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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5

English Beat While London Calling, Nevermind the Bollocks, The Specials and My Aim Is True are often – and rightly – cited as pinnacles of Britain's fecund punk explosion, we shouldn't forget that the Beat's debut, I Just Can't Stop It, deserves a place among them. Jam-packed with jittery ska, rocksteady pop, an airtight rhythm section and Andy Cox's staccato guitar, Ranking Roger's toasting call for the wretched Thatcher to decamp on "Stand Down Margaret" channeled the creative Two Tone fury of the entire era into five unforgettable minutes. Two more records, though good, never quite recaptured the lightning, and despite a growing American profile, the band split up in '83 into two entities we'd all be better off forgetting. Featuring original Beat-er Dave Wakeling and hired guns, this Beat is an unabashed nostalgia trip, but it's time-travel worth taking. With RX Bandits at Neighborhood Theatre. (John Schacht)

Flogging Molly Combining elements of punk with traditional Irish music, the group is touring in support of their latest release, Float. It's a toned-down Dropkick Murphys that'll get you on your feet and dancing in no time. It's not every day that you get punk with mandolin, fiddle and whistle. Get out and celebrate an early St. Pat's. With The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band. Tremont Music Hall (Jeff Hahne)

Go Kart Mozart Though California band Go Kart Mozart has only been together since January of 2007, they have already begun to make a name for themselves and will hit over 30 states to promote their debut album Oh Yeah, released in August. Their alternative pop style draws influences from the west coast sing-along band Weezer and Chicago-born Fall Out Boy. Playing with Cloud Minder. Snug Harbor (Chey Scott)

THURSDAY, MARCH 6

The Bowmans Twin sisters The Bowmans play the sort of hum-a-long, harmony-laden folk that's a tad too fluffy, but to their credit, the Brooklyn-based duo insert a haunting layer that can't be ignored. Vocalist Claire and guitarist/vocalist Sarah write and play as if they're sittin' on a laid-back porch, albeit with a more urban approach. The gals are on the road singing songs from their recent disc Far From Home. With Paleface and Autumn in August. The Evening Muse (Samir Shukla)

Jamie McLean Band McLean's work with his own band is more rocking and rolling than his work as a guitarist with the jazz-funk ensemble Dirty Dozen Brass Band, his day gig for the past six years. McLean's newest record, American Heartache, is about to hit the streets and the boys are busy tearing up gin joints up and down the coast with their blues-affected Southern rock. Double Door Inn (Shukla)

FRIDAY, MARCH 7

Das EFX/Lords of the Underground Das EFX, known to their fans as Skoob and Drayz (or Dre), are former members of EPMD's Hit Squad, and perhaps best known to the world at large for their mid-90s song "They Want EFX," the higgity/wiggity bomb-diggity track which came to define their self-proclaimed "sewage" style. Problem is, they never really got jiggy with updating their gimmicky delivery. Still fun for about five songs, though. They'll be appearing with Lords of the Underground, a drum-taut trio whose "Chief Rocka" is just that – one of the best songs to come out of the New York scene ever. Interesting factoid: Lord "DoItAll" appears as one of the men entering the diner in the final scene of The Sopranos. Club Eclipse (Davis)

Sleepsound The quite-likeable Leaves Change, Sleepsound's debut EP, is a little bit Bejar (Dan from Destroyer), a little Bird (Andrew) and a whole lotta blue. It's a piano-heavy platter not too far removed from the small-budget/big idea(l)s school of songwriting, a sleek-sounding machine still feeling its oats but aching to run roughshod with the thoroughbreds of big-picture pop. It's an anxious record, and a little light in spots, but it's also a heck of an introduction to a band well worth keeping your eyes on. With Transmission Fields, Jon Phillips. Snug Harbor (Davis)

SATURDAY, MARCH 8

Birds of Avalon Metal-chromed and punk-fueled, the Birds of Avalon are led by ex-Cherry Valence guitarists Cheetie Kumar and Paul Siler. The flailing guitars are still there, but the couple adds new elements with a fresh crew of musicians. The Raleigh-based BOA expands its oeuvre with inlaid, yet flowing psychedelic balladry and stoner rock flourishes. The band is hitting the road in support of their fine new, Mitch Easter-produced, E.P. Outer Upper Inner. Also on the bill are La Cho Cha Loca and Young Sons. Milestone (Shukla)

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