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The Love Language Essentially a one-man band, Stuart McLamb writes, plays, records and mixes his disheveled pop in the shadows of Cary, N.C. The Love Language straddles multiple genres and styles but there's a method to the madness where quirky little pop songs spring from the amps. The recorded stuff is decidedly lo-fi, but guest comrades should fill out the sound in the live setting. With Alela Diane. Evening Muse (Shukla)

Mego Dirge Charlotte's Mego Dirge have been dispatching their brand of stop-go-stop prog grunge and metal around the region for a batch of years. Sure, the trio takes cues from Helmet, Fugazi and like-minded blokes, but the gents' hops and barley fueled rawk never forgets the fun, nor is it easily pegged. The bill also features Left with Ashes. Snug Harbor (Shukla)


Audioform This woefully unsung jazz-funk posse originated in Charlotte and has spread vibes throughout the southeast and choice burbs around the country. The bass and guitar and percussion lay the foundation for the aural agitation of sax, trumpet, flute, and assorted horns to soak even the most inert listener with nothing less than soul. With Dubconscious. Neighborhood Theatre (Shukla)

The Delta Drift Old school blues-rock, southern blues and boogie is just as good as any descriptor, and is the backdrop the Delta Drift uses to take detours into folk, country and acoustic roots music. The veteran musicians ably linger in a folk-rock song for a spell and can just as easily crank it up for psychedelia-tinged rock. Double Door Inn (Shukla)

Slough Feg Taking cues from Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and other late 70s and 80s headbangers, Slough Feg also dissolve metallic acid treatments into their riffage, which could be explained because the Philly-birthed band is currently settled in the San Francisco Bay Area. Their new album, Hardworlder, carves out folky, contemporary power metal via Mike Scalzi's guitar techniques. Also on the bill: Poontanglers and Twisted Tower Dire. Milestone (Shukla)

Haw-Ass This Spartanburg, S.C., quartet features ex-members of the Hell Mary, the Pygmies and The Shades, and plays a brand of southern-fried rock 'n' roll potent enough to get a contact drunk from. Their slurred moniker fits their punk-informed trucker's twang to a tee, recalling acts as far-ranging as Jason & the Scorchers, Lynyrd Skynyrd and early Steve Earle. If you can't catch 'em tonight, they'll be hawing ass across town to the Milestone the next night to play with the Von Ehrics and A Few Hours Till Freedom. With Lambhandler and Jellico this night. Snug Harbor. (Schacht)

Transmission Fields This is the back end of a CD release party twin-bill, with the local quartet celebrating the release of their pop-inflected full-length debut, Words, Numbers and Phonetic Sounds. Crafted with a strong ear for multi-part harmonies, and an obvious fondness for gentle synth and keyboard baubles, the T-Fields' user-friendly melodies land somewhere between Beulah's quirk and Coldplay's orchestral swoon on the sounds-like meter. With gogoPilot at the late show, after the Near Misses CD release party. Evening Muse (Schacht)

Cowboy Mouth At what point is it okay to bag on an act from New Orleans? While their live shows are spoken of in rapturous terms – mostly from Abercrombied fratboys and PR flacks – I have to say I've never really got what John Thomas Griffith is getting on about. Or, perhaps better put, I get it, but I get it in the same way that I get, you know, overcooked green beans – edible, and common enough, but not something I'd necessarily want the recipe for. Amos' Southend (Davis)

Wink Keziah and Delux Motel Charlottean Keziah's put in his time, doing stints with Rollin' Tumbleweeds, the pre-DBT Adam's House Cat and six years with the Houdauls. Now on his own, Keziah's PBR-b-cue rural rock, country soul and honk hybrid sounds like ... well, it sounds like it came from an honest-to-god person. Instead of coming across as some sort of regrettable roots fusion, it evidences what seems like a solid cross-section of real life, and all the accompanying ups and downs that entails. With David Holtzclaw. The Americana, Pineville (Davis)

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