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Acid Mothers Temple with Psychic Paramount, Go! Room 4, Wednesday, June 16 Makoto Kawabata has been surrounded by a collective of musicians of varying sizes over the years, but his vision remains the same--improvised jams, strictly executed takes on modern classical compositions, all in the spirit of achieving that next level a la Zappa or Terry Riley. They often launch into the guitar stratosphere, touching down only for brief reprieves before drifting through ethereal folk numbers that float and dissipate like exhaled smoke rings. In the pantheon of Japanese psychedelic bands (and there is a large one), A.M.T. are prolific diplomats, becoming fairly well-known stateside. They've never made it to the Triangle, though, so don't miss this. For more info, call 969-1400. The show starts at 9 p.m. --Chris Toenes

New Town Drunks with John Saylor, The Cave, Thursday, June 17 Chapel Hill's New Town Drunks play loose and free rock that teeters and creaks like the axles on a beloved old rusty car. The Cave is their HQ, so it'll be a tight competition to see who's having more fun, you or them. Singer-songwriter John Saylor is also on the bill. Call 968-9308. --Chris Toenes

Ilya, Go! Room 4, Thursday, June 17 and Bickett Gallery, Friday, June 18 Before heading into the studio to record material for the follow-up to its widely heralded Poise is the Greater Architect, San Diego-based quintet Ilya will make two stops in the Triangle on a 16-date tour. Expect new material from the band, whose textured rhythm approach draws ostensible comparisons to Tortoise. That is, at least until the magnificent Blanca Rojas--a sublime, Spanish Bjork--wraps her majestic tones around the difficult arrangements in which the band specializes. Call 969-1400 (Go!) or 836-5358 (Bickett) for more information. --Grayson Currin

Aimee Mann with Paul Bryan, Carolina Theatre, Friday, June 18 Too many words are necessary to begin touching on what makes Aimee Mann so captivating: inspired, inspiring, stoic, witty, studied, honest, earnest, analytical, brazen, brilliant. Instead, it's better to perceive Mann, the blonde-haired strummer and poet who stunned audiences with her work for Magnolia, by example. "Driving Sideways," one of the standouts from Mann's 1999 masterpiece Bachelor No. 2, is a pitch-perfect pop song that sounds as though it was lost somewhere in the crack between Revolver and Rubber Soul. Beware of the temptation to sing along, though. "Driving sideways/If you roll down the window, you'll see/You're where you don't belong," she confides almost cheerfully during one of the most dangerously heartbreaking songs in memory. If you've ever been used, abused, neglected or alive, you deserve Aimee Mann's music. Doors open at 7 p.m. Visit www.carolinatheatre.org for more info. --Grayson Currin

DKT/MC5 with Cobra Verde, Valient Thorr and The Man, Cat's Cradle, Saturday, June 19 Less lauded than their Detroit brethren The Stooges but every bit as influential, the MC5's roaring, fuzzed-out attack (as evidenced on their seminal debut, Kick Out The Jams) proved one of the crucial milestones in the development of garage, punk and '70s hard rock. Under the management and guidance of former White Panther John Sinclair, the band espoused radical political rhetoric as part of Sinclair's idea of a "total assault on the culture by any means necessary, including rock ¹n' roll, dope and fucking in the streets." The band flamed out pretty quickly, releasing only two albums after its debut. Marshall Crenshaw, Lemonhead Evan Dando, and Mudhoney's Mark Arm will back the reunited rhythm section of Michael Davis and Dennis Thompson and MC5's guitarist, Wayne Kramer. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. For more info, visit www.catscradle.com. --Chris Parker

Sly Pig Festival with Waylandsphere, Hadley Cockrell Band and Outformation, Lincoln Theatre, Saturday, June 19 If you've never seen Waylandsphere, this may be your best and most interesting chance. The four pals in the jazzed-up Raleigh jam band have been shut away in their rehearsal room for the past few months, emerging only occasionally to play regular gigs at Foster's and to showcase new guitarist Sean Willis, an Alabama boy who cites Jerry Garcia and Mahavishnu John McLaughlin as influences. Willis has been charged with filling the shoes of recently departed keyboardist Stephen Koster, and he'll get his chance this summer. Occasional Widespread Panic sideman Cecil "P-Nut" Daniels will be on hand, as will The Hadley Cockrell Band and Atlanta's Outformation. Those who buy advance tickets will get a free plate of barbeque pork and chicken in the parking lot courtesy of Sly Pig Catering. The food begins at 7 p.m., followed by a 9 p.m. opening note. Visit www.lincolntheatre.com for more info. --Grayson Currin

Hoss CD Release Show, The Pour House, Sunday, June 20 Yeah, yeah, you're sick of tribute records. Get an original complaint. And what's this, you say: another Waylon Jennings tribute album? Haven't there already been two? Sure, but this one has an interesting back-story and a local angle. When the two other Jennings tributes hit the racks, a number of local bands and a couple of out-of-towners--most with a member or two signed on to the Triangle-based music discussion group Guitartown--felt they could put together a pretty fine Waylon nod of their own. Hoss (the name comes from Jennings' preferred nickname) was born. Eleven contributors, ranging from the Two Dollar Pistols and Regina Hexaphone to Nashville's Ed Pettersen, will gather at the Pour House to tackle a couple of Waylon songs each. And it's all for a good cause: Hospice of Wake County. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the music starts at 7 p.m. --Rick Cornell

Dave Alvin & The Guilty Men, The Pour House, Tuesday, June 22 One of the best guitarists to emerge from the American punk explosion, Dave Alvin led the roots rock group The Blasters, often sharing bills with X and even joining them (and their offshoot, The Knitters) in the 1980s. Alvin has a penchant for rockabilly and wide-open, Bakersfield C&W but is just as facile with the blues. His love of American music reached an apogee with 2000's Public Domain: Songs from the Wild Land, which featured old traditionals and classic country blues reworked with hearty arrangements by Alvin and his backing band, The Guilty Men. He is supporting Ashgrove, his first album since Public Domain. This one starts at 8 p.m. --Chris Parker

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