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WEDNESDAY 5.18

The Casualties - Some ideas die hard, some never die, and then there's the punk revivalists. For 15 years, with an ever-revolving cast of characters, NYC's Casualties have delivered shout-along choruses, rough guitars and a crusty punk aesthetic reminiscent of bands from almost 30 years ago, such as Sham 69 and the Exploited. It's about as fresh as Vanilla Ice, but at least it's more entertaining. Tremont Music Hall (Parker)

DesChamps Band - Ya think this Spartanburg, SC, quartet of teens spew the latest amped copycat alterna-music? Think again, the youngsters play old-time mountain music with heaps of harmony that explores the roots of this region. Considering the collective youth of this band, the songs are properly penned and invoke Southern front-porch gatherings on cool summer eves. The Evening Muse (Shukla)

THURSDAY 5.19

Sonny Landreth Band - This astounding Louisiana slide guitar player didn't really get going until the 80s, when he backed John Hiatt. Landreth didn't release his first solo album until 1992 at the age of 41, but in the dozen years since he's released seven studio discs that highlight his simmering slide licks and his ability to conjure in his lyrics the rustic, sweltering environs of his home. Neighborhood Theatre (Parker)

FRIDAY 5.20

Machine Head - This thrash-metal band's music is laced with apocalyptic bombast, but Machine Head manages to poke its collective head above the din of countless metal bands with just the right amount of industrial flourishes. The combination works to their advantage. With Devil Driver, It Dies Today and Juggernaut. Tremont Music Hall (Shukla)

Maria Muldaur & Her Hot Bluesiana Band - Muldaur has dabbled in just about every style of American music since she was a Greenwich Village folkie in the 60s. She's worked in folk, country, early jazz, gospel, blues and R&B. Her recorded catalog is laced with hits and misses and even includes born again Christian music, an album of Peggy Lee covers and a sweet children's record. Of late Muldaur continues her love affair with the music of Louisiana. Sylvia Theater, York (Shukla)

SATURDAY 5.21

Hard Times Family - Ex-Lou Ford guitarist Chad Edwards brings his old band's Americana muse into play with his new act, a revolving combo made up of local music notables. The Evening Muse (Kemp)

The Iguanas - A dozen years in the music biz hasn't taken the edge off the smoky New Orleans R&B and roots-rock of the Iguanas. It's not just about guitars here, as horns and Latin touches add a warm layer over songs you may hear on a cool Southern border radio station. The Moaners will open. Double Door Inn (Shukla)

The Sammies/Iconic : Wadesboro's Sammies have the potential to be Charlotte's best live act. Their chunky, post-punk rumble combines guitar angularity, subtle melodic verve and a dark, grimy NYC aesthetic that's garnered comparisons to Mooney Suzuki, the Walkmen and the Strokes. This show is the back-end of a gig trade with Raleigh's hooky, Britpop-inflected Iconic, helping both expand their regional audiences. The Room (Parker)

MONDAY 5.23

Smut Peddlers - The best thing about punk? It provides long-term employment to a great many individuals with no other discernible talents. The Smut Peddlers have been working their O.C. beach punk sound : frenetic rhythms, chunky guitar chords and 90-second songs : for a dozen years. For fans of hardcore acts such as Smogtown and old-school Cali punkers like the Descendants and Adolescents. Milestone (Parker)

TUESDAY 5.24

Anders Parker/Richard Buckner - As part of the mid-90s group Varnaline, Parker fashioned alt-country with a strong atmospheric quality and resemblance to Neil Young. He's just released the new Wounded Astronaut EP, which features Buckner on guitar and piano. Former Wilco drummer Ken Coomer is joining him on tour. Buckner is a gruff, talented singer/songwriter who writes haunting elliptical lyrics while working rock, country and folk tropes. The Evening Muse (Parker)

WEDNESDAY 5.25

Martha Wainwright - Are there better musical genes than those shared by Loudon Wainwright III, Kate McGarrigle and their children Rufus and Martha? This talented singer/songwriter has a confessional folk style similar to her dad and brother, but where Rufus' sound is full of elegance and exists within a rarified air, Martha's music is more stripped down, with an earthy fierceness and sometimes aggressively acerbic lyric (for example, see her Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole EP). The Evening Muse (Parker)

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