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WEDNESDAY, MAY 14

American Aquarium CD Release Party As you can probably guess by the Wilco-cribbing name, American Aquarium play a sort of college rock-inspired take on country rock (whatever that is). The overall lyrical reach isn't wide-ranging -- small towns, claustrophobic relationships -- but frontman B.J. Barham's at his best when he inhabits that smallest (and most infinite) of worlds, the one inside his own noggin. Check out their excellent new The Bible and The Bottle, on MySpace.com, and pick up a freshly-cellophaned copy at the gig. With Raised by Wolves. Snug Harbor (Timothy C. Davis)

THURSDAY, MAY 15

Charlotte Music Awards Jam Band Showcase featuring Incognito Mosquito The Charlotte-based Mosquito (Ansley Wynn, guitar, sampler, vocals; Chad Thompson, bass, sampler, keys; Ryan Persaud, percussion; William Stone, drums) formed back in '03, but do the party thing like it's 1999. There's tons of reference points here -- STS9, LCD Soundsystem, Daft Punk, Phish, instrumental Beasties and Herbie Hancock, for starters -- but it's an enjoyably mellow melange nonetheless, and not one you have to check your cranium at the door for. With Dead End Parking, The Mantras and Speakeasy. Double Door Inn (Davis)

FRIDAY, MAY 16

Zach Deputy South Carolinian Deputy writes warm and tropical tunes stitched with blues, roots-rock and a touch of soul. Shades of reggae and calypso color his coastal vibes, and that's no wonder since he has lived and performed along the coast for years. In the end, it's Deputy's voice and fluid guitar picking, with a nice world music layering, that makes it all intriguing. Double Door Inn (Samir Shukla)

Bang Camaro It may be a little difficult to sum these guys up due to the fact they have 19 members in their line-up (that includes 14 rotating lead vocalists taking part in what they call "gang choruses") and nearly impossible to list influences with a number like that, but they're what you get when a bevy of 80's rock fans from Boston end up on a single stage: pure hard-rock. Visulite (Chey Scott)

The Presidents of the United States of America The band released its fifth studio album, the first in three years, in March. Two of the three original members are still intact for one of the '90s most humorous bands. They had hits with "Peaches," "Kitty" and "Lump" but haven't found much success since the self-titled debut album. They went through a breakup and brief reformation before getting on full-force in 2004. There has to be some respect for a band that plays the basitar and guitbass, right? Tremont (Jeff Hahne)

The John Jorgenson Quintet Jorgenson, a member of the Desert Rose Band and the Hellecasters, also did a six-year stint as part of Elton John's band, plays marvelous American gypsy jazz softened by his classical training. His guitar can be subtle and in the backdrop or upfront and fiery. Django Rheinhardt comes to mind, but Jorgenson has been around for years and cuts his own path, where the guitar playing is nothing less than virtuosic. Evening Muse (Shukla)

SATURDAY, MAY 17

Chatham County Line Fresh off a Euro tour that saw them play Jools Holland's BBC show, as well as an April appearance on NPR's World Café, the Raleigh quartet's blue-rock-grass profile continues to swell on the strength of their best release yet, the Chris Stamey-produced IV. Dave Wilson's songs manage the neat trick of sounding both fresh and timeless; his smart narratives and the group's genuine chops separate them from their more flashy roots-revivalist contemporaries. You wouldn't think four guys playing acoustics in a single mic would generate much heat, but CCL does. Neighborhood Theatre. (John Schacht)

SUNDAY, MAY 18

Mike Doughty Before going solo, Doughty was best known as the frontman of the '90s avant-garde posse Soul Coughing. His most recent disc, Golden Delicious, is rather straightforward rock, as compared to his more eclectic earlier works. There's nothing wrong with that since Doughty can twist and turn a lyric into a fine song, where his nasally vocals add further weight to his muse. With Eric Crays. Milestone (Shukla)

TUESDAY, MAY 20

Chicago Luzern Exchange Heavy hitters from the Windy City's fecund free music scene (including three members of Fast Citizens), this quartet features an unusual twist -- there's cornet (Josh Berman), tenor sax (Keefe Jackson), and drums (Frank Rosaly), but it's Marc Unternahrer's tuba that supplies the bottom end (I suppose that makes them the Devotchka of the avant jazz scene). Monk and Ornette are wandering around the back alleys of their Delmark release, Several Lights, but their on-the-spot compositions exude improv freshness first and foremost. Note venue: The Roofless Building, 1211 Parkwood Ave. (Schacht)

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