovering about. Checkmark them as soundtracks for sci-fi flicks, electro dance or meditative soundscapes sprinkled with pop, take your pick. With Oh Fortuna and Such Mad Hope. $7-$9. The Milestone. (Shukla)


INTERPOL Over a decade in, this rock outfit is still reviving the post-punk sound. Since setting ears ablaze in 2002 with their album, Turn on the Bright Lights, the band has gone from indie sensation to home on a major label but still very much the same as they once were, even with the departure of long-time bassist Carlos Dengler last year. School of Seven Bells are also on the bill. $39.59. The Fillmore Charlotte. (McCray)

THE WOOD BROTHERS Oliver and Chris Wood have marked individual musical territories with King Johnson and Medeski Martin & Wood, respectively. The brothers converged their styles a few years back and merge their disparate musical ventures into a living room collaboration of acoustic roots, blues and folk music. With Abigail Washburn. $18-$20. Visulite Theatre. (Shukla)

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