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The Stills This Montreal outfit began life in the early 2000s as yet another post-punk band inspired by The Cure, Echo & the Bunnymen and Joy Division, earning it comparisons and shared bills with the likes of Interpol and the Rapture. Then came its sophomore effort, 2006's Without Feathers, which seemed more inspired by Muswell Hillbillies-era Kinks and fellow Canucks Broken Social Scene (the record includes a duet with BSS/Metric chanteuse Emily Haines). A talented batch of musicians who, once they settle into their own musical skins, may have their own day in the sun soon. With The Working Title. Amos' Southend. (Schacht)

Lovewhip Part of Beantown's underground electro/rock scene (and here I was thinking someone had finally put that music -- and all the attendant white belts and faux "proms" and designer drugs -- out of its misery), Lovewhip is more or less a vehicle for camp(y) counselor Erin Harpe, who dances and plays geetar and shakes her proverbial moneymaker. RIYL: The B52s, Blondie, The Faint, John Waters movies and overpriced bar drinks named after sex acts and bodily secretions. Milestone (Davis)


Modern Life is War Didn't know there was such rage in the cornfields of Iowa. This Marshalltown, Iowa-based quintet's loud and fast riffs, pummeling rhythm section and screamo vocals can take on any like-minded hardcore bands, whether they're from the urban jungle or on the run from the law in the backwoods. Nice lyrical panache, as well. Also on the bill: He is Legend, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster and House of Fools. Tremont Music Hall (Shukla)

Battles Since first hearing Battles' heralded out-there debut, Mirrored, I've been having this recurring dream where American Idol gets hijacked by pirate transmitters and the seven minutes of "Atlas" is piped into 50 million homes, complete with frenzied loops, pepper-spray guitar riffs, sychosis-inducing keys, math rock marching rhythms and Seven Dwarves vocals. Simon and Randy brawl like drunken Marines, Paula has another nervous breakdown, Ryan comes out of the closet and the pendulum marking America's cultural retardation finally heads back in the other direction. Sure, it's unlikely, but thanks to the ex-members of Helmet, Don Caballero and Lynx who make up Battles, a fella can still dream. With the Stone Figs and 2013 Wolves. Milestone (Schacht)


Chuck Brown Brown was one of the catalysts of the Washington D.C. go-go scene back in the late '70s and continues to produce sinewy, funky dance music. The bandleader and songwriter is on the road in support of his newest recording We're All About the Business. Even though go-go music never exploded into the mainstream, Brown and his cohorts continue to make fine music. Amos' Southend (Shukla)

The Bo-Stevens Don't be surprised if for a moment you turn your head thinking, is that a new Merle Haggard or Johnny Cash tune? Winston-Salem's The Bo-Stevens is quite adept at plucking good time, honky tonk country music with bits of revved rockabilly added to scoot the boots. With Jem Crossland. Puckett's Farm (Shukla)

Tim Easton Last year Easton released one of the better singer/songwriter records of recent memory in Ammunition, which combined Nashville Skyline country, Pete Seeger social lament and bedroom Cohen into a fiercely honest chronicle of love, anger, loss and resilience; "Dear Old Song & Dance" may be the most harrowing recovery song ever lived through. Gary Louris, Lucinda Williams, Tift Merritt and Jim Boquist cameo, but Easton's songwriting is too strong to let any of them hijack the songs and he's a riveting performer live. With Carrie Rodriguez at the 8 p.m. show. Evening Muse (Schacht)


Poison Longing for the days of the return of '80s hair metal? Neither am I, but those of you who are can find it in the form of Poison, performing with Ratt. After all, they "Ain't lookin' for nothing but a good time" and the "Unskinny Bop." White Lion's no longer on the bill, but that only means there will be plenty of Aqua Net to go around. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (Hahne)

The Waybacks This San Francisco-based quintet wears its love of Southern music all over its sleeves and guitar belts. The Waybacks concocts a witty and humor-laden blend of folk, country, bluegrass and tipsy string band music with just a hint of jazzy flourishes. Call it acoustic swing or fingerpicked traditional Southern music, but don't miss it. The Carolina Chocolate Drops will open. McGlohon (Shukla)


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