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Brotherhood of Groove Band at The Library; Beenie Man, Tonto Metre & Devente, The Movement at Lincoln Theatre and more...

For the week of September 27 through October 4 

Music worth leaving the house for

Contributors: Rick Cornell, Grayson Currin, Rich Ivey, Kathy Justice, Robbie Mackey, Sylvia Pfeiffenberger, Chris Toenes

Wednesday, September 27

Brotherhood of Groove Band, The Library

Since Phish called it quits in '04 and Medeski, Martin & Wood isn't coming this fall, dreadheads and barefoot jammers may feel out of luck. Never fear: New Orleans jam-band funksters Brotherhood of Groove Band come to the rescue with their dirty beats and layered textures, mixing the jazz-horn ethics of New Orleans with old-school funk and reggae rhythms to create a sound that's shake-worthy. 10 p.m. --KJ

Thursday, September 28

Beenie Man, Tonto Metre & Devente, The Movement, Lincoln Theatre

Anthony Moses Davis of Kingston exemplifies all of the trademarks of a dancehall reggae artist who started in the '90s. As Beenie Man, he's been mixed up in a verbal "war" with Bounty Killer (shades of today's ongoing hip-hop rivalries), collaborated with big names in the genre, garnered respect and launched the occasional homophobic lyric to highlight the uber-machismo of dancehall. Thanks to crossing over into hip hop and pop, his visibility keeps rising. $22-$27/ 10 p.m. --CT

Sunset Rubdown, Duke Coffeehouse

Everywhere you look, another one of your favorite Canadian songwriters is inventing a new band: The Broken Social Scene kids keep splintering and reforming, as do members of the Constellation axis. Montreal's Wolf Parade is led by Spencer Krug, and he's no exception: His main gig produced a handful of indie anthems last year, but his Sunset Rubdown builds in unorthodox fashion on those broad-brimmed melodies, limning an adolescent playfulness through twisted arrangements, histrionic vocals and transcendent refrains. Get ready for Swan Lake, Krug's new band with Destroyer's Dan Bejar and Frog Eyes' Casey Mercer. Their Beast Moans, out in November on Jagjaguwar, is a spectacle. $8/ 9:30 p.m. --GC

Jon Shain Trio, Jonathan Byrd, Cat's Cradle

The Cat's Cradle presents a night of dueling Jons. (Note: At no point during the evening will the musicians actually be squaring off. At least it's not planned.) Shain and Byrd both work from a folk/roots base, but where the former tends to stay grounded in blues and early rock forms, the latter is more likely to, no pun intended, engage in flights of fancy. $8/ 8 p.m. --RC

Valient Thorr, Double Negative, Caltrop, Kings

Wimps beware: This show may physically remove the indie rock taste buds from your musical palate. Valient Thorr kicks out the jams, Double Negative kicks out your teeth and Caltrop makes you wish that bowl wasn't kicked. Be there or be square, seriously. 10 p.m. --RI

Friday, September 29

Drunk Stuntmen, Shakori Hills Moonlight, Music & Dance

Try to keep up here. Lee Majors played a stuntman in the show The Fall Guy. A friend of mine once had a conversation in a Florida bar with an extremely intoxicated Majors. Thus, you could consider the Drunk Stuntmen the Lee Majorses of the country-conscious rock world, albeit from Majors' youthful and rugged Heath Barkley period. $5-$8/ 7:30 p.m. --RC

Dexter Romweber Duo: Two Headed Cow, Local 506

Following the Carolina Theatre premiere of Two Headed Cow--a fascinating biopic of Dexter Romweber that tunnels through his neuroses (suicidal considerations, addiction, depression, loads of Baudelaire), Romweber walked on stage and denounced parts of the film, saying he had hoped his relationship with former Flat Duo Jets drummer Chris "Crow" Smith hadn't been brutalized. Those objections raised, it's a pleasant surprise to see Romweber--who will release a "solo neo-classical piano album" later this year--playing after the film with his new duo. Controversy aside, it should be a riot. $8/ 9 p.m. --GC

Saturday, September 30

Monsters of Mock, Lincoln Theatre

Lincoln Theatre's Monsters of Mock Festival is back, this time boasting nine cover bands on three stages. Tributes are paid to Led Zeppelin, Rush, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, KISS, Pink Floyd, Metallica, AC/DC and Jimmy Buffet. How Sam Ash let all of these guys off for the same weekend baffles me. $10-$12/ 3 p.m. --RI

The Nein, Common Ground, Des Ark, Duke Coffeehouse

If you're familiar with local post-almost-everything quintet The Nein, you probably wouldn't expect a cover of The Zombies' "Butcher's Tale" to be the lead cut from a between-albums EP. But The Nein works because they don't play on the expected, and their Zombies nod invites perfectly through the first verse before dismissing demandingly in the chorus: Dale Flattum makes it ugly with tape-deck squiggles, and Finn Cohen replaces the sprawl of Chris White's original vocals with an injection of added anxiety. Suddenly, the line "My hands can't stop shaking" gets the mechanical nervousness it always warranted. The Nein joins Des Ark and the Common Ground crew featuring L in Japanese, Phonetic, Social Memory Complex and Nein sibling/re-mixer Crash. 9:30 p.m. --GC

Orquesta GarDel, The ArtsCenter

Orquesta GarDel puts a touch of Cuban sugar in their strong Puerto Rican brew--adding the violin and flute of charanga to the piano, horns and rhythm section of salsa dura. This gives their New York-style "hard salsa" a sophisticated edge you won't hear anywhere else. The newest incarnation of Latin music in the Triangle, GarDel debuted at La Fiesta del Pueblo this month with classic dance tunes by Ray Barretto, Eddie Palmieri and Willie Colon. Their moniker combines the first syllables of the last names of their co-leaders, David Garcia, an ethnomusicology professor at UNC-Chapel Hill who plays Cuban tres guitar, and Nelson Delgado, longtime vocalist and percussionist in the local Latin music scene. $12/ 8:30 p.m. --SP

Sunday, October 1

Carolina Chocolate Drops, Tir Na Nog

Apropos adoration apologetic implied: Whether or not you've noticed, the vaunted "creative class" is alive and surviving in the Triangle, give or take government programs or special creativity conferences. But that class is different than you'd expect, too: Take the Carolina Chocolate Drops, three 20- and 30-something African-American musicians taking their string-band ancestry by the tuning pegs and making it sing and strum--beautifully, blissfully, meaningfully. Really: One of the most fascinating and engaging groups anywhere, down at the local pub. --GC

Staind, Alltel Pavilion

In 1995, Staind was a detuned, Deftones-inspired SportsMetal band. Today, leadsinger Aaron Lewis and company are a jock's musclebound answer to emo. Anyone watching MTV around the turn of the century knows exactly why: After Lewis performed a teary acoustic rendition of the song "Outside" at a 1999 Family Values tourstop, Staind morphed into a wheel-spinning self-parody that specialized in beefcake ballads about alienation, being sad and getting fat or irrelevant. My, what (little) difference a decade makes. For an interview with Staind, see www.indyweekblogs.com/scan. $20-$45/ 3:30 p.m. --RM

He is Legend, Idea of Beauty, Cat's Cradle

Wilmington's He Is Legend approaches its metalcore chug with a 21st-century pop bent, but Schuylar Croom & Company make up for a dearth of creativity with absolutely bonkers charisma. Meanwhile, Hillsborough's Idea of Beauty spend the quieter moments of their Hopesfall-inspired NCore traversing outer space, riding rocket-fueled guitars to the center of the Sun. --RM

Monday, October 2

WKNC Forum Night, The Ex Models, Razorsnakes, Kings

Kings opens up its booths to the denizens of WKNC 88.1's online forums. Show up early and impress the rock 'n' roll set with your music savvy, then stick around for Brooklyn's The Ex Models. Touring now as a quartet with Oneida's Kid Millions, The Ex Models staple hardcore fury to a minimalist spine, and let the resulting beast run loud, hard and fast. Raleigh industrial rockers Razorsnakes share the stage. --KJ

French Kicks, The Little Ones, The Honored Guests, Local 506

Here are three groups of well-dressed and talented young men with a collective penchant for a good hook. California's The Little Ones play cheery and addictive indie rock that gives most Pitchfork-pop bands a run for their money. New York's French Kicks and Chapel Hill's The Honored Guests play a similar style, but with slight variances on the "cheery" and "addictive" parts. These indie crooners should soon have indie swooners, as each is able to write an excellent song. $8-$10/ 9 p.m. --RI

Wednesday, October 4

Tiger! Tiger!, PaperCranes, The Cassandra Complex, Local 506

Responding to cues from the mid-'70s New York and early-'80s Los Angeles punk circuits like veritable rites of passage, Atlanta's Tiger! Tiger! skates through spry melodies with a noticeable sneer and a kiss-off swagger. Buffi Aguero's voice is indifferent enough to be enticing and commanding enough to be effective, and the band lets her jangle and jumble at will. Florida's Papercranes are on a vastly different tip (Tallulah Cranberry Twist?), but Rain Phoenix's (yes, that Rain Phoenix) tundra tones are a panhandle wonder. $7/ 9:30 p.m. --GC

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