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Dexter Romwebber
The Cave
Wednesday, Sept. 1

Mr. Romwebber has a new record out--Blues That Defy My Soul--that shows he's still got plenty of the fire and verve of his early stuff. He's also been putting on some great shows of late. This one starts at 10 p.m. Hearts & Daggers open.

Freehand, Land of Chocolate
Friday, Sept. 3

In the late '80s, Chapel Hill's Freehand was doing King Crimson better than Crimson was. Although the local prog-rockers broke up in 1990, those wanting to hear the group then and now can have their way. The band has re-released their 1988 CD Thinking Out Loud and are getting back together for several reunion concerts. A 16-page book comes with the CD with lyrics and pictures so you can giggle over the clothes and finally figure out what they were hollering about over all that noise. GB

The Kickass, Valient Thor, Art Lord & His Self-Portraits
Friday, Sept. 3

If you have yet to see The Kickass in all its three-piece, rock-mayhem glory, do yourself a favor and make this show. That is, if you think you're man enough to handle songs like "So...You Want to Have a Led Zeppelin Riff Battle Huh? Let's Do It" and "Cadillac of Doom" from a band with an album entitled Death Metal is for Pussies, which sports a cover on which the band and their closest 20 pals flaunt their pre-shrunk pink tank-tops, too-tight pink briefs and their most slinking, foreboding rock boy poses. Live, these guys burn prog-oriented, double-bass drum beating metal instrumentals with enough dexterity and creativity to warrant Fucking Champs and Don Caballero comparisons. GC

Graham Colton Band
Lincoln Theatre
Friday, Sept. 3

In the quest for something new, sturdy and solid workman-like rock often gets short shrift. No one will confuse Colton's band with the Pixies or Radiohead, but for fans of straightforward modern rock acts such as the Wallflowers, Gin Blossoms or Goo Goo Dolls, this may hit the spot. The Dallas quintet has a certain rootsy charm, and occasionally unleash the compelling lick or thought-provoking lyric. Given that they just released their debut on Universal, they could conceivably have a future as a poor man's Tom Petty. CP

Sting, Annie Lennox, Dominic Miller
Alltel Pavilion
Saturday, Sept. 4

Adult Contemporary functions as a major label musician's pension program for those who've outlived their mainstream radio viability. Two such entries, Sting and Annie Lennox, beg the question, What have you to offer that Aimee Mann and Rufus Wainwright don't do better? While still a talented singer, Sting's music seems to exist for those who don't like jazz but find James Taylor too challenging. Lennox has some great pipes and released a lauded, very personal solo album, Bare, last year, but one album every eight years hardly makes her a vital artist. Sadly, other similar, more talented artists simply lack past radio glories to live off of. CP

Bickett Gallery
Saturday, Sept. 4

They've shared the stage with everyone from Ralph Stanley to the Backsliders. Now Hooverville takes their brand of acoustic country to Bickett Gallery. The Christy Smith Band and Le Machine open.

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