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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10

Corinne West West's voice is sweetly somber and gets inside your head and stays there till her tale is told. Her music gathers all sorts of roots and berries of American music but is foundationally tucked into acoustic folk and bluegrass. West apparently hit the road in her mid-teens with a traveling troupe of artist and partisans, and that experience seems to have instilled a sense of independence in her music including most recent recording Second Sight. The Evening Muse (Shukla)

THURSDAY, Oct. 11

Hanson The brothers hit the charts in 1997 with a string of pop hits akin to those cranked out by the likes of Jackson 5. A decade down the road, the soul bubble gum of the cute youngsters has matured into rock and pop that maintains the trio's sunny dispositions without sounding trite. The songs on the new record, The Walk, are densely composed and lyrically astute. They've also paired up with TOMS shoes to do a walk benefit at each show. (The eldest Hanson, Isaac, was recently hospitalized. Check with venue to confirm show is not cancelled.) Amos' Southend (Shukla)

Stephen Marley One of Bob Marley's 37,000 children, Stephen has until recently been content to remain behind the scenes, writing songs and producing records for siblings Ziggy, Julian and Damian, among others. On his long-awaited debut, Mind Control, he probably sounds more like his father than anyone else in the clan; "Chase Dem" could be an Exodus outtake. He's been criticized by reggae purists for mixing R&B and hip-hop in with the riddims, and there are certainly cringe-worthy moments – the island equivalent of Countrypolitan, if you will – that should have you reaching for the Upsetters, Augustus Pablo and Papa Marley discs. Still, it ain't 1975 any more, and music, like sharks, gotta keep movin' to have any bite. Neighborhood Theatre (Schacht)

KRS-One Back in the day, KRS-One was the de facto leader of Boogie Down Productions, one of the most influential hardcore hip-hop outfits of the late 1980s. Dubbed "The Teacher" for his political commentary and social spittin' on the mic, he reached his zenith/nadir with 1990's Edutainment. On one hand, the record was a musical and lyrical success, but, on the other hand, KRS-One began to see himself as less of a rapper and more of a self-styled "philosopher": "I am poet, my words will heal you," he once rapped. Intent on becoming rap's Che, to some he merely came across as Che ... esy. Equal parts poet and punk, KRS is the Al Sharpton of the hip-hop world: everywhere and nowhere at once. With Glory Warz, The Turnah, D.C. Allstars Bar & Grill (Davis)

FRIDAY, Oct. 12

Peter Case For more than three decades, Case has dabbled into pop, new wave, roots, blues and country with usually superb results. His voice is still a treat all these years down the road, while his signature writing and playing show no signs of rusting. His latest, Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John, on which acoustic and electric blues and folk rule the roost, is more of a salute to blues legend Sleepy John Estes than a tribute. Evening Muse (Shukla)

The Ned Lucas Band Multi-instrumentalist Lucas is most potent when there's either an acoustic or electric guitar strapped around him as he rips into a blues lick. This trio's pumped-up blues-rock can stop off at either Chicago or the Delta, depending on the vibe of the evening. Lucas has been at it for some 40 years and his chops oughta make for a bopping Friday night. Double Door Inn (Shukla)

Matt Wertz and Dave Barnes Wertz' musical education began in Christian and pop bands. The soulful singer, whose voice straddles the border between Memphis soul and Philly crooning, appropriately called his newest recording Everything in Between. It's pop, R&B, rock and a touch danceable. Like-minded cohort Dave Barnes will accompany Wertz. The Gabe Dixon Band will open. Neighborhood Theatre (Shukla)

SATURDAY, Oct. 13

Summerbirds in the Cellar These Athens-by-way-of-Orlando kids craft hypnotic songs out of spiky guitar bits, keyboard swirls and synth washes. Their horribly titled debut, With the Hands of the Hunter It All Becomes Dead, successfully combines elements of post-punk and indie pop, though the lengthier cuts could do with more dynamic tension. Opening for The Octopus Project, with The Sammies. The Milestone (Schacht)

Helio Sequence Helio Sequence's 2004 Sub Pop release Love and Distance was a badass slab of swirly/squirrely guit-gaze, and to these ears, it was no less than one of the very best albums of that year. Comprised of Brandon Summers on guitar and vocals and Ben Weikel on keyboards and drums, the band sounds much, much more than the sum of their parts. Their fourth album, Keep Your Eyes Ahead, is due next January. With Minus the Bear and Tiny Vipers. Tremont Music Hall (Davis)

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