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CL previews upcoming concerts (Nov. 4-10)



Mastodon Infinitely heavy prog-metal masters Mastodon do sometimes answer to the "Stoner Rock" label, but this music isn't for the dirt-weed set. No, this is hall-of-hammers, THC-dripping, "Oh my God I can't feel my eyeballs anymore" music, full of enough fear and loafing (and double-time anvil-dropping breaks) to satisfy an Amsterdam coffeehouse full of geeked-up Maiden fans. Crystalline yet bludgeoning, and still completely legal. Their newest, Crack The Skye, has further solidified the Georgians as perhaps the best metal – "thinking man's metal" or no – band on the planet. With – and this is a ridiculously good lineup – Dethklok, Converge and fucking High on Fire. The Fillmore Charlotte (Timothy C. Davis)

Bernard Allison Sure, guitar axeman Allison sports a famous blues name (he's son of legend Luther Allison), but Bernard Allison long ago carved his own signature in the land of urban Chicago blues. Allison plays electric blues occasionally sprinkled with jazzy piano flourishes. With six string in hand Allison forges party blues with classic riffs while coaxing crying, reflective blues with sustained bends and plucks. Last year's recording Chills & Thrills is among his best work. Double Door Inn (Samir Shukla)


Captured! By Robots Jay Vance and his robotic overlords make their semi-annual pilgrimage to their favored Charlotte haunt. For over a decade now, Vance has been enslaved by his band of music-making robots; ironically, he created them in the first place because his human bandmates were so goddamn unreliable. Now GTRBOT666, AUTOMATOM and DRMBOT 0110 call the shots, and Vance is their mere stage-puppet. Something fundamental about the computer/machine age is being said here, but mostly it's just entertaining theater with a rock 'n' roll soundtrack. With Shiner. Milestone (John Schacht)


Eyes of the Elders CD Release Party Local headz Eyes of the Elders have an excellent new disc out, EOE, and these equal opportunity employers of sound (they're a nine-piece now) have thrown everything – violin, guitar, drums, various sinks – into the mix. The 2009 "Best New Band" in the Loaf's recent readers' poll, Eyes of the Elders' blend of classical, jazz, rock, and even Celtic influences ought to appeal to those who love The Roots but still like to hear a loc/linguist like Sage Francis get particular with it. The band calls their sound "psychedelic neck-hop," which may mean that A) it's psychedelic and a bit countryfied, or B) that it's psychedelic and it'll make you bob your head in a appreciation, or perhaps most likely, C) all of the above. Snug Harbor (Davis)

Cary Ann Hearst Ms. Hearst, who hails from Charleston, can do Girl Group melodies and textures as easily as she can conjure up Patsy Cline's heartbreak, Holly Golightly's cool and Wanda Jackson's sass. Impressive versatility, in other words, but there's substance to match because Hearst can turn a phrase and fill it with honest-to-goodness feeling, too. Her solo debut, Dust & Bones, is classic old-school country, and her project with Michael Trent, Shovel & Ropes, is even spookier and better. I totally predict big things in her future. Mark it down. With Stephanie's Id at the late show. The Evening Muse (Schacht)

Hex Machine Mathematically calculated metal, albeit drenched in large mugs of booze, the Hex Machine rattles rafters to be sure. The Richmond combo plies the noise rock waters and alleys where the likes of the Jesus Lizard and Helmet meet. Sludgy, Sabbathy rock is also strewn about in the shattered glass and broken guitar strings. Heavy rock cranked and amped, what else do ya need on a Friday night? With Teams and Reverser. Milestone (Shukla)


As Tall as Lions The swirling, fluttering guitars reel you in. The textured spacey vibe pretty much nails this scribe. The N.Y. quartet's frightfully brilliant third recording You Can't Take It With You is, well, moody to say the least, with a steely coldness that's cinematic, while repeat listens warm the innards in a feverish sorta, Coldplay manner. Opening for MuteMath. Amos' Southend (Shukla)

Donna Jean Godchaux Band Godchaux left her mark on the brains of plenty of Dead Heads with her singing as a member of The Grateful Dead back in the '70s. Fast-forward a few decades to the present and she can still set the tone for an evening. She was previously touring with the Zen Tricksters, but has found her own path with this latest group. Pretty safe to assume you'll hear a Dead tune or two in the mix. Double Door Inn (Jeff Hahne)


Hope For Agoldensummer It's ladies night at the Muse as the Athens, Ga., trio swoops in along with a few locals to vocally light up the place. Catching them a few years back, it was all about harmonies layered on top of the acoustic instruments. Expect a laid-back evening that's easy on the ears. With Erika Blatnik and Bridgit Scheide. The Evening Muse (Hahne)

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