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Tab Benoit
Blue Bayou Club
Thursday, April 15, 8 p.m.

Tab Benoit doesn't look like a bluesman--he's young, white and clean-cut. Half the time he doesn't sound like one either. On most of his stuff, he sounds like Delbert McClinton with a Cajun accent, the latter part coming naturally to a man hailing from Houma, Louisiana. One of his best Delbert impersonations is the opening cut, "Fast and Free," from his 2002 release Wetlands. But Benoit's no one-trick pony. He plays guitar like a rock star, has the soul of Otis Redding, and can get down in the swamp muck and roll around, as he does on the original Cajun swamp pop/hillbilly Cajun blues original "Stackolina." He also got a version of Professor Longhair's "Her Mind Is Gone" good enough to make Fess want to come back from the other side and jam. --Grant Britt

Leon Russell
Lincoln Theater
Friday, April 16

He started as a session man, playing piano on Dylan's "Watching The River Flow" and guitar on the Byrd's "Mr. Tambourine Man." Leon Russell organized a band for Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour, then became a bigger star as a result of the record and movie that followed. Russell released a string of rocky, Texas twang-infused hit records in the '70s and later toured with the Newgrass Revival as his backing band. --Grant Britt

Sorry About Dresden, North Elementary, The Weather, Amish Jihad
Go! Room 4
Saturday, April 17

Transportation, Cheers For No Tomorrow
Cave
Saturday, April 17

Looks like another line of relief is coming through the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area, in support of a sick friend--Go! Studios anchor and member of Fin Fang Foom, Mike Triplett. Musicians all over the Triangle, and the whole country, are stepping up to the call to help Mike the best way they can. So come out to either or both of these shows, which will be running concurrently across town from each other. Once the guys in Transportation and CFNT realized their show might conflict with a benefit show for their friend, they just turned it into one, too. If only everything worked that way. --Chris Toenes

After Chill Hip Hop Showcase
Local 506
Sunday, April 18

Following the usual arts festival mayhem that is Apple Chill, this all-night affair matches up a fistful of great MCs like Kaze, Jozeemo, Spectac and K-Hill, along with some spinners like DJs Forge and Flash Gordon. Included in the reasonable cover charge are twelve MCs on the mic (the above with Fuzz Jackson, Most Hi & Honesty, Lil Tec, Mr. Twip, Iceberg Shug, Shelly B, Blaquewatch, and Double), and you even get a copy of the new Soul Dojo Records mix, Enemy of the State. Tickets are $10. --Chris Toenes

Glen Ingram benefit
Tony's Oyster Bar
Sunday April 18

A pretty much all-day show for much-loved saxophonist Glen Ingram to help cover some hefty healthy care costs. Things kick off at 1 p.m. and run until 1 a.m. featuring plenty of jazz jam session and a host of bands including the Amazing Lounge Lizards, EG Peters, Skeeter Brandon, Time Machine and Rich Emily. Tony's, located in McGregor Village, is providing the food, which is included in the $10 donation.

Ben Kweller, Death Cab for Cutie
Cat's Cradle
Monday, April 19

Without good reason, a friend recently told me that no one should like Ben Kweller. But to meet Ben Kweller--who was Mercury Records' answer to the Silverchair craze when he was but sixteen as part of Radish--is to like him. An affable, charming kid who prefers hugs to handshakes and a well-placed pun to misplaced self-pity, Kweller is a surefire rocket with a melody who happens to hold equal places in his heart for Violent Femmes, angular X and winsome Carol King. Kweller is the rare indie breed, too: He's not cool enough to pretend that he's incapable of having a good time. --Grayson Currin

CocoRosie, 90 Day Men
Go! Room 4
Tuesday, April 20

"Indie folk" isn't a label you hear very often, but La Maison de Mon Reve, CocoRosie's Touch & Go Records debut, is the epitome of everything the taxon should be. As beautiful and broken as they are haunting, the songs sound like age-old, nearly forgotten numbers, reincarnated and riddled with modern electronica: collected barnyard noise for context, programmed beats for intrigue and seductive samples for hooks. Sisters Sierra and Bianca Casady shared a childhood but remained thousands of miles apart for years at the time; they reunited in an 18th district Parisian postal stamp of a bedroom as CocoRosie to record an introductory 21st century folk masterpiece. Truly intriguing work. --Grayson Currin

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