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CL previews upcoming concerts (Feb. 17-23)

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 17

We Were Promised Jet Packs The blokes are touring in support of These Four Walls, filled with itchy guitars, Brit pop sentiments, and songcraft where thick Scottish vocals lather melodic numbers dripping with emotive pop. Generally using a fast, strummed rhythmic technique over clean guitar riffs, the quartet coax post-punk sensibilities out of both rockers and thoughtful ballads. Also on the bill: Royal Bangs and Bad Veins. Tremont Music Hall (Samir Shukla)

THURSDAY, FEB. 18

Hacienda The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach produced and played on these Austinites' 2008 debut, Loud Is the Night, but if you're expecting his band's Zep-flavored garage blooze...well, just don't. The Villanueva brothers (Jaime, Abraham, and Rene, with cousin Dante Schwebel on guitar) turn instead toward the warmer sounds of the Beach Boys (circa Wild Honey) and the Beatles for inspiration, infusing these nostalgic summer pop melodies with Phil Spector-in-a-Stetson production values. It's a little bloodless at times, but you can certainly hear why Auerbach was intrigued. With Generationals and Asheville's Floating Action. Casbah at Tremont Music Hall (John Schacht)

Celtic Woman Experience Irish music like never before. Join five of the most accomplished female vocalists as they mesmerize you with their celestial sound. Máiréad Nesbitt, Celtic's sassy violinist, will fuel you to move as she revs up her fiddle on stage. Don't miss out on a true Celtic experience as these women tour North America in support of their new album, Songs from the Heart. Ovens Auditorium (Nicole Pietrantonio)

FRIDAY, FEB. 19

Tony Trischka When you've been playing and recording the banjo for almost four decades, you get to know every shade, subtlety, and color of the sound capable of emanating from the instrument. Bluegrass is the foundation where banjo master Tony Trischka tells his acoustic American music tales marked with numerous recordings and countless performances along the way. His most recent disc, Territory, takes banjo-picking into alternate tunings and techniques, Celtic and Hawaiian hues. It's a storied, continuing journey that has influenced countless pickers and strummers. Stage Door Theater (Shukla)

SATURDAY, FEB. 20

Donna Jean Godchaux Band Donna Jean Godchaux-McKay, a former session singer in the Southern soul hotbed of Muscle Shoals, Ala., (she worked with Aretha, Elvis and Otis, among others) is of course best known for her musical carryin' on with the Grateful Dead and the Jerry Garcia Band, both with and without former husband Keith Godchaux, one of the Dead's almost Spinal Tap-like string of keyboardists. She still works with some of the Dead extended family, but now gets her kicks with her new band, which is something of a reconfiguration of her first post-Dead conflagration, Kettle Joe's Psychedelic Swamp Revue. With Dark Star Orchestra, the only tribute band I know of to play note-perfect (and note-not-so-perfect, as the case may be) entire shows of their host band – The Grateful Dead, in this case – in their entirety. Neighborhood Theatre (Timothy C. Davis)

Black Eyed Peas When they first started out, back in the pre-Fergie days, the Black Eyed Peas stuck to the rap game, throwing in some pop hints here and there. Then, roughly a decade ago, Stacy "Fergie" Ferguson joined the band. "Where is the Love?" was released and while Fergie's vocals were in the background for the most part, she's now up front and center and helping the band to make repetitive pop hits that swarm the airwaves and take over. I gotta admit, they're catchy songs, but it's amazing how far they've fallen from the music-with-a-message days to "Let's Get it Started" and "I Gotta Feeling." Time Warner Cable Arena (Jeff Hahne)

Fishbone It's been 25 years since Fishbone first started having a "Party at Ground Zero" and they're back on the road – well, a couple of them are. Angelo Moore is still at the helm of the ship, but the only mate he's got with him these days is Norwood Fisher. Doesn't mean they can't "skank to the beat," but it's not like it used to be. After 25 years, it'd be nice for all the guys to get the lineup back up and running for a big hurrah. Opening for The English Beat. Tremont Music Hall (Hahne)

MONDAY, FEB. 22

Surfer Blood Forget the crap band name, the reverb-friendly blend of borrowed influences on this Florida act's Astro Coast debut actually earns most of the blog-o-love it's received. Sure, they lift everything from the chord progression in VU's "Sweet Jane" to the harmonics from the Fixx's "Saved by Zero," and at certain junctures they remind you of early Weezer, Jesus & Mary Chain, Cheap Trick, Joy Division, and, perhaps most often, a Swervedriver/Shins cocktail. Of course, if you're gonna borrow, aim high, and try and come up with something unique. That, they've pulled that off. With Turbo Fruits and Bo White. Snug Harbor (Schacht)

TUESDAY, FEB. 23

Lucero Gritty, Southern rock and country bred in the crevasses and alleys of Memphis streets, Lucero unabashedly taps into the musical soul of the city. The band's sixth studio album 1372 Overton Park, released last fall, is imbued with Memphis soul and blues, country and punk, and rock that could only breed in the South. Lead singer Ben Nichols also released a fab solo record last year. Visulite Theatre (Shukla)

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