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Shelby Lynne This jazz-country chanteuse knows how to wrap vocals around a lyric, no matter how simple the words may be. Her most recent disc, Just a Little Lovin', is a prime showcase of Lynne's range and vocal inflection. On this recording she reinterprets Dusty Springfield songs with a spare jazz and stripped-down pop flair, without forgetting her country touch. David McMillin will open. Neighborhood Theatre (Samir Shukla)


Los Lonely Boys The three brothers hit it big a couple of years ago with the Grammy-winning song, "Heaven." The recently recorded their third album, Forgiven, which is expected to be released this summer. The band plays their own style of music which they've dubbed Texican Rock 'n' Roll, combining Tejano influences with rock, blues, soul and country. Visulite Theatre (Jeff Hahne)


Between the Buried & Me The boys in Between the Buried and Me pretty much all call North Carolina (specifically, Raleigh) home, even as their touring schedule now has them canvassing the country (and damn near the globe). Last time I saw the guys live, the crowd went apeshit for their operatic emo-core, screaming along throughout the entire set. And why not? Every song has more fake climaxes than a month's worth of pornos. Those a bit older might find it a bit taxing after a while, but if it's sheer release you're after – staged or otherwise – they're well worth checking out. With Giant, Lye by Mistake, and Knives Exchanging Hands. Amos' SouthEnd (Timothy C. Davis)

Sleepy Horses Since moving to Athens, Ga., from Texas in 2005, the band Sleepy Horses (in particular, lead vox-n-guitarists Nic and Brandi Goodson) has found out that, as the saying goes, absence really can make the heart grow fonder. Which is not to say they're not enjoying their time down South, but rather that their wide-open spaces, desert-echo, quasi-Calexico sound is more apparently Texican than ever. Their Somewhere Out West, Lonesome For You is Tele-drenched and steel-spiked and is worth a spin or three, especially if you've got a soft spot for, say, Buck Owens and Red Volkaert. The Evening Muse (Davis)

The Ruby Suns/Le Loup New Zealand's The Ruby Suns just released the gorgeously offbeat Sea Lion, a summer cocktail of Brian Wilson pop harmonies (band leader Ryan McPhun originally hails from Ventura Beach), Maori and Kenyan rhythms, Buddhist drones, Bali Hi sing-alongs, folk-y field recordings, found sound, autoharp glissandos and lots more sonic shenanigans you need to hear to believe. Le Loup, the brainchild of Sam Simkoff, is a septet out of D.C. and the slightly darker but no less compelling side of the same aesthetic coin, only with banjo, piano, and glorious full-band vocals taking a more central role. Their 2007 debut references Dante's Inferno and is named after James Hampton's (in)famous piece of super-obsessive outsider art, The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly, explaining, at least in part, the band's more wistful patina. With locals Black Congo, NC and Secondhand Stories. Milestone (John Schacht)


Michael Burks Imbued with a steely blue-collar work ethic, Burks' blues are stacked with a primal guitar attack and gruff, whisky vocals. Not unlike his role model Albert King. Burks lays down a similarly fired-up brand of blues law. The guitarist/vocalist and songwriter plays the blues with steady firepower and ranks, in this scribe's opinion, among an elite group of blues torchbearers. Burks' newest recording, Iron Man, should be on the streets about the time he comes through town. Double Door Inn (Shukla)

Simplified CD Release Charlotte-based quartet Simplified write breezy pop songs that are best enjoyed with a summertime cocktail in hand. There's a touch of Dave Matthews and a hint of Jack Johnson in the mix where lead singer/songwriter Clee Laster guides the pop-rockers through a maze of rock, jazz, reggae and even light funk. Simplified are releasing their new disc, Elephant Sky, solidly recorded with their usual sunny dispositions at Charlotte's GAT3 Productions. Visulite (Shukla)


Ludo Ludo's latest, You're Awful, I Love You, is like a horror, comedy and romance movie all bundled up and wrapped in punk melodies; but they've got more going for them then just melodramatics. With rhythm guitar sections ripping through catchy and ironic lyrics, it's no surprise "Love Me Dead" aired on MTV last month. With Angwish and Liam and Me. Tremont Music Hall (Chey Scott)

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