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Joey Belladonna Anthrax, the band with which Belladonna sang with for many years (present for most of the group's salad days, he was replaced by former Armored Saint yowler John Bush in 1992), was always one of the strangest birds in the metal aviary, and Belladonna, with his jet-black, flowing perm, Steve Perry-on-uppers voice and NYC take on the hair metal blues, was its unmistakable beak. Belladonna's set is said to feature a solid amount of Anthrax Faves ("Got The Time," "Among The Living") along with some solo set pieces from various projects over the years. With Restless Oblivion and Black Ritual. Amos Southend (Timothy C. Davis)


The Lonely H Definitely not to be confused with the grunge-flavored two-piece Local H, this Washington-state outfit instead takes its cues from our region – circa the 1970s – and plays a funk-flavored, riff-happy, occasionally deep-fried or twangy Southern rock that sounds like a mash-up of The Black Crowes, The Allman Brothers, The Band and Big Star. The mix occasionally gets muddled, but otherwise they breathe fresh air into an otherwise moribund genre just through their enthusiasm alone. With Bandazian and Sikamor Rooney. Snug Harbor (John Schacht)

Capleton What keeps Capleton at the upper rungs of reggae stardom is his knack for mixing damn infectious dancehall with Rastafarian mysticism. It's this Jamaican blend that helps avoid the incessant repetition so common in dancehall reggae. His self-adulation and occasional forays into homophobic lyrics aside, the thick, rapid-fire toasting is blanketed by booming rhythms layered with classic roots rhythms. Tremont Music Hall (Samir Shukla)

East Coast Dirt Asheville-based funk and jam quartet's self-coined "sneaker boogaloo" is a whirling, twirling weave of free jazz, rock guitar, Latin elements, bopping percussion, drum 'n' bass sprinkles, and spacey psychedelic detours. That's an earful, but the veteran musicians ably coax the parts into a whole and an adventurous vibe is born. Paradigm will open. Double Door Inn (Shukla)

The Blue Dogs The Carolina boys are an area favorite, playing rock based in Americana. They've cut back their touring schedule – they've been in the business for 20 years and need some rest, right? The only new release they have planned is a live DVD, so look for more of the same from these guys this time around. Visulite (Jeff Hahne)


Islands This Montreal sextet, born from the ashes of experimentalist indie faves The Unicorns, started off promisingly in 2006 with wildly inclusive debut that featured everything from twang to calypso and rap. But their Anti- debut Arm's Way has been getting mixed reviews, mostly for abandoning the band's kitchen sink approach for a more unified indie pop sound that's nowhere near as playful. Live, though, the band is said to tear shit up. With AWOL and Crayonsmith. Neighborhood Theatre. (Schacht)

Hammerlock Cali's redneck punk rockers, led by good ol' boy and good ol' gal couple Travis (guitar, vocals) and Liza Kenney (bass, vocals), have been trouncing crowds with their Southern-fried sleaze rock since forming in the unlikely, decidedly un-Southern burb of San Francisco in the mid-'90s. Somewhere in Bay Area Southern rock had a head on collision with metal and punk to sprout Hammerlock. Also on the bill: The Flat Tires and Deviltones. Milestone (Shukla)


Jill Scott True, Scott's music does contain lots of "can-do" rhetoric – she can even "stain and polyurethane," as she sings in "The Fact Is (I Need You)" of off 2004's Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Volume II – that could be misconstrued, upon first listen, as mere cocksure artifice. However, Scott doesn't make these proclamations by claiming that she can do any of these things better than you – knuckle-headed separatist boasting being the Achilles heel of most current soul – but that she can, in fact, do them, and furthermore can do anything she damn well wants to – which, it seems, includes releasing beautifully human contemporary soul records that espouse positivity over posturing, sensuality over sexuality, and emotional heft over erotic huff and puff. Ovens Auditorium (Davis)


Dave Matthews Band He's the Kenny Chesney of the hippie-rock circuit – you can pretty much set your seasonal watch by his regular summer concerts. The boys are headed back to the Queen City. Last year, they played a couple of new songs and I wouldn't be surprised to hear a few more this time around. For the first time in 10 years, Tim Reynolds will be touring with DMB all summer. With Michael Franti and Spearhead. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (Hahne

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