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For the week of December 14 ~ 16 

Music worth leaving the house for

Contributors: Grant Britt, Rick Cornell, Grayson Currin, Rich Ivey, Chris Parker, Chris Toenes

Thursday, December 14

Death Jazz with Crowmeat Bob & Tatsuya Nakatani, Kings

Tatsuya Nakatani's list of collaborators runs a bit like a partial but weighty who's who of international improvised musicians. There's Japanese turntablist Otomo Yoshihide, American guitarist Marc Ribot, drummers Michael Zerang and William Parker, and German reedman Peter Brötzmann. Tatsuya's extended technique employs amplified bowed cymbals and prepared percussion pieces, turning his drum kit into a dramatic, polytextural apparatus. Tonight, he plays a solo set before joining a band of local improvisers assembled by Bob. 9 p.m. —GC

An Evening with Eric Rose & Friends, The ArtsCenter

The name Eric Rose might not sound any bells unless you were a tuned-in Bostonite in the '70s and/or remain a card-carrying music geek, but, with apologies to Chuck Berry, he can sure play guitar like ringing one. After starring in the Lenny Kaye-produced Sidewinders and the Paley Brothers, Rose has been living in cult-hero land for the last 25 years. This one-off will find his inventive work supported by an all-star N.C. pick-up band featuring Mike Krause, Robert Sledge and Chris Stephenson. $12-$14/ 8:30 p.m. —RC

Edsel 500, Mighty Lester, The Pour House

From Gene Vincent to Louis Jordan to Buddy Holly, Edsel 500's got it covered. Heavy Rebel Weekender/Elvis organizer Dave Quick and Jon Shain bassist F.J. Ventre  put together a rockabilly band with guitarist John Currie and Evans Nicholson on drums. Together, they color outside the lines with retro-rock, blues and jazz.  $7/ 9 p.m. —GB

Maple Stave, Monsonia, Fighting Poseidon, Reservoir

Maple Stave is a trio of impeccable tightness consistently on the verge of a complete unraveling. They're neither the first nor best trio to play zig-and-zag math rock with dark, aggressive tones, but they do manage to do so with a fleet dexterity that demands envy and a super-serrated edge that consumes attention. Monsonia plays its first show with new bassist Nick Peterson, and one has to hope Fighting Poseidon—featuring members of Kudzu Wish and Continent—battle the god of the seas by pouring rock into it. Free/ 10 p.m. —GC

Friday, December 15

Armenia, Jason Crumer, Bucketovscissors, Niou, Precious Holes, Nightlight

Notorious Carrboro noise scumbag and No Future Fest coordinator Jason Crumer curates an evening of international, mind-rotting bliss. Crumer welcomes Ecuador's Armenia, Germany's Bucketovscissors and Niou, and Greenville's Precious Holes to leave his home turf in shambles. Expect broken instruments, broken eardrums and maybe some broken faces in the harshest show of the holidays. $5/ 10 p.m. —RI

Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison, The ArtsCenter

Before becoming the President and First Husband of allergy awareness courtesy of their Claritin-D commercial, Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison were working hard just behind the spotlight. She's an ace interpreter, with Paul Westerberg and Nick Drake among the artists whose material she's given a twang-goddess-voiced makeover. Robison is more of an interpretee, with one of his biggest paydays occurring when his sister-in-law's band, a little outfit called the Dixie Chicks, recorded his moving "Travelin' Soldier." $18-$20/ 8:15 p.m. —RC

Dark Meat, Pearls & Brass, Kings

I didn't expect much from Pearls & Brass in their opening slot on Boris' summer tour because I didn't get much from their second LP, The Indian Tower. But while that Drag City release was polished and perfected, their glorious opening set in a smoke-filled 506 was anything but: Loud, dazed and lumbering, the band rode its languid riffs to the din of workmanlike glory. Dark Meat's acid-trip epics will flood the room with sound and, even at night in December, a little mid-summer-in-Athens sweat and sun. Heads on Sticks opens. 10 p.m. —GC

Electric Sunshine, Stone Fox, Slim's

Sunshine's a new Raleigh group with Paul Dressel and Eddie Taylor of Big Joe; many also know Eddie from mono garage kings The Loners. Expect some rock that grabs hold like a staggering man grasps furniture: tightly. SF is members of Fake Swedish and Leadfoot's Johnny Dzubak. Free/ 10 p.m. —CT

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Forward, Russia!, Snowden, Conshafter, Local 506

With the new Bloc Party album just two months away, bed-headed indie-dance-pop-loving college kids in pea coats need to get their asses ready for extreme shaking. Forward, Russia! can help. Like training wheels for the ass, the synth-driven Brits have the knack for a good 4-4 floor rocker, but their fans aren't the most prominent posterior promenaders on the Bloc. Oh, the kids may "shake" it. But can they break it? $10/ 10:00 p.m. —RI

Bob Margolin, Nappy Brown, Blue Bayou Club

Muddy Waters' blues keep rolling along, channeled through his former guitarist Bob Margolin. Nappy Brown's bawdy antics add a sideshow vibe to the proceedings. 9:30 p.m. —GB

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James Hand, Hideaway BBQ

You've got to love this quote from the Waco, Texas-born James Hand, a veteran country singer with a vintage style inspired by hardcore honky-tonkers Lefty Frizzell and Ernest Tubb. "I don't write my songs," it goes. "Life writes them, and I just try to remember the words." The next night Hideaway BBQ will host Hand's Rounder mate Donna Hughes, a bluegrass/acoustic music star in the making (Alison Krauss and the Seldom Scene are among those who've recorded her tunes), capping off a Rounder Records Weekend. $12-$15/ 9:30 p.m. —RC

Walter Salas-Humara, Bickett Gallery

For years, I've been telling anybody who'll listen that the name of Silos leader and Vulgar Boatmen alum Walter Salas-Humara belongs on the alt-country patriarch/ matriarch short list alongside Alvin, Earle, Escovedo and Williams. Come out to this solo show for a night of half sultry/ half rocking, whisper-to-a-fever-pitch goodness. Just maybe I'll shut up. $6/ 8:30 p.m. —RC

Saturday, December 16

Katharine Whalen, Mamadou Diabate, The Artscenter

It's plenty to say that Mamadou Diabate's most recent solo album, last year's Behmanka, was nominated for a Grammy in 2005. But it's more interesting to note to whom the Durham-via-Mali kora player lost: His cousin. Behmanka lost the Grammy for Best Traditional World Music Album to Toumani Diabate, a kora player who recorded with late West African guitar legend Ali Farke Toure. He likely didn't get too Kanye West about the defeat. Katharine Whalen also must feel pretty good these days. She reunites with her beloved Squirrel Nut Zippers for a string of club dates and prospective summer festivals early next year. This is the annual benefit for Ipas, an international organization supporting women's health. $15/ 8 p.m. —GC

Kenny Roby, Anthony Neff, Helios Coffee

January's The Mercy Filter further proved Kenny Roby as one of Raleigh's most talented songwriters. Where most cities have their favorite 30-something guitar-slinging bastions of alt-rock, Raleigh's is actually good. Real good. Hell, that Adams jerk even cites him as an influence. $5/ 8 p.m. —RI

Black Taj, The Moaners, The Naught, Kings

Black Taj's alternately rugged and supple guitars coil like a top, pulling the well-wound quartet in open-ended circles that don't lack for momentum or wavering—perhaps mathematically predictable—trajectories that fold back on themselves. The Moaners are the thick, viscous, blues-damaged outcome of bringing a knife to a cock-fight: Feathers, blood and a carefully coddled malevolence permeate the air like seaside salt spray. The chunky, mutating guitar whorls of the Naught intimate the taste sensation of a Cherry Valence dipped in Vanilla Trainwreck. 10 p.m. Black Taj also plays the Cat's Cradle on Friday, Dec. 15 for The Merch Christmas Party. —CP

Flyin' Mice Reunion, The Cave

Sure, Jon Shain's busy with his swinging Trio and a new record, while Mark Simonsen is a member in good standing of the pop-noir collective The Old Ceremony. But these buddies and former bandmates can still carve out a little time to get together to relive their acoustic bluesy Flyin' Mice days. 7:30 p.m. —RC

Sally Spring, Triangle Folk Showcase, Durham Friends Meetinghouse

Take away the guests on Sally Spring's Mockingbird (a list that ranges from locals Chris Stamey and Caitlin Cary to near-legends Gene Parsons and Marshall Crenshaw), and it would still come highly recommended. The rich contralto of the Winston-Salem-based Spring, who played Americana before it had a name, commands an album on which country flourishes collide with crisp backbeats as folk calm gives way to gospel intensity. 8 p.m. —RC

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