Music Menu (1/18/09)

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Braveyoung (formerly Giant) A band whose MySpace blog highlights seminal Anarcho-Syndicalist and Situationist texts (and whose official band site links to Matt Groening's Futurama) should pique your interest on principal alone. But what makes this Greensboro-based collective worth your listening time are the transcendent instrumental dioramas (this music is physical) and plangent melodies they hew from epic guitar drones and percussive thunderheads. There's a tangible early-Mogwai debt in their new material, but as its full-house Neighborhood Theatre gig last fall proved to many, Giant creates its own spiritual experience. With locals Harvard and The Lights, Fluorescent. Milestone (John Schacht)

The Dirty Little Heaters The Dirty Little Heaters is a spunky North Carolina trio led by big-voiced gal Reese McHenry. Sure they're still a bit rough around the edges but that just may be the point. Right? Their garagey psychedelic blues and rock are further tuned with McHenry's room-filling voice and guitar work. The bouncy percussion and jazzy bass ride alongside nicely. With Tooth. Snug Harbor (Samir Shukla)

Pradigy Local hip-hop artist Pradigy will be performing songs off his debut disc, The Odessey, with the help of a live band as part of a Hip Hop Inauguration Party. Aside from the live band, Pradigy also sets himself apart from the pack by ocassionally shredding the guitar himself. The Wine-Up (Jeff Hahne)

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