The Brooklyn-based trio calls their sound "oldturnative." It's a mix of old-time mountain music, ragtime and swing with a twist. "We're constantly working to present this music, not as academic museum pieces, but as fresh innovative performances, with our own interpretations and style," says bassist Joebass. Those innovations and interpretations are often done in the style of Spike Jones, a musical comedian who peppered arrangements of popular tunes with gunshots, hiccups and breaking glass. It's a stripped down and subtler version of the Asylum Street Spankers with hiccup percussion, plenty of nerve and a ferocious sense of humor. The show at Go! Room 4 starts at 9 p.m. and the date at Six String starts at 8 p.m. and costs $5. --Grant Britt
Friday, May 28
Guitarist Daniel Vaughn fronts this duo and lays down the blues and, yes, prog-style riffs. Show starts at 9:30 p.m. with some version of PRO-L (probably Max, according to the Bickett site) opening. $4 dollars gets you.
Friday, May 28
Since their ride on Monster Road, a non-film-related Sharkquest gig has been rare these days. Look for the band to stretch out a bit. Bringerer is almost always stretched out, space jamming and so on.
The Bigger Lovers
Friday, May 28
Ooh La Latte
The Bigger Lovers, SNMNMM
Sunday, May 30
Some pop tidbits about the Bigger Lovers: Their name reads like a typographical collision from the cover of Big Star's Third/Sister Lovers. They contributed a version of Nick Lowe's "So It Goes" to a Stiff Records tribute. They've recorded The Only Ones' "You've Got to Pay" (proving again that Peter Perrett's band was more than "Another Girl, Another Planet"). And on their third full-length release, the craftily titled This Affair Never Happened...And Here Are Eleven Songs About It, the Philly-based quartet continues to make hook-oozing pop/rock of the ear- and critic-pleasing variety that recalls such cast-iron icons as Cheap Trick, Teenage Fanclub and the aforementioned Big Star. Perhaps most importantly, they seem resolved to restore both the tambourine and the handclap to their positions of former glory in pop music. No comment on the name of Durham's new venue Ooh La Latte, but the words "Durham" and "new venue" are always good to hear in the same sentence. --Rick Cornell
jaguaro, Destroyed by Kittens, Shana
Saturday, May 29
Durham Arts Initiative (former Mr. Show Buildings)
This show is free and open to all you cats out there who want to see some art and check out some of the best new bands outta Durham. Part of a noon to midnight open hanging/art happening thing. The music cranks up around 9 p.m at 122 West Main Street. For information, call 956-8525.
Hella, Need New Body, Make Believe
Sunday, May 30, 9:30 p.m
Sacramento's Hella is a duo, but don't think Flat Duo Jets. Think pitchfork jabs of noise and guttural stomp. Need New Body are a larger ensemble usually waving their freak flag with a roman candle tied to it; funky rhythms and keyboard and guitar workouts, done with a lot of humor. Fan of the experimental types in pop-punk band Joan of Arc? Get there early for openers Make Believe, because it's Tim Kinsella and Sam Zurick from JoA with friends. --Chris Toenes
Monday, May 31 8:30 p.m.
It's a double-bill of sun-blissed pop drawn from the psych rock explosion and the rich orchestral impulses of Phil Spectre and the Beach Boys. Beulah envelops their songs in a transcendent shimmer, deploying strings, horns and keyboards in perky pop arrangements that shelter the melancholia at their center. Their harmonies float by like clouds, insistent melodies roll in like shore-side breakers, and sunshine peeks out of the downcast lyricism like a heart suffused with hope in search of validation and maybe Arthur Lee's Love. dios purvey an equally warm, slightly country-inflected sound, drawing on influences such as Neil Young, The Flaming Lips and Pavement on their self-titled debut LP. --Chris Parker