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CL previews upcoming concerts (Aug. 20-25)

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Thursday, Aug. 20

Neighbors Acres Playing bluegrass standards their own damn way, bending genres when the mood suits the moment, this septet nevertheless remains bound to traditions. There's an Appalachian, jazz, ragtime, blues, and even jug band, sway, but the bluegrass remains firmly underfoot. They are also musically keen enough to craft taut originals to keep things progressive. No Strings Attached will open. Visulite Theatre (Samir Shukla)

The Drownout Upon first glance, these four Atlanta boys look like they are going to start screaming about blood and razorblades in tangled, silly metaphors. But then they break out the key-tar and all bets are off. If you were lucky enough to stumble upon their Web site beforehand, you'd have been forewarned a bit. The hot pink and glam rock grunginess hints to the softer, more discothèque feel of it all. With the radio-friendly hooks and "whoo hooo's," The Drownout could easily blend in at Warped Tour or a college club. With The Spalding Grays. Double Door Inn (Sam Webster)

The Weight There is definitely no shortage of Southern-rock revival bands these days, but there are definitely only a few who truly stand out. It seems like The Weight has picked up all of the grit and grime that Kings of Leon left out by the curb when they hit the big-time. A home base of NYC seems a bit odd, but the ATL punk backgrounds of some of the members helps give reasoning to their authentic Southern roots sound. Let's face it ... this kind of dirty Southern rock you just can't fake. With The Holy Smokes and Motel Glory. Milestone (Webster)

friday, aug. 21

Dale Watson Austin-based Watson's disdain for commercial Nashville country and love of traditional honky tonk, Texas swing, and Bakersfield country is splashed all over his several solid recordings. Watson calls his muse "Ameripolitan." Makes sense, as Watson's tunes are old timey and rootsy. Hell, you can almost taste the dirt, yet he writes urban honky tonk numbers. He's authentic to a fault. The Evening Muse (Shukla)

Up With the Joneses As opposed to keeping up with the Joneses, this Tennessee band writes rock originals that showcase their love of classic Southern and hard rock that has no qualms hanging with alterna rock of the last couple of decades. No tricks or gimmicks here, just good-time rock with heaps of funky overlays. The band is touring the area in support of the new release Over the Sound. With Lamb Handler and Shine River. Milestone (Shukla)

Eyes of the Elders The group started out under the Eyes of the Elders monicker ... then Josh Panda left for Vermont and they picked up a live band and were known as Stump Dickens. Now they're going back to the original name of Eyes of the Elders, but the band's staying intact. This show is a free one as a CD release party for their latest effort, Separated Selves. With Vonnegut. Neighborhood Theatre (Jeff Hahne)

saturday, aug. 22

Leisure McCorkle The full band will be in effect this night – Leisure, Mike Mitschele, Grainger Gilbert and Gary Guthrie – to perform songs from their four released discs and give a preview to their forthcoming album, 5000 Light Years Beyond the Speed of Sound. The new one's due in November. In the past, McCorkle has opened up for Frank Black, Cowboy Mouth, Edwin McCain, Elliott Smith, Ben Folds and others. This time around, he's the headliner. Visulite Theatre (Hahne)

sunday, aug. 23

Cobra Starship Pop band gained notoriety with their song "Snakes on a Plane (Bring It)" from the ballyhooed flick of the same name. The novelty of boy band meets pop punk via synth and electro funk is still there, but seems to have worn off a bit. Just as their snarkily witty numbers, sung by vocalist Gabe Saporta, get a tad too kitschy, the guitars hop in to save the day. The combo is touring in support of the freshly released album Hot Mess. With the Audition, the Friday Night Boys and Skeet Skeet. Tremont Music Hall (Shukla)

tuesday, aug. 25

Chairmen of the Board Every time I hear someone talk about shagging – as in the Southern dance – I can't help but repeat the word in my mind ... in the voice of Austin Powers. Regardless if you know how to shag or not, there will be plenty of good vibes going around as the beach music masters invade the Epicentre. The band's peak was in the 1970s with "Give Me Just a Little More Time," but that's not to say their following these days is anything to laugh at. Whisky River (Hahne)

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