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THURSDAY 4.28

TigerBearWolf : Like Minutemen into early Fugazi into Calabi Yau into raw intense MC5/ Stooges/Thunderlip-like throw down rock & roll, TBW's straightforward yet diverse sonic wanderings will restore the faith of even the most jaded rocker. If you crave sincere people playing music cause it's as important as the air they breathe? Well, this will be the place to be. With Hell or High Water, Solid Gold Wreckers and DAREDIABLO. Milestone (Lydia Marlon)

FRIDAY 4.29

Red Belly Band : This Augusta, GA, rock band started almost seven years ago when the principals were in high school, though it only became serious in the past year, with a lineup change and the addition of keyboardist John Watkins. With the change, they grew from a folk-tinged rock act to something deeper with a solid soul feel to abet the roots/blues/rock playing, delivering a vibe similar to The Band. Visulite Theatre (Parker)
The Turnstiles : Here's a regional band seasoned in country-rock tunes, bluesy ballads and classic rock reminiscent of Allman Brothers. The writing is solid, especially with Springsteen-inspired tales like "Writing on the Wall" and "Faded to Blue." In fact they cover the Boss with the somber "Atlantic City" on their self-titled debut E.P. The Turnstiles deliver no-nonsense roots-inflected rock. With 5 Day Drive. Smokey Joe's Cafe (Shukla)
Two-Dollar Pistols : John Howie's booming baritone beckons: Come, stranger, take a load off, pour a cold one, forget your worries and heal thyself with a dose of all natural Triangle Twang. See our story in this issue. With Randy Whitt & the Grits. The Evening Muse (Schacht)

SATURDAY 4.30

Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks : He of the odd moustaches and jazz-and-swing inflected folk music has been at this since 1968. I'm not too hot with the math, but that seems like an awfully long time. His secret? Well, with album titles like Last Train to Hicksville and It Happened One Bite, it would seem a sense of humor plays a role. Of course, humor, like beauty, is in the eye, or ear, or whatever, of the beholder. Neighborhood Theatre (Shukla)
Hobex : You can't call yourself a fan of classic Al Green and 70s era soul music and not have heard North Carolina's Hobex. The band's sweet soul-rock and smooth take on that fine era's soul music is filtered through a contemporary pop filter. Greg Humphreys and company lay on a vibe rife with modern soul at its best. A trick few in the world of bland, over-produced urban music can deliver these days. With Bellyfull. Visulite Theatre (Shukla)
Outkast/L'il Jon : They're the key figures of the Dirty South hip-hop ascendance, and it doesn't get much dirtier than L'il Jon's good time club anthems and his outrageous, larger-than-life persona. His crunk juice is like an island resort tourist's cocktail : a colorful concoction that packs a wallop but is a bit too much (with the sparklers and fresh fruit slices) for regular consumption. Outkast on the other hand, are like black : they go with everything from a low-riding street-legal funk vibe to cruising, sexy late-night pop and shades-down soul sophistication. Charlotte Coliseum (Parker)
Tribes of More CD Release : Local metal quartet's been sharpening the riffs, oiling the vocal chords and spiking the drum kits for this CD Release gig. Tribes of More have chiseled out a sound of heavy, psych-metal with bouncing and funky percussion. Tonight they unleash their lyrically politicized A Spiritual Government record that's generally tight with a few underdeveloped tunes tagging along. Withstand and Deviant will warm up the crowd. Tremont Music Hall (Shukla)

SUNDAY 5.1

Captured! By Robots : A member of Chicago ska-punkers Blue Meanies in the mid-90s, Jason Vance thought to hell with other musicians and built an entirely robotic band. Only GTRBOT666 (playing a modified Flying V enabling it to fulfill bass and rhythm guitar duties) and DRMBOT0110 overwhelmed their creator, inserted a chip in his head and turned him into their minion. While the robots are musicians of estimable precision (and rather bad attitude), Vance (redubbed JBOT), is the evil scientist/captor/focal point of this comedic punk-metal band. Milestone (Parker)
Kylesa : Declaring their freedom from over-simplified genrefication, Savannah, Ga.'s Kylesa borrows from a host of styles, from straight-up punk to psychedelic soundscapes. Their latest, To Walk a Middle Course does just that. It was produced by Alex Newport (At The Drive-In, Melvins, The Mars Volta) and has his signature sound. But when the songs and styles wind together, seemingly at random, a unified whole emerges. With Darkest Hour, Seneca and Ctrl Alt Delete. Tremont Music Hall (Schacht)

MONDAY 5.2

Burns Out Bright : The South Carolina quartet isn't likely to burn out anytime soon, rather expect them to get brighter if their debut E.P. Distance and Darkness is any indication of things to come. This is post-hardcore with the moody and sonic punk not worn on the sleeve, but laid out bare in the cold. With The Slow Dance and Ten Missing Days. Milestone (Shukla)

WEDNESDAY 5.4

These Arms Are Snakes : If you took the cloying melodicism out of emo, and replaced it with the tight militaristic rhythms of Helmet, you'd have These Snakes Are Arms. The angular guitar builds and folds in on itself like a math rock act, and at its best moments there is a creepy, haunted vibe when things slow down. Singer Steve Snere's vocals are from the shouted hardcore school, but he doesn't overdo it, and it fits within the music's dark, foreboding tone. Tremont Music Hall (Parker)

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