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Good Vibrations 2003: Musica Para La Isla Benefit Show
Cat's Cradle
Thursday June 19, 7 p.m.

Benefitting the international women's health education organization MU-JERES, this night of local groups covers all genre corners of the Triangle music scene, including hip hop from Spectac, roots music from Kickin' Grass and Carolina Blues, funkiness from Big Money Grip and the Apple Juice Orchestra, as well the Tain Collins Band. For more information, call 967-9053. --Chris Toenes

Mary Prankster
Go! Room 4
Thursday, June 19

Baltimore garage punk trio Mary Prankster made a name for itself with its raunchy lyrics and breakneck beats. But when Ms. Prankster's bassist and drummer split last year, the lead singer decided to become a solo artist. Her style has changed drastically since then. "I think it may have something to do with turning 28," the singer told Betty magazine recently. "I find myself craving something more mellow and textured than aggressive and snotty." But maybe if the audience is snotty enough, the feisty diva'll return to her punk roots. --Grant Britt

Sentinel with Valiant Thor and The Let Down
Friday, June 20

Blacklove with The Forcast, Kenmores and i am tv
Saturday, June 2

Nightlight's winning streak of killer shows gets extended almost daily now. This weekend finds a rocking doubleheader of visiting bands and hometown faves, as local bash brothers the Let Down swing for the fences with mighty guitars on Friday. Saturday's lineup shows off sounds from Louisiana, like the Radiohead-esque guitar/keyboard balladry of i am tv and the raw, emotive rock of the Kenmores. For more information, call 933-5550. --Jason Perlmutter

The Rosebuds with Portastatic, Schooner and the What What
Kings Barcade
Friday, June 20, 10 p.m.

Members of the new guard in Triangle pop, Raleigh's Rosebuds write hook-filled numbers that stick with you like so many candy confections; look for a fall release on Merge Records. Speaking of Merge, the label's Mac MacCaughan and Portastatic bring their rock to Kings for the first time, after a recent tour with Yo La Tengo. With Schooner and the What What. For more information, call 831-1005. --Chris Toenes

The Original Snakeboy
The Cave
Saturday, June 21

When The Original Snakeboy first heard Duane Allman, he knew he'd found his life's work. When he got a then-unknown Stevie Ray Vaughan to coach him, he knew he had a foundation. He got work in Austin the same week he arrived, playing with a slew of rock bands and even doing a stint with stoned vaudevillian revivalists Asylum Street Spankers before landing a gig with Guy Forsyth. Winner of the Tennessee National Steel Guitar Slide Fest in 2000, Snakeboy, who resembles a demonic version of John Mooney, channels the styles of Muddy Waters, Son House and Robert Johnson as well as a blend of unique originals. --Grant Britt

Tim Easton
Tyler's Restaurant and Taproom
Sunday, June 22

While housed under the alt-country rubric, Easton's sound most recalls the roots music of John Prine and Bob Dylan, with a rock-infused approach cut through with a strong pop sensibility. A charismatic performer, Easton's warm, earthy vocals give his music all the comfy invitation of an old La-Z-Boy. Easton's mix of Americana and melodicism also shares ground with Wilco, without Tweedy's nascent Beatles fascination or preciousness. --Chris Parker

Go! Room 4
Monday, June 23

This New York (by way of Texas) trio combine the dark lope of the Velvet Underground's slow songs with the rich, impressionistic tonalities of dream pop. Rarely in much of a hurry, their compositions wander about fueled by low-level buzz and clatter abetting gently insistent guitar lines. Their latest, Televise, soft-pedals the electronic white noise and atmospheric effects in favor of greater songcraft with fine success. --Chris Parker

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