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Helicopter Helicopter
The Brewery
Thursday, June 5

Power pop with an effervescent fizz, Boston quartet Helicopter Helicopter are a sugary seduction of melodic guitar chimes and infectious boy-and-girl harmonies. Their dueling duets and narcotic hooks follow the wake blazed by scene forefathers the Lemonheads and Weezer with an addictive buzz of anthemic guitars and clean pop production, as evidenced on their latest, Wild Dogs with X-Ray Eyes (Initial Records). For more information, call 834-7018. --Chris Parker

Prince Paul, Aceyalone, K-OS, Ugly Duckling
Cat's Cradle
Friday, June 6

It's a pity that the D.A.I.S.Y. Age couldn't return with the end of the Jiggie Era, that the inner-city griots might spring up again in place of half-dollar rappers selling millions. But since that mythical time might never return, hip-hop-ficionadoes can ride the space-time portal at this show featuring almost-old-school eclectic Prince Paul, middle-school avant-garde-ian Aceyalone and the Beasties-like Ugly Duckling. For more information, call 967-9053. --r.c. glenn

Tami Hart, the Country Kings
Saturday, June 7

Some true Her label, Mr. Lady Records, has upped and moved from Durham to Oakland, California, but South Carolina's teen wonder Tami Hart is here to represent the riot-grrrl roar with a Southern drawl. She moves from well-crafted acoustic confessionals to all-out punk blasts, pouring her heart into each. And don't forget to pass the make-up, Dolly Parton, when the Country Kings take us all honky-tonkin', but in drag. --Michael J. Kramer

Dan Fogelberg
Alltel Pavilion
Saturday, June 7

If the last time you listened to adult contemporary music was in 1982, you'll be surprised to hear that Dan Fogelberg followed up Longer with a steady stream of solid, if saccharine, releases. With twenty-two albums already under his belt, the crooner from Peoria visits to champion number twenty-three. For more information, call 831-6400. --Deb Broderson

Fin Fang Foom CD Release Party with Bats and Mice and the Nein
Go! Room 4
Saturday, June 7

Chapel Hill's Fin Fang Foom, a trio that plays angular punk, just released their second full-length album, entitled With the Gift Comes the Curse. Come check out their new stuff, as they've returning from a recent European tour. New Triangle outfit the Nein starts things, with FFF's label mates, Bats and Mice running second. For more information, call 969-1400. --Chris Toenes

Underground Radio "Volume High" Compilation Release Party
Cat's Cradle
Saturday, June 7

MoRisen Records has just released a CD sampling seventeen bands from the North Carolina indie-rock scene. On the bill for this record release party: The Never (formerly the b-sides); Poprocket; Marat; Snatches Of Pink; Elevator Action; The Talk; Leisure McCorkle; Hazel Virtue; Bellglide; Park Life; Part Time Heroes; Jennyanykind; and Houston Brothers. Lots of music, and according to MoRisen, you get the CD with admission. For more information, call 967-9053. --Michael J. Kramer

Joe Cocker
Amphitheater at Regency Park
Sunday, June 8

Joe Cocker hasn't had a real hit since 1970, (we're not counting the dreadful song from An Officer and a Gentleman) but he has enjoyed sustained touring success thanks to his gravelly voice. One of Britain's greatest singers is to bring nearly 30 years of songs to the Amphitheatre at Regency Park in Cary June 8. With a little help from his friends, he may bring you up where we belong. For more information, call 462-2025. --Boris Hartl

Michelle Shocked
Cat's Cradle
Sunday, June 8

Among other amazing feats, Michelle Shocked once got a glib, too-cool-for-school NYC crowd at the famed punk club CBGB's to do the Virginia Reel, which might have had Sid Vicious do-si-do-ing in his grave, but satisfied the original intentions of the club, which was supposed to present country music (hence the C) as well as bluegrass (BG) and blues (B). She's gone her own independent path since bitterly parting ways with Mercury Records and has especially explored gospel sounds alongside passionate, politically-tinged rock, punk and folk. She's currently on her "Shocked and Odd" tour, and is to donate part of the proceedings from this show to support UNC's freeform radio station, WXYC. For more information, call 967-9053. --Michael J. Kramer

Go! Room 4
Tuesday, June 10

Emerging in 1997 with the Souls for Sale (Merge), a hot-blooded slab of Stones-y swagger, Verbena's power was nigh undeniable, buttressed by terrific boy-girl harmonies. Into the Pink (Capitol) found Dave Grohl behind the board, and the band on track for Nirvana, though the results were disappointing and singer-guitarist Anne Marie Griffin went AWOL mid-tour. Now a trio, Verbena finds middle ground between grungy roar and Southern blues strut on their third album, La Musica Negra (Capitol). For more information, call 969-1400. --Chris Parker

Prefuse 73 with Beans
Cat's Cradle
Thursday, June 5

Scott Herren, nee Prefuse 73, performs surgically-precise manipulations of hip-hop beats and bleeps cut with the best electro vibe. He can work a roughneck rap with an MC or smooth the edge down to a somber tone. It's his first visit to the Triangle, so don't miss this. Left-field hip-hop MC Beans of Anti-Pop Consortium opens. For more information, call 967-9053. --Chris Toenes

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