Frontier Ruckus, The Sammies, The Grenadines tonight (6/18/11)



Frontier Ruckus Exploring the outer edges of country-folk & Western the quintet coaxes roots music out of mostly acoustic instrumentation. Their ragged sound takes a bit of getting used to, but once the flow is steady, and the lyrics clear, their brand of folk-rock is downright evocative. They are another fine band signed to the regional indie Ramseur Records. Opening for Chatham County Line. $12-$15. Neighborhood Theatre. (Samir Shukla)

The Sammies Anson County, N.C.’s own have serious Charlotte ties. It was on older brother Frank’s weekends back from UNCC that the band actually got a chance to jam, and it was Charlotte’s MoRisen Records that quickly swooped them up and released their critically acclaimed debut. Now they have a slightly different lineup, slightly different sound from the post-punk, garage rock they once did — but the Charlotte part? Not going anywhere. Fire For Effect, Free Electric State and Public Relations are also on the bill. $8. Visulite Theatre. (Mike McCray)

The Grenadines Like a potion, this Alabama band’s brew of whispered vocals, heavy percussion and tangled guitars wind the listener along on a trip out of the South’s gospel and blues and deep into the “nuggets” of pure ’60s psychedelia. Leading lady Lauren Shackelford’s vocals are enough to avoid sounding like a tribute to getting stoned and overdubbing tracks. Channeling the shimmer of the Byrds and the levity of Camera Obscura, the sounds fit the sweet name, and the lyrics fondly polish the classic love song. With Little Bull Lee and Veda Woolf. $5. Snug Harbor. (Tommy Werner)

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