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CL previews upcoming concerts (June 9-15)

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9

Ben Deignan The Atlanta native looks and at times sounds like music industry giant John Mayer with a bluesy, soulful voice, and a pension for a catchy blues hook to reel in the potential listener who wants to groove. Deignan has a self-titled EP out full of easy-on-the-ears tunes often about the ins and outs of relationships. He and his band are currently a finalist in Hard Rock Cafe's version of "Battle of the Bands" competition, which culminates with the winner opening for the likes of Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney at a Hyde Park show in London on June 25. $7, Double Door Inn, www.doubledoorinn.com. (Chris Triplett)

THURSDAY, JUNE 10

Goatwhore Touring in support of their fourth album, Carving Out the Eyes of God, the New Orleans death metal and punk posse's maniacal drummer Zack Simmons lays the rhythm foundation on which the band gargles metal, while guitarist Sammy Duet shreds speed metal riffs. With the incessant rat-a-tat, the boys have blasted out some of the orchestral moodiness on previous recordings. Also on the bill: Threat Signal, Withered, Revocation and Graves of Valor. $12-16, Milestone, www.themilestoneclub.com. (Samir Shukla)

FRIDAY, JUNE 11

Reflection Eternal Folks will tell you that there's something of a cultural shift now happening in the rap game, much in the same way that the A Tribe Called Quests of the world helped smooth the transition from fist-in-your-face acts like N.W.A. and the Geto Boys (though both were quite prescient on occasion) to the whole Def Jukie/Anticon/backpack movements. There since the beginning have been Talib Kweli and his partner in rhyme, DJ Hi-Tek. For Kweli, poetry is written for the benefit of mankind – equality, not the ego (i.e., dropping the "I's" and "me's" in the verses and replacing them with "we's" and "us's"). Kweli knows there's plenty of room to get ill and cure some ills at the same time, and that's likely his lasting legacy. Chuck D once said hip-hop was the CNN of the streets. Too often these days, it's more like Fox News. Kweli and 'Tek will fair and balance your ass the way it should be done. $20-$25, Amos' SouthEnd, www.amossouthend.com. (Timothy C. Davis)

Carrie Rodriguez Rootsy violin and skin-tight leather pants don't often grace the same stage, but singer-songwriter Carrie Rodriguez has the perfect combination of sweetness and sass to pull it off. The classically-trained fiddle player seems to wield an almost hypnotic sex appeal onstage – but don't let that fool you: Rodriguez has been nurtured by Americana greats like Alejandro Escovedo and Lyle Lovett and will continue to charm the roots-rock scene with her latest, Love and Circumstance. $12, The Evening Muse, www.theeveningmuse.com. (Allie Goolrick)

SATURDAY, JUNE 12

Phoenix Fresh off their first Grammy award for Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, and a No. 1 song, "1901," this year, French alt-rock quartet Phoenix will be in Charlotte – their last stop before Bonnaroo. After that, it's back overseas for yet another European leg of the seemingly endless tour they've been on since May 2009, before hopping back to the States for Lollapalooza in Chicago in August. $27.50-32.50, Road Runner Mobile Amphitheatre, www.livenation.com. (Mike McCray)

Tom Russell Don't simply peg him as a singer/songwriter. Russell's bluesy voice, folk and rock are blanketed with American roots music to be sure. And his fine wordplay permeates the crevasses of the mind and soul. But Russell is also an accomplished painter and book writer, and with 25 records in his catalog, penning songs for numerous singers, films and TV shows, he is a fully evolved American music treasure. $20, The Evening Muse, www.theeveningmuse.com. (Shukla)

Temperance League If you've seen Bruce Hazel and the Volunteers before, don't assume that this was a simple name change for the same old band. Hazel and the guys have tied their laces tight and settled in for something a bit heavier. Hazel is still an outstanding front man with a penchant for lyrical storytelling. Add in David Kim on drums, Mark Lynch on bass, guitars by Shawn Lynch and Chad Wilson – what more can you ask for? With Trouble Walkers, Saint Solitude. $5, Snug Harbor, www.snugrock.com. (Jeff Hahne)

SUNDAY, JUNE 13

Blitzen Trapper This is the second time in as many weeks I'm coming to the defense of '70s plains rockers, but what the hell – take my Rock Critic card. Blitzen Trapper, while unceremoniously lumped into the whole forest rock conflagration when the band first emerged a few years back, has taken some heat for its new record, Destroyer of the Void, which is curious since it just came out a few days ago. While Midlake got lauds for their "Fleetwood Mac" (Van Occupanther) record and lumps for their latest "Fairport Convention" platter, The Courage of Others, The Trappers have always played an original blend of folk, rock and cosmic slop – so what if the new record sounds a little more epic? So what if it hints at Kansas and America? (The phrase "wayward son" is indeed used.) Folk and progressive rock have always been fair bedfellows, despite what some unnamed larger-than-life critic types might try to tell you, and hardly anyone these days does it better. This Trapper's a keeper. With The Moondoggies. $12-14, The Casbah at Tremont Music Hall, www.tremontmusichall.com. (Davis)

TUESDAY, JUNE 15

The Selmanaires If you dig Can, Kraftwerk, and Brian Eno, tossed around with loads of sunny pop and psychedelic synth, then The Selmanaires oughta get your attention. The Atlanta quartet's pop is dabbed with dub, a touch of fluttering guitars, synth, electronic jazz, and even gamelan (Indonesian percussion instrument) is thrown into the compositions. It's an intriguing mix worth a listen. With Yardwork, Carnivores. Snug Harbor, www.snugrock.com. (Shukla)

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