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Mushroomhead Formed in 1993, Cleveland's masked noise mongers mash barking vocals, guitars, bass and percussion with slices of industrial mayhem. It usually works in their favor as the gents have become veterans of their chosen theatrics. No new recording seems to be in the pipeline since last year's Savior Sorrow, but there's plenty of back material, including horror film soundtracks, to draw the noise from. Amos' Southend (Shukla)

The Ettes Recently feted by Magnet as one of their "Bands to Watch," The Ettes are a two-groovy-gals/one-lucky-dude trio playing no-bullshit rock in two- and three-minute nuggets of fuzzed-out garage bliss. It's loud and aroused, and inspired by early Kinks, Stones and Stooges grit, Phil Spector's girl bands, as well as Coco Hames' Nancy Sinatra-like growl. Their debut, Shake the Dust, was recorded in London with White Stripes producer Liam Watson and it's a 34-minute firecracker. They liked it so much they did it twice, recently finishing the follow-up there with Watson again. With Red Limo. Milestone (Schacht)


Jim Lauderdale N.C.-bred, Nashville-based Lauderdale is a roots music catalyst and elder. He hasn't quite achieved wide stardom but his songs have been sung by many major names in country and bluegrass. His progressive country and backwoods bluegrass has an immediacy and warmth. Lauderdale is touring in support of his newest recording, The Bluegrass Diaries. Patchwerk Playhaus (Shukla)


Liz Melendez Band Atlanta's Melendez has a molasses-drenched bluesy voice and a distinct guitar style schooled in sweet guitar licks ala Santana and thick picking ala Stevie Ray Vaughan. With the help of her scrap back-up band, she infuses healthy chunks of rock and jazz to round it all out. She is known to do complete Vaughan tribute shows every few months. Double Door Inn (Shukla)

Autopassion Can't quite wrap the ole fingers around this Winston-Salem combo. The quintet spew a mishmash of pop, new wave and other rock genres that may sound a tad underdeveloped, but there's a layering of quirky melodicism that lingers with promises of things to come. The Young Sons and Tiger Thief are also on the bill. Snug Harbor (Shukla)

Rosie Thomas The Seattle-based singer/songwriter first earned attention as a member of the 90s' dream pop band Velour 100, but in recent years earned ink for her duets with the underrated Damien Jurado. Problem is, Jurado sounds better on his own, and Thomas' solo material sounds too much like Joni Mitchell filtered through Chan Marshall. Thomas and her breathy voice are paired with Sufjan Stevens on her latest, These Friends of Mine, to greater effect. Opening for Over the Rhine. Visulite (Schacht)

Greg Trooper Jersey boy Trooper's last release, 2005's Make it Through This World, continued his critically acclaimed, consumer-ignored string of tasteful, mature story-song-based records. Yes, the Springsteen influence is obvious. What might not be so obvious – at least to most of America – is that Trooper, while lacking a slam-bang outfit like the E Street Band, may be the more subtle, literary songwriter at this point – see "This I'd Do" off of World. There's nothing here even close to edgy, mind you, just the rounded corners of experience. With DAM Combo, Justin Kyle Hasty, John Earle, Sean Lee. The Evening Muse (Davis)

Over The Rhine Vocalist Karin Bergquist and jack-of-all-instruments Linford Detweiler have pumped out their (self-described) "post-nuclear, pseudo-alternative, folk-tinged art-pop" for over 15 years now. Their recent best of collection is probably the best introduction to the band – outside, of course, of seeing their live show, filled as it is with analog warmth and codeine-laced melodies. It'll rock you to sleep – in a good way. With Rosie Thomas. Visulite Theatre (Davis)


Circa Survive The Philly youngsters craft music that flows rather than blasts out of the amps, a welcome respite for the eardrums. It's intriguing to have an emo-influenced band that's subtly intense yet is moody and expansive. Screamo has its place, but Circa Survive obviously lean on progressive and melodic emo that's playfully experimental. The band's new disc, On Letting Go, is bubbling with effects-encouraged guitars and frontman Anthony Green's sweet crooning. Also on the bill: Ours, Fear Before the March of Flames, and Dear and the Headlights. Tremont Music Hall (Shukla)

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