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The Howlies A garage rock version of, um, Lou Rawls? Atlanta's Howlies are like listening to old-timey garage rock on vinyl. They rock with the hisses and scratches intact. The blokes also write quirky blues-inflected "ballads" with the ole Barry White/Lou Rawls styled manly banter embedded in between the crooning. The Howlies then crank the guitars and amps again and return to the blues and booze-infused garage. With Broken Strings. Snug Harbor (Samir Shukla)

R.I.S.E. (Rising Appalachia) The sister-duo of Rising Appalachia, Leah and Chloe Smith, is aptly named as they create mighty fine old-time Appalachian music, you know the fiddling, picking and dancing type. The gals are much more musically adventurous, though, and unravel the traditional mountain musical forms of folk and bluegrass and concoct an almost eerie sound with fiddle, washboard, djembe, trumpet and the ever present banjo wrapped around folky harmonies. The Evening Muse (Shukla)

Robin Rogers Local blues belter Rogers has laid it down as well as anybody over the last decade or more, and shows no outward signs of slowing down. She's got a soulful voice that manages to be both honeyed and ruff-hewn all at once, she's a better-than-average harp player, and she's got the good sense to throw in a few well-placed traditional interpretations (she does a mean "Hesitation Blues") in with the original, secular/sacred stuff. Yesteryears (Timothy C. Davis)


Mark Mathis You may know him as the front man for local post-indie rockers Public Radio, but Mark Mathis turns out to have the troubadour folk gene, too. Loaded with plucked banjos, washboard percussion and high-and-lonesome pedal steel, Mathis' most recent solo disc, We Both Was Young, blends downcast narratives and upbeat country shuffles to come across like a Mark Kozelek/Tom Petty (the Mudcrutch Petty) hybrid. None too shabby, in other words. With Lauris Vidal (late show). The Evening Muse (John Schacht)

AC/DC How much can you really say about these guys that people don't already know? The band's last album was the Wal-Mart only Black Ice that showed the guys still have it after all these years. Witness Angus Young rockin' like a maniac in a school-boy's uniform as Brian Johnson screams his lungs out. Time Warner Cable Arena (Jeff Hahne)


Paleface Maybe you didn't score tickets for The Avett Brothers on Dec. 30 and/or 31, but even if you did, here's a chance to see the opener for those shows. With Mo on the drums, Paleface strums his acoustic guitar and is sure to have people take notice of his laid-back Americana style and great grooves. After performing at the last Homebrew release party, he sold out of all the albums he brought with him. His next disc is due in the spring on Ramseur Records. Snug Harbor (Hahne)


Murdercycle Composed of former headz from Ublisch (still the greatest marketed Charlotte band of all time – dudes had a buzz before they ever played a show) and Seducer (among others), Murdercycle have a sound that's muscular yet lithe, in the vein of someone like the Hellacopters, or, in trippier moments, someone like Early Man or Robedoor. What's more, they can also torch(e) you with robot riffage straight out of the Kyuss playbook. Yer pharmaceutical-friendly show of the week. With Weedeater, The Smoking Rocks, Sons of Tonatiuh, Moanuh Greazuh. Milestone (Davis)

Hope for Agoldensummer More than just a band breathing life into too-often rote folk music forms, Campbell sisters Claire and Page (along with main band mate Deb Davis) hand-make much of their voluminous merch, which includes everything but the plastic discs from 2007's excellent Adriane Thread (for instance). It's part of the music's aesthetic, the way they see it: If you're gonna sing it, live it. Of course, without the slow waltzes that seem carved from Georgia's clay, the junkyard percussion, and sibling harmonies that mesh like cicadas and dusk, that all would matter a little less. With Buschovski and The Houstons. Neighborhood Theatre (Schacht)

Buschovski Sure Charlotte's eclectic musical hermit Todd Busch'll make you scratch your head trying to peg his music. But that's natural. Buschovski, Todd and a slew of musical companions, compose pop gems that are classically stroked and touched with jazz and rock. Busch (piano/vocals/guitar) and company's orchestral and genre-free pop nuggets are in the offing tonight in celebration of the release of their long-awaited new recording. Also on the bill are Hope for agoldensummer and The Houstons. Neighborhood Theatre (Shukla)

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