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CL previews upcoming shows (Aug.12-18)



Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson Aussie chanteuse Chambers has toured with Lucinda and Emmylou, which gives you a general audio gauge to her music. Down under, though, Chambers' accolades and profile surpass those American legends' popularity here, and a better comparison sales-wise might be fellow countrywoman Kylie Minogue; Chambers' 2002 high-point, Barricades & Brickwalls, went platinum seven times over, and every record since has hit No. 1 on the Aussie charts. Nicholson, well-known in Australia himself for various musical efforts, is Chambers' husband, and together they play a kind of uber-earnest twang that rings slightly more hollow than, say, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. Neighborhood Theatre (John Schacht)

The Start Break out your dancing shoes and get ready to shake all of your worries out. Aimee Echo and company are going to get you moving, even if your boyfriend/girlfriend just dumped you. The growling vocals and synth-punk music has undertones of heartache and angst, but you try not to smile while busting out on that dance floor. With Normandie! and Red All Over. The Milestone (Sam Webster)


Ray Bonneville Bonneville spent years exploring music during global travels. But it's when he hunkered down during the '80s in New Orleans soaking in her aura that marks his musical evolution. Armed with a guitar, rack harmonica and much-weathered vocals, Bonneville concocts shuffling blues and rootsy folk where storytelling is the foundation and the music has an unmistakable, easy chair Crescent City vibe. With Mike Strauss. The Evening Muse (Samir Shukla)

Ukebox Philly trio drops the corky ukulele, bass and drums into a blender of punk, blues and raw, battered mishmash. It's all about drinking and maniacal fun with an old Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper sway, complete with a dime store harmonica dangling from the neck adding melodic accents. Sure it's too raw at times, but hey, that's what indie ukulele rock is all about, right? With One Big Vice and Darken the Sky. The Milestone (Shukla)


Col. Bruce Hampton & The Quark Alliance Rock 'n' roll music's second most favorite colonel, Bruce Hampton, continues what he started in The Aquarium Rescue Unit and the Fiji Mariners (and before that, numerous legendary Atlanta bands) here with pals Mark Letalien, bassist Kris Dale and guitarist/singer/songwriter Jeff Caldwell. It's Hampton's usual jazz-inspired, neo-tropical, guitar-heavy road rock, but the addition of Caldwell gives the whole affair a whole new dose of soul. Like yet another famous colonel, Hampton, in any guise, keeps things interesting with just the right touch of spice, and the Quark Alliance (quirky alliance would also seem to fit) is no different. With Marshall Ruffin. Double Door Inn (Timothy C. Davis)

Guam High A family tree of the Charlotte music scene over the last decade or so would look, to the outside observer, to be in severe need of an arborist. Which, it should be said, is a good thing. The tastiest Charlotte bands of the oughts have been comprised of musicians not afraid to look for a little on the side(man) front. Guam High is no different. Comprised of Bryson Avery on vocals, Derek Dexter Ghent and Shawn Lynch on guitar, Mark Lynch on bass and Darrin Gray on drums, these fresh men never come across as sophomoric, much less soporific, thanks to a bloodline that includes some of Charlotte's finest (Bruce Hazel, Lou Ford, Snagglepuss and more than enough others to attempt to fit inside a single parenthetical expression such as this one). Good meat and potatoes rock 'n' roll, if double-dosed with a little liquid acid by your shifty chefs-in-residence. With Snagglepuss and Black Lashes. The Milestone (Davis)


Tad Dreis Seeing this Chapel Hill musician live is like sitting on a screened porch, sharing tales of love gone awry and everyday mishaps with a young Bob Dylan. It may not be so political, and a bit more silly, but isn't a bit of lightheartedness just what we need in this social climate? Plus, this mop top has one sweet smile and a heart of gold. Common Market Southend (Webster)

Matt Williams Asheville-based Williams is obviously adept on acoustic guitar, especially when blending blues, folk and jazz. His pleasant tenor guides his multi-instrumentation – guitars and bass, violins, lap-steel and percussion – into a place where both Elvis Costello and Jack Johnson could stretch their legs. During solo performances, he uses live looping to coax a full band sound out of his instruments. Double Door Inn (Shukla)

Aslyn/Toby Lightman Both of these pop singers were signed to major labels (Capitol/Atlantic, respectively), but have since branched out. Lightman, who tasted a bit of success with her cover of "Real Love," released her third album, Let Go, in July on her own label. Aslyn's sophomore album is due out this month, four years after her debut. Catching them both in a small venue like the Muse should provide for a great show. The Evening Muse early show (Jeff Hahne)


Fiery Furnaces Remember all the way back to 2004 when Blueberry Boat was going to change the indie rock universe? Well, it didn't quite work out that way as the creatively restless and hyper-prolific (seven full-lengths since 2003) Friedburgers – Matt and Eleanor – veered down even more self-indulgent paths (we're looking at you, Rehearsing My Choir). Frankly, indulgence was always part of their appeal, but their latest, I'm Going Away, is being billed as a return to more straight-ahead '70s' rock form and their most "accessible" yet. But if you're expecting radio-freindly Rumours or the like, look elsewhere (and expand your friggin' horizons already). The siblings will be joined live by a rhythm section of Jason Lowenstein (Sebadoh) and Robert D'Amico. With White Rabbits. Visulite Theatre (Schacht)

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