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WEDNESDAY 5.23

X-Clan Rap catalysts X-Clan largely shunned the hip-hop nation after a couple of politically-charged, groundbreaking records in the early 90s. X-Clan's new incarnation includes original member Brother J as well as "Ultraman" Ra Hanna, ACL, Kumu and Master China. The fiery, afrocentric words are still intact as Brother J fires away at the self-defeating attitudes and lifestyles of black America on the 2006 release Return from Mecca. With the Insane Clown Posse, Twiztid and Boondox. Tremont Music Hall (Shukla)

THURSDAY 5.24

Outformation Led by former guitar tech Sam Holt's fluid guitar work, this Atlanta jam band's muse is funked-up, country-tinged and lathered with deep southern blues. Their last album, Tennessee Before Daylight, is filled with a colorful assortment of American songs. Visulite (Shukla)

Karisa Winett The 22-year-old is making her national performance debut by opening for The Wreckers and Sara Evans. She sings in an energetic pop style that's got a bit of country and '70s guitar rock mixed in. Her debut CD hasn't been released yet, but people will notice the Los Angeles native who is also an accomplished boxer. Miller Lite Stage; 600 Festival. (Hahne)

FRIDAY 5.25

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Don't even bother showing up if you're not into a bopping good time framed around swing and big band music. But BBVD's old-timey jazz isn't mired in nostalgia noodling, but rather is a contemporary mix of neck shaking dance music. Formed in LA back in 1992, the boys haven't lost a touch of their spunky stride. Call it swing for the 21st century. Amos' Southend (Shukla)

The Needles This Wilmington quartet doesn't fuck around; it's loud, fast, in-your-face rock & roll, with roots going back to the MC5, New York Dolls and Cheap Trick. Their 2006 release, In the Red, is out on That's Right! Records, and its glam-metal-garage punch is about as subtle as a hammer to the forehead. Of course, with a snout-full of distilled spirits, who the hell wants subtlety, anyway? With Dave Rhames' new band, The Red & the Black. Snug Harbor (Schacht)

Beaver Nelson Austin-based tunesmith Nelson sings a familiar song. Despite having recorded for the better part of the last 15 years, Nelson doesn't have much work in the record bins, mostly due to Record Company Disease (the old "bait-and-switch" is now the s"ign-and-drop"). Like many a talented young songwriter, Nelson signed young and was summarily spit out early, despite a folksy, rough-hewn (yet winkishly sly) acoustic sound that's drawn raves from fellow Austinites and the press alike. Still right around 35, Nelson's got more than enough time to make up for that which he lost in record limbo. Check out his latest, Beaver Nelson's Exciting Opportunity, for a nice introduction. With Gill Landry. The Evening Muse (Davis)

SATURDAY 5.26

The Noises 10 Expect big things from this Charlotte quartet. They're making waves with their indie rock and creative music videos -- Check out "Sea Level" on their MySpace page. The Radiohead-esque vibe the band gives off, or whatever it is, works. They're not out to reinvent the wheel, but they offer up some solid, catchy music that'll get you moving. Jason Scavone's vocal range compliments their music well. Patrick Boyd works in riffs over John Licare's bass and Jonathan Erickson's Beatles-esque drumming style. With C.R. Rollyson and The Love Language. Snug Harbor (Hahne)

SUNDAY 5.27

Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers Here's a worthy event organized to help ease regional musician Mark "Bump" Bumgarner's medical bills. Blues veteran Thackery will perform at this benefit along with other friends including the Part-Time Blues Band, Robin and Tony Rogers, Donna Duncan, WSNB, Max Drake, Sheila Carlisle and Mac Arnold. Double Door Inn (Shukla)

Amy Lavere "I think it's one of the best records I've ever made," says Jim Dickinson, the producer of Amy Lavere's brand new release, Anchors & Anvils. If you didn't already know, Memphis legend Dickinson has produced, among others, Big Star and the Replacements, so it's safe to say he knows his shit. The comely Lavere turned heads in Walk the Line and Black Snake Moan, but her music is every bit as alluring: sultry torch songs, dark old school country, gypsy tangos, blues and rock, all delivered via her double-bass and a voice that's part Patsy Cline and part Julie Cruise. Catch her now so you can say, "I saw her when." Milestone (Schacht)

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