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Chuck Prophet The one-time member of seminal cosmic country rockers Green on Red has released some great solo discs, specifically 1997's guitar-happy Homemade Blood and 2000's more experimental The Hurting Business, which sounded like Joe Henry run through Beck's sampler: weirdly good. Subsequent releases haven't quite hit those same heights, but there's always a few soulful twangers capable of taking your breath away, and rockin' numbers to remind you that Prophet's guitar playing is impeccable. Visulite Theatre (John Schacht)

Major stars The Major Stars are bringing their banging and screeching style to the Queen City. The band has been going for more than a decade led by husband and wife, Wayne Rodgers and Kate Biggar. In its latest lineup, Major Stars have gone from losing one member to adding three and have been bouncing around the East Coast from Boston to Brooklyn, Philly and DC. Milestone (Mike McCray)


Dirty Dozen Brass Band Having recently played a parcel of dates with Modest Mouse, another group with a funky little hitch in its giddy-up, the Dirty Doz continue, almost 30 years after forming, to ham it up like men half their age. Part brass band (duh) and part the best bar band you ever saw, the fellers pull in all of NOLA's disparate musical influences – calypso, blues, reggae, even some Latin flair – but never lose sight of the ultimate goal: gettin' folk off. Bring yer high-heeled sneakers. With Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad. Visulite Theatre (Timothy C. Davis)

Stuck Mojo When they first hit the gin joints in the early '90s they were dismissed as wannabe metal rappers. But the Atlanta boys have persevered, and guitarist Rich Ward continues to forge a mélange of rap, metal, and hard rock. With a new singer/rapper in tow, Stuck Mojo returns with a hard, bouncy new recording tagged Southern Born Killers and accompanying neck snappin' tour. With Hatefist and Vendetta. Amos' Southend (Samir Shukla)


MISS TESS AND BON TON PARADE Boston-based Miss Tess will bring along her band for their Muse debut. Tess goes through styles ranging from ragtime to country, blues to swing. She released two albums last year – her debut with the Bon Ton Parade, Modern Vintage, and an album of jazz standards, When Tomorrow Comes. There's no doubting her old-school style that's reminiscent of the female-centric Squirrel Nut Zippers tunes. Evening Muse (Hahne)

Dexter Romweber Duo Former Flat Duo Jet Romweber and his sis Sara have a glut of glittery admirers – R.E.M., X and, most recently, Jack White – but were never able to translate those huzzahs into much commercial success. Could be the pair were a little ahead of their time with their chick-on-the-skins, stripped down, melt-your-face-with-feedback thing later polished by admirers like Jucifer and White's band The White Stripes. In need of a history lesson? Check out Two Headed Cow, a 2007 doc about the Flat Duo Jets, or the companion album of live dates, both of which show the Jets flying high (circa '86) with fuel to burn. With The Flat Tires, Andy the Doorbum. Tremont Music Hall (Davis)

Songs of Water Here's an eclectic musical ensemble featuring multiple instruments with multiple players. Songs of Water take detours to the musical realms of the Middle East and Asia while collecting multi-cultural sounds along the way with an improv-driven weave of jazz, acoustic, classical and world music. The end result is often gorgeous and contemplative where the compositions are further perked with percussive intonations. With Zoumana Diabate. The Evening Muse (Shukla)

Tom Principato This long-running guitar slinger tweaks mighty sounds out of a Telecaster as easily as most of us clap. Whether his blues are careening and flaming hot or gently teased with Latin rhythms, Principato keeps old blues alive in the digital age. His new disc, Raising the Roof!, further blends rock and even New Orleans R&B into his D.C.-based blues amalgam. Double Door Inn (Shukla)

Tuesday, June 24

Tiësto One of the globe's foremost trance DJs, Tiësto mixes throbbing beats and spacey sounds to create progressive dance music and soundscapes. He is known to do marathon sets, going up to six hours at a time. The Netherlands native's newest disc is In Search of Sunrise 7 – Asia. Over the past decade Tiësto has catapulted his vibes and become a sought-after producer/remixer with his own imprints and numerous compilations that are legendary in the world of electronica and dance. The Forum (Shukla)

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