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Land of Chocolate
Wednesday, May 12
Lincoln Theatre

After his band Finneus Guage broke up, John Buzby left Philadelphia and moved down to Chapel Hill, where he met North Carolina natives Gerald Wilson, Wes Hare and John Covach. This lineup would complete the band Land of Chocolate, who are putting on a major show with monsters of rock Random Acts of Violence, 6-pack, D. Martini and The Highballs, and Tramping Ground. All this for just $6. Show starts at 9 p.m. --Chris Scull

Liz Berlin and Jenn Wertz
Friday, May 14
Pour House

These two are widely known as driving members of Rusted Root, a band that combines the styles of the Grateful Dead with the music of Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. This acoustic performance will showcase Jenn's "smoky blues sound" and Liz's "beautiful and emotionally charged voice." Emo/poetry artist/songwriter Sharif will open at 10 p.m. A mere $8 in advance gets you a ticket. --Chris Scull

Strange, The Manband, The Gaze
Friday, May 14

Raleigh locals Strange have been touring in the area quite a bit lately. If you've never heard them perform their epic song "1001 Erotic Nights," now's your chance. The Manband, featuring former Archers of Loaf member Matt Guentling, and The Gaze will start things off. Support your local music. --Chris Scull

Scott Miller & the Commonwealth
Saturday, May 15
Pour House

Scott Miller, from Knoxville by way of a Blue Ridge Mountain small town, is equally comfortable holding court as a solo performer as he is leading a loud roots-rock band. Actually, to say he's "equally comfortable" is to damn with faint praise; Miller excels in both roles, in a downright Neil Young/Steve Earle fashion. He'll have his talented band the Commonwealth with him., so expect a night of Roger Miller-meets-Rockpile originals that run the gamut from pensive to personal to pissed off, supplemented by three or four choice covers. --Rick Cornell

Blister CD release party
Saturday, May 15
Bickett Gallery

Blister is releasing their first full-length album, Vs. the theory of evolution. The band includes founders Larry Love and Natasha Fatale's and guitarist Dave Dred. Show starts at 9:30, tickets are $4. --Chris Scull

9:30 p.m., Saturday, May 15
Cat's Cradle

Slowhand is THE premier Eric Clapton tribute band. Lead guitarist Tommy Hartley cites Eric Clapton as the single biggest influence on him musically. The band was formed out of this inspiration and also due to the fact that Hartley has been compared both in appearance and style of guitar playing to Clapton. The band put out a live CD back in December. Tickets are $8 in advance. --Chris Scull

Q and Not U, Engine Down
Sunday, May 16
Cat's Cradle

Q and Not U, Engine Down, Cub Country and Cheers to No Tomorrow will be performing for another in the series of Mike Triplett benefit concerts. John Davis, Harris Klahr, and Christopher Richards make up the legendary rock band Q and Not U, who came together back in 1998. They have been touring since the release of their last album, Different Damage, and will go back into the studio this fall, after more touring in the spring, to record yet another one. Indie rockers Engine Down, formed in 1996, have been touring for nigh on three years now showing no signs of slowing down. --Chris Scull

Jimmy Thackery
2:30 p.m., Sunday, May 16
Artsplosure, Moore Square

Guitarist Jimmy Thackery was a founding member of The Nighthawks and has three decades of rocking blues under his belt. His new band is The Drivers so named because Thackery never bothered to get a driver's license and is chauffeured by band members. Their latest recordings on Telarc feature Thackery's brand of blistering blues originals and some interesting side projects including a remake of the Stones "Rocks Off" for a Telarc tribute compilation, Exile On Blues Street. --Grant Britt

Charlie Hunter
5 p.m., Sunday, May 16
Artsplosure, Moore Square

Charlie Hunter's brand of acid jazz takes eight strings to pull off -three bass strings and five standard guitar strings. Hunter, who doesn't care much for labels in general, calls his 8-string music antacid jazz. Although Hunter is a serious jazz musician, his sense of humor is reflected in one of his side projects, T.J. Kirk, which played only the music of James Brown, Theolonius Monk and his idol, Rahsaan Roland Kirk. --Grant Britt

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