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CL previews upcoming concerts (March 25-30)

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25

Dave Rhames & The Westchesters "Southern Fried Rock 'n' Roll, Country Style" is how Rhames has always described his music, and methinks he's onto something. Hints of Merles both Watson and Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, and Bocephus share the stage with Street Survivors-era Skynyrd and David Allan Coe. Mostly, it just sounds like Rhames – whiskey-strong, homey and a little rough around the edges, with just enough danger and drollery mixed in with the ballads to keep you guessin'. This is a man who wrote a song about Satan as a no-count NASCAR racer, after all (the amusing "The Devil's in the 666.") The Evening Muse (Timothy C. Davis)

DD/MM/YYYY Mark your calendar for dd/mm/yyyy. The Toronto-based quintet brings a cornucopia of sounds as the five guys jump between two drum kits, two guitars, and two keyboards with transitions as smooth as melted butter. But don't expect to be able to place them into any one musical genre; their sound is almost as hard to define as their name is to pronounce. Despite the fact that nobody really seems to understand this quirky group, crowds across the States (and our neighbors to the north) can't seem to get enough of them. With Bob Fields and No Shoulders. The Milestone (Jill Jacobs)

THURSDAY, MARCH 26

Saliva If you like your rock equal parts glam rock, hair- and nu-metal (and these people do exist – ever lived in Myrtle Beach?), then you'll spit your pants over Saliva. Signed by former Island Records head Lyor Cohen as his token rock act about a decade back, the Memphis-based band and WWE entrance music perennial has persevered (to some extent – the band's latest record never broke the Top 100) by doing what they do best – blend in. Singer Josey Scott's mostly the draw here, with a nice voice that's an equal mix muscular snarl and freaky falsetto. Their latest, Cinco Diablo, is pretty much more of the same, featuring songs like "Hunt You Down," "Judgment Day," "I'm Coming Back," and any number of other tracks that wouldn't strike fear into the heart of even the lamest of Vince McMahon's tomato cans. Amos' SouthEnd (Davis)

The Physics of Meaning The cool thing about Durham-based TPOM is they don't dwell in one musical location for long, but that doesn't mean the songs are all over the map. They can take a chapter out of the Nirvana book, and follow it up with a folk-pop tune, a chamber music piece and dissonance-laden rock. The band twists and turns but doesn't veer off course and keeps the mood within the confines of a composed pop number. With LA Tool & Die and Use Your Inside Voices. The Milestone (Samir Shukla)

FRIDAY, MARCH 27

Sara Watkins Sara Watkins, 27, is best known as the fiddle player for Nickel Creek, but since that band went on an indefinite hiatus, she's off and running with her solo career. When I spoke with her during Creek's last tour, she had already finished most of her debut CD – produced by John Paul Jones – which is due on April 7. I'm guessing you'll get to hear plenty of it at this show. Opening for John Prine. Ovens Auditorium (Jeff Hahne)

SATURDAY, MARCH 28

That 1 Guy Mike Silverman, aka That 1 Guy, is a classically trained bassist touring with his invention the "magic pipe." The pipe is a contraption adding to the funkiness, propped further by foot drums, that a typical bass can't create, and it works because Silverman is such an accomplished musician. His one-man band nuttiness crosses the juncture where Zappa meets Tom Waits meets Ween meets Primus with scads of whacked lyrics in songs like "Weasel Potpie," "Buttmachine" and "Steamin' Hunks." You get the picture. Double Door Inn (Shukla)

Husky Charlotte's own psychedelic acid rock trio Husky is perfectly comfortable in the hollows where they exist. They dig the titans of guitar-god rockers of the '60s and '70s where blues was the firm foundation and long, layered and spacey rock jams were the norm, not the exception. Husky's recent recording The Sea King is about as cosmic rock as it gets. With Delicious and Cement Stars. Tremont Music Hall (Shukla)

Webb Wilder For over two decades roots rocker Wilder has honed his wit-laden blues and roots rock to a point where its second nature. Along with his corky stage presence, the singer, guitarist and filmmaker backs up his oodles of musicality with irreverence and a tongue firmly planted in cheek. His most recent recording, Born to Be Wilder, showcases his most potent persona, performing live. The Evening Muse (Shukla)

MONDAY, MARCH 30

Monday Nite All-stars There's no doubt the Charlotte music community is going to take some time to recover from the recent loss of Charles Hairston, but that doesn't mean the guys from the Monday Nite All-Stars aren't going to follow his wishes. Hairston told me last fall he wanted the band to continue without him and that's what they're doing. Carey Sims has some tough shoes to fill, but there isn't a better man for the job. Go see for yourself. Double Door Inn (Hahne)

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