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Music worth leaving the house for

Contributors: Rick Cornell, Grayson Currin, Rich Ivey, Kathy Justice, Robbie Mackey, Jack McDonald, Chris Parker

Thursday, February 8

Hi-Fi Sky, Jeffrey Dean Foster, Lynn Blakey, Local 506

Nice variety on this bill, expressed thusly by the guy in the middle of it, Jeffrey Dean Foster: "It's like those old Fillmore shows with Neil Young and Miles Davis, etc." Foster's sound, thick with atmosphere and abounding with hooks, represents the middle ground between Big Star Chris Bell and Tom Petty, while sometime Foster collaborator Lynn Blakey has shared her siren voice with Tres Chicas, Glory Fountain, Let's Active and a half-dozen other roots and pop collectives. At the top of the bill is New Orleans-based drone poppers Hi-Fi Sky. $7/ 9 p.m. —RC

Squirrel Nut Zippers, The Old Ceremony, Cat's Cradle

This reincarnation of Zippers comes sans Ken Mosher and Tom Maxwell, who penned two-thirds of the swing-resurrection-band's 1997 breakthrough, Hot. Jimbo Mathus and Katharine Whalen lead this one. Still, even without "Hell," it seems as if the rest of the Zippers' catalog could constitute a pretty nifty party. It barely matters: The mantle is in better hands with openers The Old Ceremony, whose combined adoration of The Beatles, Leonard Cohen, Frank Sinatra and Randy Newman coalesces, onstage, like a perfectly emphatic four-dimensional mixtape. Sold out/ 9 p.m. —GC

God Forbid, Goatwhore, Jester's Pub

God Forbid's 2005 release, IV: Constitution of Treason, is loaded with some seriously heavy stuff. We're talking a 10-track epic, divided into three suites that riff on the demise of a futuristic society (cough, cough) that doesn't learn from its mistakes (cough, cough). Five albums in, and these Jersey boys have turned their pissed-off, machine-gun thrash into a CNN for the metalhead set. \m/ —RM

Friday, February 9

Hip-Hop Summit, NCCU

This year's Hip-Hop Summit is part of N.C. Central's new Hip-Hop Initiative, which takes aim at providing a scholarly approach to the genre and its culture. They've raised the Initiative's bar with a hip-hop class led by Christopher "Play" Martin (ex-Kid 'n Play) and 9th Wonder (ex-Little Brother). Saturday, summit topics include "Men and Women: The Fight for Power in the Music Industry" and "Online Media: The Wave of the Future." Those sessions are followed Saturday afternoon by a town-hall discussion on the church and hip hop. To register, see www.nccu.edu/hiphop. Registration is $10. Tickets to the summit-closing concert with MC Lyte, Doug E. Fresh, Dana Dane and Big Daddy Kane are $20 and available at www.nccu.edu/hiphop. The show starts at 8 p.m. on Saturday in McLendon-McDougald Gym. —GC

Sarah Borges & the Broken Singles, Hideaway BBQ

When Sarah Borges and her band took over The Pour House early one Thursday night last July, she offered this tongue-in-cheek introduction: "We're from Boston, where people are mean and cold." They spent the next hour and a half proving to be the exception to the rule, charming the crowd with ace originals from Borges' Wanda-meets-Lucinda debut Silver City and covers from Sam Cooke, X and Gillian Welch. Asheville's Menage opens. $8-$10/ 9:30 p.m. —RC

Double Negative, Caltrop, Hex Machine, Kings

Double Negative is the caustic amalgamation of four twisted individuals intent on the annihilation of shitty punk rock. Taking cues from the finer moments of Void and early C.O.C., the Raleigh supergroup inflicts unrelenting chaos on anything with ears, desecrating its audience and making most other bands look childish, diluted and profusely unpunk. They won't make the excellent Caltrop look like that. 10 p.m. —RI

Saturday, February 10

Scott H. Biram, Hideaway BBQ

One-man band Scott H. Biram claims Lightning Hopkins and Doc Watson as his principal inspirations, and Biram's raw, spit-nails style suits the assertion. A kindred spirit of Dexter Romweber, his recordings are safaris through untamed blues grit and rabid rockabilly rumble. Nearly killed in a head-on with a semi three years ago, Biram's released a pair of terrific albums since, as though energized by the event. With Black Diamond Heavies. $8-$10/ 9:30 p.m. —CP

Greg Brown, Bo Ramsey, Cat's Cradle

Greg Brown's voice is like smoke-covered, whiskey-laced honey, and his easy, even touch with the guitar makes his songs of life and love go down like necessary medicine. Some songwriters like to say they have more hard luck than songs to sing about it in, but Brown seems like the kind of writer who perennially sings about what he feels, be it happy or sad. His "Spring Wind" is a paean to fatherhood, while "Telling Stories" is a reflection on the sweetness of his own father. To hear Greg Brown is to get intimate with a total stranger. Dress comfortably. $25-$28/ 8 p.m. —GC

Twilighter, Warm in the Wake, The Cave

Twilighter's second LP, Fixed, is fixated on frontman Brandon Herndon's nearly naïve love of different genres: He alternately lights upon dainty early R&B, gritty indie rock and shambolic acid songcraft, then funnels it all through one cracked lens of soul adoration. The vocal parts barely hold together in the execution or the mix, and the guitars often stray—but just barely—from the right note, building something that's sometimes perfect from parts that never are. It's a little like Loaded, if that album had been made with a premium budget of cheap beers, heavy downers and thick coffee. Well, not that good, but that interesting. 10 p.m. —GC

Fake Swedish, Hope, Star, and Browning, Bringerer, Local 506

As far as fuzz-tone psychedelic nostalgia acts go, Chapel Hill's Fake Swedish offers less cliche than their better-known Brooklyn counterparts, like Vietnam. Sure, Fake Swedish—back from hiatus for this one—lets laconic vocals take a backseat to warm, gooey guitars. But they mix it up with few things you don't expect: Like shouting "Beef trigger! Beef trigger!" over "You Really Got Me" power chords. Bringerer will run through a loose set of pop, and Hope, Star, and Browning warms things up with some pastoral, front-porch folk. $6/ 10 p.m. —JM

Sunday, February 11

Matthew Ryan (full band), Tim Easton (solo), The Pour House

Tim Easton's an artist whose charm, talent and verve seem that much more focused live. The last two albums, Break Your Mother's Heart and last year's Ammunition, showcased a roots-rock performer with a pleasant if not wholly distinctive voice, playing energetic songs that are twice as impressive when Easton brings them to the stage. Matthew Ryan's subdued, atmospheric rock and sandpaper vocals conspire to suggest a shinier, heavily medicated Tom Waits escaped to Hot AC. 8 p.m. —CP

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The Oxford Collapse, Thunderbirds Are Now, Fan-Tan, Local 506

Brooklyn trio The Oxford Collapse sounds a lot like the best definition of indie rock at work right now: They tinker with tension but make it fun, like walking a high-rise tight rope woven in pastels and neons. Their detractors note that the band's latest, Remember the Night Parties, feels more satisfied and less aggressive, but those naysayers are likely bitter because they can't get "Please Visit Your National Parks" out of their heads. Some bands have to stretch inch-worm hooks to fill that mythic four-minute space. Oxford Collapse has to wind mile-long wires of melody around its fingers and pack them in with a smile. $8/ 9 p.m. —GC

Gibson Brothers, Ruby Jane, Cadillac Stepbacks, Hideaway BBQ

For the Gibson Brothers, pickin' has always been a family affair: Brothers Leigh and Eric grew up etching out tunes on the banjo and acoustic, developing ears fine-tuned to the bluegrass of Flatt & Scruggs. With six albums under their belt, a nod from the IBMA and a record deal with Sugar Hill, the brothers have matured with their sound. 2006's Red Letter Day finds the band at its best yet: Close-knit harmonies flow over string picks, fiddle shuffles and banjo plucks. There's a country twist among these grassy roots. Eleven-year-old fiddle prodigy Ruby Jane and Raleigh hotpickers Cadillac Stepbacks open up the set. This is a matinee show with Sunday lunch (fried chicken) on the menu. $10-$12/ 1 p.m. —KJ

Tuesday, February 13

Jonathan Richman, Cat's Cradle

There's a difference between simple and simple-minded, and it's territory few mine better than Richman. Musically, Richman's eternally indebted to Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly, while the crux of his oeuvre is based on naïf-like lyrical innocence and emotional forthrightness that seem quaint into today's repressed society. Thankfully, his role as the chorus in the similarly spirited Farrelly Brothers' Something About Mary ensures he'll never be broke or completely obscure. Admit it, you wish you wrote "I Was Dancing in the Lesbian Bar." $10-$12/ 8 p.m. —CP

Wednesday, February 14

The Matches, I Am Ghost, Cat's Cradle

West Coast quartet The Matches has always been a bit quirkier than your standard punk-pop act. On their Epitaph release Decomposer, for instance, they loosen the top button and let nervy rhythms and adventurous arrangements take over. Arrive early for the dark, gothic tones and River Styx references of I Am Ghost. Maybe they'll help Dennis DeYoung shed his tortured mortal coil. $10-$12/ 7 p.m. —CP

Backbeat, Guitars In The Sky (tribute to The Records), Local 506 

Backbeat are a Beatles cover band, and, considering that's how Marshall Crenshaw got started, we'll hold our tongue. You know the Beatles, so what's there to say? The Records, on the other hand, are one of the truly terrific, unrecognized acts of new wave. Called the British Big Star, their bounding melodies and effortless hooks must be carefully monitored. They're sweet enough to trigger adult-onset diabetes. As if hearing these forgotten pop classics weren't enough, Guitars in the Sky features Shalini Chatterjee and her six-string slinging hubby, Mitch Easter, who knows the frets of guitar jangle. $8/ 9 p.m. —CP

Tommy Emmanuel, The ArtsCenter

Tommy Emmanuel is an Australian acoustic guitar legend, laying down warm jazz-toned melodies and Spanish-flavored flamenco. That combination catapulted the guitar man to fame in the early '90s. A study in diversity, Emmanuel can lay it down sweet and easy, working his guitar like a set of 88 ivories, or bang it out steady and strong with odes to folk-rock masters and rock 'n' roll giants. $20/ 8 p.m. —KJ

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