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WEDNESDAY 1.7

Jerry Chapman & His Evil Herbivores -- Jerry Chapman fronted the regional power-pop band Life In General before forming the current outfit. There are no tricks up his sleeve, just energetic barroom rock that relies on solid songwriting and playing. The music wouldn't be out of place on either classic or alterna-rock radio stations. The band has a new double-disc release called Rumors of My Death, and the second disc features all covers, ranging from Blue Oyster Cult to the Smiths. Also on the bill are The Bad Daddies and The Saving Graces. The Evening Muse (Shukla)

FRIDAY 1.9

Marat -- The quartet is a mix of North Carolina music veterans who take their collective backgrounds and cover a guitar-drenched expanse of rock. Michael Rank's guitar rumbles and reverberates with a resonant howl, a departure -- albeit a small one -- from his garage guitar duties in his other band, Snatches of Pink. The Venue on 5th (Shukla)

SATURDAY 1.10

Djinn -- A Djinn is a legendary spirit capable of assuming human or animal form and able to do supernatural things to common folk. The band Djinn offer more melodic hard rock mixed with moody inflections. It's a little gothic without giving up any heaviness, and they are a part of the Mullet Militia, a loose posse of like-minded rockers looking to create a scene. With Cerebrum and Subculture. Tequila Sky (Shukla)

Jennyanykind -- Chapel Hill's Jennyanykind have a new (sort of -- the album was first released on the Internet early last year) 15-song record out now on Charlotte's MoRisen Records. Entitled Peas and Collards, it's much in the vein of their previous effort, I Need You, which was something of a lo-fi hypno-gospelized jazzsterpiece (eat your heart out, James Joyce!) To the uninitiated, the music of the brothers Holland may take a few minutes to get into. Once that train starts a-rollin', however, you'll want to ride it wherever it takes you. The Venue on 5th (Davis)

Patty Hurst Shifter -- The Triangle-area sorta-supergroup Patty Hurst Shifter have a great new straight-ahead rock album out, Beestinger Lullabies, that recently received national distribution. A sort of "Exile on Franklin Street," it's one of the purest rock records this state's released in quite some time. For No Depression junkies: Former Whiskeytown drummer Skillet Gilmore mans the skins for the group, and the band also features ex-Glory Fountain drummer (and onetime Ryan Adams doppelganger) Johnny Williams on bass. The Room (Davis)

Punk Wars '04 -- A showcase for both local and regional bands, as well as a platform for social and political awareness, the event sold out the Casbah last year and is well on its way to doing so again this year. Local acts like My So-Called Band, Choke Their Rivers With Our Dead, and Minority Party share the stage with more (in)famous bands like Raleigh's Between the Buried and Me, Circle Takes the Square (Savannah), Kodan Armada (Louisville) and Shadows and the Silence (Virginia), among others. The Tremont's doors open early (5pm), but the all-ages show runs till midnight. Tremont Music Hall (Schacht)

Sean Costello -- Yes, he's a young white dude. No, I don't know the extent of the man's encounters with the blues. His latest platter, Moanin' for Molasses (Landslide Records), certainly evidences mucho technical chops, but I've always thought the true sign of blues greatness was in playing hardly any notes at all and still making the song swing like a big-time Hollywood producer on Viagra. Costello's certainly not there yet, but his fretwork is undeniable and ought to please the yee-haw SRV crowd and the older cats alike. Double Door Inn (Davis)

Tater -- North Carolina's Tater hark from the western hills, so there's plenty of good old forms of American music here, and the traditional bluegrass is pieced together with enough rock and country twists to keep things on a wider contemporary tip. So, expect something more encompassing than a night of bluegrass; maybe more jam-oriented newgrass. F150 will warm up as openers. Visulite Theatre (Shukla)

SUNDAY 1.11

Josh Lederman Y Los Diablos -- They probably chose the venue 'cause they knew there'd be Guinness on tap. The self-proclaimed kings of Irish-Jewish-Cajun-Folk-Punk return to Charlotte in support of their recent release on Nine Mile Records, The Town's Old Fair. The Boston-based band members don't take themselves too seriously, though their new disc belies any joke-rock suggestions; comparisons with the Pogues and the Old 97s (pre-pop turn) are not without merit. Expect a lot of hops-inspired madness for a Sunday night. Ri Ra (Schacht)

TUESDAY 1.13

Dwele / Scratch -- The 20-something Dwele -- a street-certified Detroit Rap City product -- is something of a male Badu, accent on the bad (meaning good). A rapper-turned-crooner, Dwele's consistently loose flow is delivered over tight coffee-shop boom-bap, which helps create a nice tension between the mind and that ass which soon follows. It's more of a nod to Talib Kweli than Ja Rule, and as such manages to keep one's interest long past the first couple of listens. With Dwele is Scratch from The Roots, who is probably worth the price of admission all by his lonesome. Tonic (Davis)

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