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"Electric Jam" Open Mic with hosts Fake Swedish
Local 506
Wednesday, Jan. 5

As part of a new year's makeover that includes daytime hours, a new jukebox and free shows, Local 506 is adding a house band/open mic night. Patrons who arrive early enough can sign up to perform songs, perhaps picking up fellow musicians from out of the audience. Rumbling mod-popsters Fake Swedish will be there providing a back line for people to play on, a pair of nightly sets to fill in the gaps, and perhaps even lending a hand to other onstage performers. Given the popularity of last week's Indie Rock Karaoke and the high quotient of musicians among their clientele, this ought to be a blast. Free/10 p.m. --CP

Ceiling Fan
The Cave
Wednesday, Jan. 5

Athens, Ga. trio Ceiling Fan waxes nostalgic both musically and lyrically. Their sound salutes the Police, the Jam and the dB's (plus, they enthusiastically cover Joe Jackson and Boz Scaggs on their album Hot Streets), while the vowel-challenged "Ncyclpd Brwn" pays tribute to everybody's favorite preteen detective. 10 p.m. --RC

Brothers Grim
The Pour House
Wednesday, Jan. 5

With a loud two-guitar attack and plenty of hard-drinking originals from band leader Adam Lane, Brothers Grim is putting the volume and booze back into twang-rock. And when they fold in a few lines from a certain Steve Goodman-penned, David Allan Coe-owned tune, you just may think you've heard the perfect alternative-country song. $5/10 p.m. --RC

Patty Hurst Shifter, goner
Martin Street
Friday, Jan. 7

After some months in the studio and with their new album just about in the can, PHS will be looking to open her up in front of an audience and hear that rootsy rock engine purr as it downshifts through the curves of their ragged rock melancholia and digs into the straightaways with a raucous Stonesy roar. Goner is a great Raleigh rock trio with a shimmering, keyboard-driven indie pop sound, a touch of psych pop warmth and lots of harmonies. 10 p.m. --CP

SpencerAcuff, International Orange, Brother Henry
Cat's Cradle
Friday, Jan. 7

Need evidence of the young band's future in technology? Try SpencerAcuff, the sonorous Triangle college pop quartet that decided to create a new Web site exclusively for the delivery of its sophomore Chasing Windmills, which runs rampant with a U2 pump and a Sister Hazel smile. Each track is available in full--with lyrics, production notes and member bios to boot. And the finished product, recorded in Nashville with David Henry and guest Thad Cockrell, is worth much more than zilch. $8/8:30 p.m. --GC

Fashion Design, The Pink Slips, Spader, Can Joann
Martin Street
Saturday, Jan. 8

An eclectic night of acts that features a spectrum of approaches from arty-experimental to hooky rock, sometimes within the same band. Fashion Design has an appropriately aesthetic attack descended from Bauhaus. Can Joann is an intriguing mix of pop finesse and supple indie guitar crash on their latest EP, and a promising "new" band. --CP

Eleven Eleven, Haitian Hate Gods
The Brewery
Saturday, Jan. 8

Goth Night harks back to the grand ole '80s when aural assaults full of gated drums and dark lyrical imagery competed against bright pop arrangements disguising equally disheartening lyrics, as exemplified by Ministry or The Cult and The Cure or The Smiths, respectively. HHG have a darkly atmospheric rock sound appropriate to their gothic forebears, while Philly's Eleven Eleven are quite exceptional purveyors of richly melodic '80s British guitar pop. --CP

Big Bill Morganfield
Blue Bayou
Saturday, Jan. 8

"To me it's all about a feeling," says Muddy Waters' son Big Bill Morganfield. "Once you learn how to put the basic chords together, it's just digging within your soul, trying to come out with what's in there. I listened to my dad, and Howlin' Wolf, and those cats were really feeling it, and singing it, and meaning it, and probably was living it. The most important part is to keep it rooted in reality." --GB

Cigar Store Indians
The Pour House
Saturday, Jan. 8

Be forewarned: The last time I saw Cigar Store Indians, I was almost stampeded by a herd of swing dancers who rushed the floor on note one. The quartet's full-body-twitching blend of rockabilly, pub rock Americana style, country and primal rock 'n' roll has that effect on people. Raleigh bluegrassers the Cadillac Stepbacks open. $6 advance, $8 door/10 p.m. --RC

The Pour House
Sunday, Jan. 9

Bonepony calls their blend of folk, funk, rock, gospel and bluegrass "acoustic stomp." The stomp comes from guitarist Nicolas Nguyen, providing the backbeat courtesy of a pick up in his shoe. Fiddler Tramp bells his ankles for added jangle, and singer Scott Johnson whacks a variety of objects for even more percussion. Think of it as heavy metal bluegrass from Nashville, and stomp on down to the front of the stage for some barefoot head-banging. $5/7 p.m. --GB

Rob Watson
The Pour House
Monday, Jan. 10

You're not hearing things: Indeed, Rob Watson actually does have as much soul as he lets fly from his homegrown, countryside-up voice. Watson seems more than fit to fill the blue-eyed soul void left by the recently departed Thad Cockrell. But where Cockrell defended his own country inclinations, Watson is an unabashed pop enthusiast with the eye of Jeff Buckley, the ease of John Mayer and the warmth of Sam Beam. Free/9 p.m. --GC

Bellglide, Pawnshop Ruby
Local 506
Tuesday, Jan. 11

Bellglide makes music in wildly atmospheric swaths, guitar noise-girded, keyboard-enunciated anthems guided by the Cocteau Twins-meets-Shannon Wright vocals of Kate Gregory. It's her rapturous command that makes the histrionic-hacking of Evanescence seem beyond yawn-worthy. Pawnshop Ruby is the brainchild of Mary Johnson, a Nashville homegirl by birth who bred her songs west of the Appalachians before heading east to Carrboro to set them afire aside the rock 'n' roll guitar of The Fashion Brigade's Joe Romeo. Free/10 p.m. --GC

Andy Friedman
Regulator Bookstore
Wednesday, Jan. 12

Andy Friedman calls himself a "painter with lyrics, a rock 'n' roller without a guitar." The artist believes the pursuit of art should be the focus, not the object itself. While his band The Other Failures plays country-tinged rock, Friedman shows slides of his original pencil sketches and Polaroids and reads poems like "Things You Can Do For Free": "Are you lonesome tonight? Sizzle up a skillet of bacon and listen to that greasy applause." Free/7 p.m. --GB

Eric Hofbauer
Wednesday, Jan. 12

Eric Hofbauer may go the guitar alone on his one-man entree American Vanity, but he's certainly not interested in setting the mood. For that matter, he's not interested in the flair of fleet-of-fret players like Leo Kottke or Michael Heges, either. Instead, Hofbauer is an iconoclast injecting free-formed and fiery, tumultuous and twisted vamps into the nadirs and apexes of our American musical history, including "The Dukes of Hazzard" and "Better Git It In Your Soul." Original work from a musician who's as much of a thinker as he is a player. $5/9 p.m. --GC

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