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WEDNESDAY 1.30

Jem Crossland & The Hypertonics -- Anglo Crossland leads one of the catchier trios in town, doing the surf-rockabilly thing better than most anyone not named after a small city around here and a popular men's magazine. I guess you can't really call Crossland local, but his wonderfully lyrical guitar playing transcends all sorts of geographical limits (not to mention a fine Elvis croon). With Kings of Nuthing. Fat City (Davis)

FRIDAY 2.1

All Mighty Senators -- The Senators are a self-described 'rock and soul' quartet. The translation would be straight-up funk grads from P-Funk University. They have long, hearty jams filled with waves of horns and the genre necessary boom of the rhythm section. The funk is filtered through a spacey theme and toasty vocals that give off a constant feel-good vibe. The final grade: 'dance your socks off. Visulite Theatre (Shukla)

Bellglide -- Formed by former Laburnum bandmates Adam Roth, John Cates and Taylor Short, Bellglide fit into the whole Coldplay/Doves/Travis/Starsailor thing quite well. All three of the guys are accomplished players, as those who heard some pre-Bellglide instrumental open-mics can attest. They're joined by newcomer Slappy, adept at both guitar and organ, and who sings, to boot (all while wearing the occasional tiara). Cafe Bisous (Davis)

Col. Bruce Hampton & The Code Talkers -- Hampton, known for such classics as "No Egos Underwater" and "Planet Earth," continues to purvey the gospel, country and bluegrass jam gospel, a style he helped advent on the Southern touring circuit. Featuring guitarist extraordinaire Bobby Lee Rogers, the band is getting ever more melodic, going for the most expressive note over the right one. On a good night, the results are truly revelatory. On a bad one? Still better than 90 percent of the patchouli circuit. Mojo Restaurant & Spirits (Davis)

Tennessee Triple Threat -- A tasty triple bill is on hand. First up, Nancy Apple makes her Carolinas debut with an upbeat flavor of country that swings while making you more than a bit melancholy. Her debut record is a mixed bag of cool tunes with a few throwaway ditties thrown in. Second up, Phil Lee brings his troubadour vagabond style of American music into the fold. Lee has a storyteller's word prowess and a road hardened musician's ear. The result is a few notches above the overcrowded genre. Duane Jarvis writes American tales and tunes that just stick in your brain like bubble gum to hair. The Evening Muse (Shukla)

SATURDAY 2.2

Babyshaker / Jucifer -- Admittedly, I wasn't a huge fan of Babyshaker when they first hit the scene, mostly owing to some annoying hangers-on. Their new EP, The Best Of (Madam Epiphany), is Bible-like in its ability to convert, however -- seven strong glam/slam/thank ya ma'am numbers owing debts equally to the New York Dolls, The Ramones, Supergrass, Poison, and Fifi Mahony's. You can't judge a band by its fans, after all. Jucifer, a male/female duo, do the White Stripes thing with a Southern-style flair, resembling something like Royal Trux or Verbena. Fat City (Davis)

Flickerstick -- Known best from winning VH1's mind-numbing Bands on the Run, Flickerstick play the usual scruff-alt-rocker role to the hilt, not forgetting the heavy drinking and the ironic t-shirts on stage. Not especially interesting musically, but might be sort of fun in a campy, TV screen-come-to-life kind of way (especially paired with heavy drinking). Tremont Music Hall (Davis)

Pierce Pettis -- Southern troubadour Pettis has an edgy vocal style along the lines of Duane Jarvis. State of Grace, his third album on Compass Records, is an intimate affair, a slow-burn collection of bluegrass and R&B-tinged rockers all draped in the requisite Spanish moss (but sans overly sugared, sweet-tea sentimentality). Featuring Tim O'Brien and Jonell Mosser (among others), it's worth the search. With Wes Robinson. The Evening Muse (Davis)

TUESDAY 2.5Deke Dickerson -- Deke has a thing about double-necked guitars. As a matter of fact, that's his instrument of choice, and he manages to get loads of twang out of those numerous strings. He plays rock & roll that takes you back -- say about four and a half decades. It's a blend of rockabilly, 50s greaser tunes and a touch of blues that's got a 'cowboy' feel all around it. Props do go to Dickerson for giving the sound a fresh vibe as to keep it from getting mired in an oldies click. Give a listen to one of his tunes, "Hot Rodders Lament," and all questions will be answered. Double Door Inn (Shukla)

Weezer -- Geek rock kings Weezer returned to the infectious, power pop of their debut with their third record last year. Their second record may have left fans scratching their heads with over-the-top angst-filled pop punk, but now the hooks on top of hooks are happily back. The posse leader River Cuomo, along with rest of Weezer, will invariably get many cover tributes down the road. Openers and up-and-coming punkers, Saves the Day and Ozma, seem like a nice pairing with the headliner. Cricket Arena (Shukla)

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