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THE BRIDGE Jazzy jam quintet from Baltimore meshes blues, roots-rock, bluegrass and even R&B into a danceable -- thanks to the perky percussion -- vibe. The improv is further tightened with the aid of sax, mandolin and a steady rhythm section. If you dig Morphine and US3, then by all means take a stroll on this bridge. Greensboro's The Mantras will open. Visulite (Shukla)

CAPELTON Capelton can balance boombastic dancehall numbers with soulful, roots-laden rasta reggae. His forward-looking mix keeps dance floors packed, Hip-hoppers bangin' and traditional reggae lovers smiling. Capelton has toned down his early sexually charged lyrics for more romanticism laced with spirituality of late. Capelton can handle crossover territory but never strays far from the roots. It's also the 10th Anniversary party for Reggae Central. Tremont Music Hall (Shukla)

THE FUTURE KINGS OF NOWHERE This Durham collective plays music that bristles with electricity -- which is significant in that they're an all-acoustic act. Unlike other unplugged Carolinian bands whose punk aesthetic often manifests in sparse instrumentation, this 7-10 member group adds trumpet, sax, trombone, accordion and saw to the mix. Their self-titled debut veers comfortably between up-tempo Weezer-like pop punk and the duskier sides of Devotchka, Calexico or Pinetop 7. As their press aptly states, it's "music for people who are angrier than Peter, Paul or Mary, but nicer than Henry Rollins." With Beloved Binge and Ben Gelnet. Milestone (Schacht)


CHEVELLE Chevelle is a Chicago-based trio whose ultra-emotive rock is further fueled by punk ethos and youthful abandon. The trio can create quite a ruckus, as the newest recording Vena Sera quite succinctly showcases. Finger Eleven will open. Amos' Southend (Shukla)

THE SAMMIES/STONE FIGS A double-billing of two QC acts should provide a glimpse into a small corner of the rock side of the Charlotte music scene. MoRisen's The Sammies are currently touring up and down the east coast while Stone Figs recently had a few gigs down in Miami. While The Sammies lean toward an old-school rock, Stone Figs find themselves in a new wave state of mind. Snug Harbor (Hahne)

JIMMY & THE TEASERS/THE BUTCHERS/THE HEELS Three rock acts in one bill is a tough act to follow. Garage-rockers from Elon Jimmy & The Teasers of Elon will headline the bill that also features Pennsylvania's The Butchers -- they play more of a retro 60s rock. Throw them in a classic venue, and it should be a good night for all. Milestone. (Hahne)


JULIE ROBERTS She's found her niche in mid-tempo ballads and tearjerkers in the land of country music. Roberts' most recent recording, Men and Mascara, doesn't jump off the jukebox but she's got the smarts to stay a couple of steps ahead of the samey pop country gurgling out of Nashville on a regular basis. She may not be as rowdy as Gretchen Wilson, but Roberts can get a roadhouse pumping, if needed. Visulite (Shukla)

SNAGGLEPUSS/CALABI YAU A nice dual bill here featuring two local acts on different ends of the sonic spectrum. The long-running 'Puss is a sprawling seven-member collective named after a late-50s/early-60s Hanna-Barbera cartoon character and known for their 80s-inspired pop punk (think Pylon, B-52s and early R.E.M.). Their latest, The Sound Report, dropped in March and is, simply put, dance-tastic. Calabi Yau, on the other hand, is an explosive three-piece that takes its name from string theory, but you'd be lax relegating them to the math-rock bin since you're more likely to hear strains of the Minutemen or Albert Ayler breakdowns in their astral adventurism. Snug Harbor (Schacht)

LYFE JENNINGS After finding inspiration from Erykah Badu during a 10-year prison sentence for arson, Jennings found success one month after his release on the stage of the Apollo Theatre in early 2003. He's still touring in support of 2006's The Phoenix, but you can expect new music this summer. This intimate performance will be a 21+ event to help celebrate his birthday. It's also the after party for The Step Fest and a BMX 7 Series event to help celebrate Black Music Month. Amos' Southend (Hahne)


BROKEN TEETH Led by the howling frontman Jason McMaster, Broken Teeth pay tribute to 70s hard rockers while adding the bombast of AC/DC and ilk. The band, featuring ex-members of Broken Toys and Dirty Looks, pumps the last bit of testosterone into their whisky-soaked rawk. Also on the bill this evening: La Cho Cha Loca and Strip City Sinners. Milestone (Shukla)

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