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For the week of May 30 through June 7 

Music worth leaving the house for

Thursday, June 1

International Drive, Solace Brothers, Annuals, Kings

Raleigh/Pittsburgh pop-punk emonaut International Drive have tapped some impressive help to unveil their debut EP, Give What You Want, But We'll Never Take It. Tucson's Solace Brothers come with sunburned necks and sandpapery rock, while Raleigh's majestically weird Annuals (who recently signed to brilliant N.Y. indie label Ace Fu Records) have never met a bit of world music they couldn't turn into a campfire sing-along. Look for their debut, Be He Me, in August. --RM

Friday, June 2

Port Huron Statement, North Elementary, Slim's

Kindred spirits in the frayed pop school, Chip Taylor and John Harrison knead confessional, often bittersweet stories into song. The former started Statement as a bedroom project; the quartet's now based in Raleigh with a forthcoming record. The Elementaries finished their seven-inch series recently, with an East Coast tour soon adding friends along the way. The joyful noise starts at 10 p.m. --CT

The Milagro Saints, Shakori Hills Moonlight Series, Silk Hope

Aah, sweet folk rock at its best. The Milagro Saints employ beautiful harmonies alongside romantic melodies to achieve a sound that's both soothing and light-hearted. It's hard to imagine that band members S.D. Ineson and Joyce Bowden met in NYC, seeing as they have successfully encapsulated the feeling of early summer in the South so well. Donations accepted/6:30 p.m. --KJ

Strange, Nudity, Proof, Kings

Without playing a single show, Raleigh trio Proof had an entirely too-busy year: Two Ph.D.s completed, two babies born and a slew of new songs in the can. Proof finally returns to stage society this week, and one hopes the priority-borne hiatus adds even more attack to their mathematically minded rock songs, which have the rare distinction of being aggressive and angular without being necessarily abrasive or atonal. Ya know, pummeling "pop." Raleigh's Strange and Olympia's Nudity headline. --GC

Saturday, June 3

Eyes To Space, On Three, Kapow! Music, Local 506

When we get to Mars (no, no, really, B-Dub's making it a priority!), I hope there's a huge red boombox blasting Eyes to Space at top volume. And I hope Jay Cartwright is flying around the thing on his keytar, and Wendy Spitzer on her bass (or maybe the oboe), like a couple of witches on brooms, screaming "We made it here first, assholes!" For the time being, though, I guess we'll all just have to be satisfied with free appearances at the 506. Free/10 p.m. --RM

Hobex, The Pour House

Soul is a recurrent theme in Hobex singer/guitarist Greg Humphreys' music--the tunes that he writes and those that he covers. In his opinion, the classic soul men--James Brown, Curtis Mayfield and Solomon Burke--were more than just hip-shakin' screamers with brilliant stage presence. He patterned his band after their example, making music that makes people think as well as dance. $6-8/10 p.m. --GB

Twilight Singers, Jeff Klein, Cat's Cradle

Wanna bet it's frustrating to be Greg Dulli--pisser, poor man's poet, somehow unmarketable "genius"? Here's a critically adored songwriter who's put a great deal of effort into a great deal of good things, but for some reason (maybe his cockish demeanor, maybe his slow descent into the quicksand of the '90s, maybe Fat Greg Dulli), nobody really remembers him as being that great. Even so, the new Twilight Singers album, recorded during and in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, finds Dulli invigorated and inspired. Indeed, Powder Burns is the former Whigs' most rewarding song cycle since Gentlemen. $12/9:15 p.m. --RM

Sunday, June 4

Tom Freund, The Pour House

Tom Freund is one of those artists' artists, a versatile singer-songwriter who's held in high regard in Musicians Local 101 but is just starting to get noticed in civilian circles. Occasional tourmate Graham Parker is a big booster, and I first came across Freund's name when the Silos covered his song "Fallen Angel" in the early '90s--not long after he recorded a duo album with Ben Harper. Come out, pay attention and spread the word. $8-10/7 p.m. --RC

Tuesday, June 6

Reid Johnson, Simple 1, The Cave

Reid Johnson's voice is by no parameter perfect: The Schooner frontman finds a key and mostly refuses to leave it, delivering idiosyncratic, imperfect pronunciations with an intonation always a bit on the tinny side. That said, it can be as wintry and challenging as Mark Kozelek's distant tone and as confiding and intimate as Sam Beam's breathy whisper. Johnson's songs, up front here in solo form, follow suit, pushed-to-the-edge statements about taking comfort in the small things, especially if they're all that's left. Pretty great. Donation/7:30 p.m. --GC

Wednesday, June 7

Over the Rhine, Hem, Local 506

Have you ever found yourself proposing to a voice? This is a smart pairing, with two bands characterized by female lead vocals (courtesy of Karin Bergquist and Sally Ellyson, respectively) that are as rich as they are gorgeous. Hem leaves a little more wide open space between notes--crawl on in under a sonic summer blanket--suggesting a cross between Cowboy Junkies and a condensed Lambchop. $12/8:30 p.m. --RC

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