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WEDNESDAY 5.26

Jason Hausman -- Hausman's voice is eerily reminiscent of U2's Bono, reaching operatic levels on occasion and mimicking a pedal-sustained guitar riff at other junctures. Yet his pipes don't overpower the music with that obvious "I'm the singer" zeal. His music has an '80s pop vibe mixed with bits of '90s alterna-rock. While there are hints of Brit-pop aplenty, Hausman is especially effective on the slow numbers, such as the jazz-tinged, atmospheric blues cut, "Soft Sweater Girl," off his recent EP, Hollow. Hausman will play solo and later with the Traveling Public, his full band. The Room (Shukla)

THURSDAY 5.27

The Greencards -- Winners of "Best New Band" at the most recent Austin Music Awards, The Greencards do that high-energy acoustic thing (think Nickel Creek with a lil' more edge) rather well. Their status as Austinites is rather tenuous, however, as they include two Australians (Carol Young and Kym Warner) and one lad from Great Britain (Eaton McLoughlin). All in all, however, their most recent offering, Movin' On, is a decent enough slice of jangle-grass, saved by Young's sweet vocals and Warner's Chris Thile-style mandolin runs. Neighborhood Theatre (Davis)

FRIDAY 5.28

Clifton CD Release -- Clifton Castelloe is the frontman and namesake of this NC-based band. Castelloe cut his teeth playing indie NC rock, but obviously has added a sunny California pop element after spending a few years out West, even playing and touring with an offspring of one of the Beach Boys. The band is geared to take over the radio waves with their new disc, simply titled EP, which surely is packed with the hard pop and melodic lyricism of previous efforts. With Jason Everett and One Amazin' Kid. Visulite Theatre (Shukla)

Bullship -- Rock & roll posturing isn't Bullship's strong point. The Charlotte rockers prefer minimalist math-rock laced with dissonance. Even their website forces scanning eyeballs to squint and find the teeny links to the even more minimalist "info" pages. Bullship also have a dash of Sonic Youth playfulness, albeit without the wall of feedback. Bullship obviously prefers to make every cymbal-crash, guitar-pluck and bass-thud matter, not unlike certain fluid yet acerbic prose. They are eclectic. They rock. Nuff said. The Evening Muse (Shukla)

Johnny Cash Bash -- Johnny Cash's latter-day country leanings often belied his rockabilly roots, which is something this tribute aims to rectify. Featuring The Tombstone Daddys' punky two-guitar boogie, along with Rock Hill's country rebels 4 on the Floor and The Bo-Stevens, expect this Cash Bash to be worth every penny. Double Door Inn (Davis)

Nicole Atkins y Los Parasols -- The official CD release party for the itinerant one's new EP, Summer Of Love. The six-song disc is a rough mix of garage-y rockers and twang-y ballads that captures the sound of her live band pretty concisely. It's also a farewell of sorts as Atkins, like a reverse swallow to Capistrano, heads north to her native New Jersey for the summer to hang out with Bruce Springsteen. Well, probably not The Boss part. The opener, Neil Allen's shimmering, VU-influenced Virginia Reel, are headed out of town, too, for a set of dates up north after this show. The Steeple Lounge (Schacht)

The Rosebuds -- The Rosebuds' last Merge Records release, The Rosebuds Make Out, is a 40-minute slab of unforced, catchy-as-hell, pop-inflected rock. Which is always hard as hell to write about, you see. It's not necessarily "sunny," nor does it "soar." Conversely, you cannot say it "floats on waves of melancholy," either. Verdict: Hook-laden, playful stuff, yet never puerile. Did I mention it's one of my favorite records of the last calendar year? With Bellglide. The Room (Davis)

Rush -- You know, there's a reason every other rock band plays snippets of "YYZ" and "The Spirit of Radio" between songs, and it's that the majority of us grew up on this shit. Not that it was "shit" necessarily, you understand. Yes, it was over-the-top, Geddy Lee's bird-like falsetto was always a bit too much, and Neil Peart probably didn't need the flaming gongs and all the other doo-dads he had hooked up to his fortress-like drum kit. But it did rock, albeit in a nerd-friendly, Dungeons and Dragons sort of way, and it was rather inescapable if you grew up on album rock radio. Have they done anything purchase-worthy in years? No. Will the show attract at least 5,000 people looking to sate their thirst for guilty (and not-so-guilty) pleasure? You betcha. Call it believing in the freedom of music. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (Davis)

SATURDAY 5.29

DJ Icey -- For over a decade this Florida-based DJ has kept dance crowds swaying with his mastery of breakbeat. This gig is part of the promotional tour for his new For the Love of the Beat disc. It's another fine example of a DJ-mixed compilation that lets you take the dance club back to your home or to your car, the perfect element in which to do your bobble-head doll impression for onlookers during rush hour. Icey's latest creation is quite a bit more chaotic and experimental than last year's smooth-dance outing Different Day. Thankfully, Icey never forgets the funk. Mythos (Shukla)

Doc Martin -- One of the most influential West Coast DJs, Martin began his career spinning house in the burgeoning underground San Francisco scene of the late 80s before moving to LA and a residency at Metropolis. He became the first West Coaster to spin regularly in New York, then later left his mark in London at Cream, Back to Basics and Lakota, among other venues. He's got a brand new one out, Sublevel: True School, featuring mixes of cuts from Swirl People, Mongo Santamaria and Inland Knights. Tonic (Schacht)

Jay Garrigan -- Poprocket's founder and leader will be part of the "J3 Summit" (also including Jason Hausman and John Dungan) - an informal "in the round" get-together. Garrigan's spent the last two months working on a solo disc that, he says, is more "atmospheric" than Poprocket's straight-ahead sound and due out sometime in August. Garrigan will be test-driving a few new numbers on this night, perhaps a perfect opportunity to store up those "I heard him when..." stories. The Evening Muse (Schacht)

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