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Mice Parade Adam Pierce's anagrammed band exists somewhere between Tortoise, the Album Leaf, Four Tet, Do Make Say Think and a Brazilian Afropop troupe, but the blend belongs to none of those audio signposts. The impressive dual percussion of Pierce and HiM's Doug Scharin (ex-Rex, June of '44) typically drives everything, yet they augment or cushion that attack with synth, keyboard, vibes and nylon guitar melodies that tilt meditative, explosive or playful with equal alacrity. Toss in the occasional indie pop song structure and lyrics, and it's hard not to find something to develop a big ol' crush on here. With L.A.'s charming singer-songwriter Tom Brosseau opening (and probably sitting in). Neighborhood Theatre (John Schacht)

Gollum Keeping in step with their namesake, the Wilmington, N.C., metal posse goes through schizophrenic mood swings via growly vocals and guitar riffage. Taking cues from Megadeth to various death metal bands, Gollum's new disc, The Core (Rotten Records), is hell-bent on pounding eardrums. Also on the bill: Black Ritual, A Road Eternal and Dixie Deathwish. Tremont Music Hall (Samir Shukla)

The Belleville Outfit Down-to-earth writing and playing keeps The Belleville Outfit's Americana twang so, well, honest. The band pulls threads from country, gypsy swing, big band, jazz and folk for feisty fiddlin' good music. Now based in Austin, half of the sextet hails from South Carolina and the combo is rolling down dirt roads and byways with its new record, Time to Stand, which is set for release this week. Double Door Inn (Shukla)

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