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THURSDAY 2.10

North Mississippi Allstars / Corey Harris - Corey's latest offering, From Mississippi to Mali, neatly summed up the Harris equation: A blend of African-inspired rhythm, raw Delta Blues, and American folk songwriting tradition. Check out Harris' star turn in Martin Scorsese's The Blues for a perfect introduction. Opening for North Mississippi All-Stars. (Davis) / The North Miss Allstars revel in country-blues as their backdrop and take cues from Govt. Mule and Medeski, Martin and Wood for their blues-based jam band persona. But the Allstars, Luther (guitar, mandolin, and vocals) and Cody (drums) Dickinson and bassist Chris Chew, are decidedly roots rockers. Their most recent release Hill Country Revue was recorded live last summer at the Bonnaroo Festival and features blues legend RL Burnside and the Dickinson brothers' legendary father, Memphis producer Jim Dickinson. Visulite Theatre (Shukla)

Saliva- If you like your rock with equal parts glam rock, hair- and nu-metal, then you'll spit your pants over Saliva. Signed by former Island head Lyor Cohen as his token rock act a few years back, the band has nicely persevered by doing what they do best: blend in. Singer Josey Scott's mostly the draw here, with a nice voice that's an equal mix muscular snarl and freaky falsetto. Their latest, Survival of the Sickest, is pretty much more of the same, featuring a KISS nod on the title track, a song called "Fuck All Y'all," another called "Razor's Edge," and a third called "Rock and Roll Revolution." If this sounds like nirvana to you, you're in luck. If it sounds like the band Nirvana to you, you must be getting ready to start puberty. Tremont Music Hall (Davis)

SNMNMNM - With their amplified tuba solos, the suggestive vowel-free moniker and a full-body commitment to what they call "libertine lyrical liberalism," this Chapel Hill quartet's mix of an unorthodox sound with traditional pop values is meant to glance off your funny bone on the way to your ears. They're touring behind their third full-length, the just-released As Best We Can, another infectious blend of smart-ass pop and horny instrumentation. With Michael Flynn. The Evening Muse (Schacht)

FRIDAY 2.11

Dr. John - This must be the New Orleans legends week in Charlotte. Legend #1, Dr. John, once known as Mac Rebennack, has been stirring up musical gumbo since the late 50s, but gained notoriety in the 70s with his own brand of New Orleans voodoo music. Dr. John's most recent recording, N'Awlinz: Dis Dat Or D'Udda, features a virtual checklist of blues, country and fellow New Orleans music makers. See our story in this issue.Melvin Sparks Band will open. Neighborhood Theatre (Shukla)

KickAss CD Release - South Carolina's Kickass is an aptly named trio careening through different time signatures like a warp-speed muscle car with the pedal to the metal and the man in hot pursuit. Featuring Andy Townshend's atomic guitar riffs, the triplet-happy hands and feet of drummer Benjamin Earl and the punishing bass of Tony Murnahan, the Kickass' all-instrumental amalgam of prog-metal has just enough melodic subtlety amid the barrage to draw in listeners from across the musical board. Anyway, you have to admire their chutzpah: Their previous record, Death Metal Is for Pussies, featured the song, "So, You Want to Have a Led Zeppelin Riff Battle Huh? Let's Do It." With Thunderlip, El Boa and Solid Gold Wreckers. Milestone (Schacht)

Sound Proof - Sound Proof is, in essence, a one-man project. Jason Hanley, once half of the early version of Latino Chrome, returns to town with a set of blues-inflected psychedelic tunes. Hanley's guitar playing has a somber tone and his lyrics bemoan tales of lives lived rough. With Wayne Eason and Mary Fagan. SK Netcafe (Shukla)

Stephen Kellogg - Sentimental boy-meets-girl-loses-girl fare with a slight twang, located somewhere between Ryan Adams and Edwin McCain. Only the locale, Philly, is different, hence his band's name: The Sixers. His new one, Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers, is harmless enough, but Confucius say, always be wary of bands with sports team's names; they rarely cover the spread. Opening for the Virginia Coalition. Visulite Theatre (Schacht)

SATURDAY 2.12

Dirty Dozen Brass Band - This week's New Orleans legend #2, DDBB rejuvenated the Crescent City tradition of brass bands many years back. Their early innovation later fell into stale R&B signatures, but the outfit regained footing in the mid-90s with production help from John Medeski. They are a classic New Orleans jazz band that tours incessantly with a vast catalog of traditional standards, covers and originals. The city of New Orleans even has an official designated "Dirty Dozen Brass Band Day." Visulite Theatre (Shukla)

The Talk / The Sammies - Both these bands meld classic college rock, punk and pop influences rather seamlessly, but while the Sammies prefer a moodier, more angular NYC-sort of sound, The Talk lay their collective balls on the line with a blistering, 0-60 assault on the ears that leaves little doubt about their sincerity. Still touring under the strength of their latest release, It's Like Magic in Reverse, the band (in no small part due to the machine gun drumming of Jeremy Holcomb and the caffeine-twitch riffage of CR Rollyson) do their best to assault your ears every time they take a stage. Unlike most assaults, you're usually left wanting more. With Pacific Stereo. The Room (Davis)

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