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For the week of October 19 through 25 

Contributors: Grant Britt, Rick Cornell, Grayson Currin, Brian Howe, Kathy Justice, Robbie Mackey, Chris Toenes

Thursday, October 19

Mondo Topless, Jimmy and the Teasers, Pulpit Red, The Cave

Philly's Mondos preach the Vox Organa, snarling garage pop in the school of their peers The Cynics. Though they're from Pennsylvania, they've become soulmates with Triangle crowds after frequent visits for Sleazefests and dwelling in the Cave. The Teasers hail from Elon and often sound like Don Howland's bastard kids. 10 p.m. —CT

click to enlarge McCoy Tyner
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McCoy Tyner Trio, Duke University's Page Auditorium

In the past two weeks, the Triangle has welcomed two of jazz's most important living pianists—first, Chick Corea and, now, McCoy Tyner. Tyner's inclusion in the pantheon of pioneers was cemented in the early '60s, when he followed John Coltrane through the miraculous phases from A Love Surpreme to Ascension. But Tyner has been productive post-Trane, too, expressing himself as a polyglot savant funneling his consistent style through multiple modes. Expect to be impressed once again. $15-$25/ 8 p.m. —GC

New Riders of the Purple Sage, Ryan Montbleau, Lincoln Theatre

Psychedelic jam-rockers The Dead were the forefathers of this '70s-born country-acid outfit. Trippy enough for Deadheads and twangy enough for Allman Brothers enthusiasts, they're the perfect amalgamation of tie-dye and shit-kickin' boots. Singer/songwriter Ryan Montbleau warms up the stage with his husky-voiced acoustic-heavy roots rock. $14-$17/ 9 p.m. —KJ

Amos Lee, Mutlu, Cat's Cradle

Critics and DJs who pronounced Philadelphia songwriter Amos Lee as the next Norah Jones in male form upon the release of his 2005 debut were only thrill-seekers hoping for pronounced-it-first posterity. This was driven, in no small part, by his "vintage charm" and a deal with Blue Note. At best, Amos Lee is just the next Eagle Eye Cherry, singing ultimately forgettable if temporarily treasurable (and altogether safe) songs about redemption and hope and freedom. Whatever, right? Ditto on opener Mutlu. $18-$20/ 8:30 p.m. —GC

Friday, October 20

Ethereal Planes Indian, Nightlight

Austin's Ethereal Planes Indian is a polycultural product of premier minimalist and psychedelic influences: Proper credits extend from the MELA sanctum of experimenters like LaMonte Young and Angus Maclise to usual Japanese suspects like Acid Mother's Temple (more specifically, Kawabata Makoto) and the PSF crew. Expect to be bathed in texture. Venison Whirled, MC Trachiotomy and Esperanto Bat get out early. $5/ 10 p.m. —GC

Patty Hurst Shifter, The Pour House

One of the most moving moments at this August's Mucklewain Festival occurred when Patty Hurst Shifter, Raleigh's guitar-rock quartet supreme, rededicated its "Higher Ground" as "A Prayer for Kim" in honor of the late wife of pal/collaborator Ian McLagan. A powerhouse song became even more powerful with that emotional surge. Calico Haunts opens. $7/ 10 p.m. —RC

June Star, The Cave

Of his Baltimore-based band June Star, Andrew Grimm recently offered, tongue somewhat in the vicinity of his cheek, "We kind of sound like Henry Timrod singing a Muddy Waters song." Come on out to hear what it sounds like when the Poet Laureate of the Confederacy gets the blues. A Katrina benefit follows. $5/ 7:30 p.m. —RC

WXYC Backyard Bar-B-Q, Local 506

This isn't your uncle's version of Chapel Hill indie rock, even if the faces look familiar: Ex-Polvo act Black Taj bends strings into a thrusty, imprecise blues-based fury, while White Octave outpost The Nein gets angular, incisive and aggressively memorable. The Moaners takes former Trailer Bride voice Melissa Swingle and put it to a howl in front of Laura King's heavy-bottom kit. Also, Embarrassing Fruits and free food. Free/ 9 p.m. —GC

Saturday, October 21

MC Trachiotomy, Grampa Bampa, Clik Clak, Kings

N'awlins sprouted Trach about the time his partner-in-crime Quintron came into view, and their association makes perfect sense: The former turned around hip hop as the latter tweaked out R&B howl. You may remember GB from pranksters Krapper Keeper. Then again, you may not. 10 p.m. —CT

David Bazan, The Strugglers, Prayers and Tears, Bowerbirds, Local 506

Now flying free of the Pedro the Lion auspices, David Bazan's latest solo material seems to have bitten the didactic bullet. But his best songs still shake the frames with suggestion, sacrosanct models and paradigms looking pallid under his trustworthy light. The free show that follows—The Prayers and Tears of Arthur Digby Sellers, The Strugglers, Bowerbirds—puts three astounding songwriters on one stage. Bazan: $8/ 7:30 p.m. Post-show: Free/ 10 p.m. —GC

Sunday, October 22

Jon Dee Graham, The Silos, The Pour House

Sounding like Leonard Cohen with a stove-in larynx or Tom Waits on a good day, Jon Dee Graham's soulful croak has served him well since his days as a punker in the Skunks to a bluesman guitarist backing Lou Ann Barton. Now, he's a Texas rootsman on his own. —GB

Old Crow Medicine Show, Cat's Cradle

Perhaps the most compelling young purveyors of old-time music on the circuit, Old Crow Medicine Show combines sincerity and energy in presentation with scholarship in expression. They're writing, singing and playing with a spirit they've worked to understand, not just emulate. Dilettantes come and go in tides of genre chic and emulation, but it feels as if OCMS—unlike many of their peers—can lead this party for a while. $20/ 9 p.m. —GC

Monday, October 23

Copeland, Murder by Death, Lincoln Theatre

Nobody really cares anymore, but "emo" wasn't always about Chris Carraba's beautiful hair. First, there was the fitful Rites of Spring stuff. Then came the dynamic, twinkly Sunny Day strand. Now, unfortunately, all we're left with is a brand of earnest guitar rock spearheaded by the Florida boys in Copeland. Like the blind leading the boring. At least Murder by Death opens. $10/ 7:30 p.m. —RM

Imperial Battlesnake, Black Skies, Bloodcow, King's

Chicago's Imperial Battlesnake and Omaha's Bloodcow have something in common besides a cognominal affinity for violent animals—they take shots at corporate metal bands with cool haircuts on their MySpace pages. But any band playing metal in emo capital Omaha has to be extra angry, especially if their name is Bloodcow. Locals Black Skies find themselves slightly out of place on this shred-tastic bill: They're more Melvins and Sabbath than Maiden and KISS, have pretty cool haircuts, and offer little by way of pro-metal ideology. But in rock's circumscribed utopia, hot riffage trumps micro-genre divisions every time. Get you some. 10 p.m. —BH

Bettie Serveert, Alina Simone, Cat's Cradle

It's 1993, and Bettie Serveert's poptastic, whisper-to-a-scream-and-back-again indie rock topped with a luscious glaze of frontwoman Carol van Dijk has people asking "What's Dutch for ooh la la?"—the sentiment, that is, not the song. Now, 13 years later, by all accounts, there's still plenty of ooh in the band's la la. $10-$12/ 9:15 p.m. —RC

Tuesday, October 24

Decibully, Megafaun, Auxiliary House, Local 506

Much ado is made out of the shape-shifting songs on Decibully's two sloppy yet confident Polyvinyl full-lengths. But the Milwaukee four piece sounds most assured when it lays on the Southern charm and favors its alt.country over its chamber pop. $7/ 9 p.m. —RM

Wednesday, October 25

Oakley Hall, The Hellsayers, Local 506

Though they're depicted as some cartoon caricature of New York bruddah heavy rockers in country's boots and Stetsons, Oakley Hall aren't so static as to fit into any of these cubbyholes. They've found that fief of fertile turf, tilled by many before, where cutting loose and living free can be done with equal vigor from a mountain stump or a subway busker's bench. Look for 'em at Kings on Thursday as part of Hatchetfest, too. $8/ 9 p.m. —CT

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