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Thursday, March 31
Woodshed Improv Night

Don't call it jamming. This new informal gathering is designed to throw musicians together to make noise on the fly. Check out some of your favorite folks working within jazz, rock and electro structures (or glorious non-structure). 8 p.m. --CT

Mercury Program, Bloom, LP
Local 506

Gainesville post-punkers Mercury Program push forward with hints of jazz and polyrhythms in their edgy tunes. They're joined by Bloom, downer pop neighbors in South Florida, who were recently produced by Brian Paulson. 10 p.m. --CT

Urban Sophisticates, Influential, Boxbomb
The Pour House

Once The Roots brought hip hop to a live band feel by playing their own instruments, breaks and beats, the music was never the same. Greensboro outfit Urban Sophisticates follow this lead, rhyming and using wordplay over live bass, drums and production. $6/ 10 p.m. --CT

Pyramid, Kolyma, Caspian Sea Monster

Charlotte's Pyramid is earning its nascent reputation as one of this state's best, touring and recording as a nine-piece on a mission to take beautifully nostalgic numbers and convolute them with the moaning ghosts of vibrato guitar and ebb-and-flow rhythms. Imagine Jason Molina's Being There as Nigel Godrich twiddled Wilco's knobs, and call that a start. Kolyma is the four-piece project of Russ De Sena and Crowmeat Bob, pitting stream-of-conscious verbiage against grinding guitar and drums. --GC

Todd Snider
Cat's Cradle

The freedom that the highway represents--the promise of something or someplace better--is exemplified in the wanderlust of musicians from Dylan to Townes Van Zandt to Todd Snider. Snider's a road-weary troubadour playing a mix of rock, country and folk-spun tunes with a writer's eye for detail and a poet's rich emotional palette. His new album, East Nashville Skyline, is suffused with this anxious, adventurous spirit and a seat-of-your-pants, in-the-moment outlook equal parts blessing and curse. $14/8:45 p.m. --CP

Friday, April 1
Velvet, Bellglide
Temple Ball

Velvet's bubbling pop-rock percolates like a new-wave mocha of snappy rhythms and melodic bounce, while Bellglide's resplendent musical textures and pulsing sonic attack recall a cross between Smashing Pumpkins and early Catherine Wheel, fronted by Lush's Emma Anderson. $6/10 p.m. --CP

Saturday, April 2
Lyrics Born, Heiruspecs, Pro-L
Duke Coffeehouse

Bay Area MC Lyrics Born, also known as Tom Shimura, brings direct soul and character to hip hop, as an Asian-American rapper and part of the influential Quannum collective. Minneapolis live hip-hoppers Heiruspecs and the Triangle's own Pro-L warm up. $7/10 p.m. --CT

Eyes to Space
Local 506

Apparent hosts to surprisingly complementary interests in '80s arena rock, DEVO and Stereolab, Chapel Hill's delightfully goofy Eyes to Space crafts a good-times shtick with White Snake guitars, wry wise cracks and video-game melodies from an accordion, a synth bass and Jay Cartwright's sexy-like-we-nerds-do keytar. New-wavers Gerty and no-wave razors Cantwell, Gomez & Jordan open the bill, yet another Local 506 noteworthy, no-cover Free For All. Free/10 p.m. --GC

Sunday, April 3
New Town Drunks

Like degenerate Bon Jovi fans ransacking Richie Sambora's hotel for his American flag thong, there's something sweetly innocent yet wholly disturbing about the backwoods boogie of this alcoholic quartet. Their ramshackle country-blues stumbles and staggers, but still manages to pull itself up to the bar. This show is the first in a month-long residency. Free/10 p.m. --CP

CampFest 2005
New Hope Camp and Conference Center

I've seen the first robin of spring, and he was playing air mandolin. So yeah, the outdoor music season is officially upon us. Three bluegrass bands--Kickin' Grass, Barefoot Manner and Polecat Creek--will provide the music, and New Hope Camp will provide the outdoors. Visit for tickets. 3:30 p.m. --RC

Yuppie Pricks, Jimmy & The Teasers
The Cave

They're your friends and neighbors in a very Neil LaBute way: nasty, selfish and wealthy. Austin's Yuppie Pricks preach the glory of cocaine, super models and trust funds, sounding like a conservative mirror image of the Dead Kennedys. While not as aggressive or sonically groundbreaking as the DKs, the tongue-in-cheek rhetoric and rugged punk drive are of the same ilk. $5/10 p.m. --CP

Local 506

As indie lo-fi, sugar-hi legend has it, Death Cab/Postal Service wooer Ben Gibbard fell in love with the self-released, bedroom-recorded demos of Tulsa's Brian Terry while on tour in Oklahoma. Gibbard reported the find to Barsuk Records, who, in turn, signed Terry's Aqueduct. Terry packed his stuff, picked up his band (which was pretty easy, as it's a one-man thing) and moved to Seattle. An hour after arrival, he was onstage opening for Modest Mouse. Yes, Aqueduct is that infectious. The Golden Republic headlines. $7/10 p.m. --GC

Tuesday, April 5
Hank Williams III
Cat's Cradle

He's got a legacy that's larger than life, but Hank III's proving up to the challenge. His drawl carries with it the unmistakable echo of his granddaddy. From playing bass in Philip Anselmo's post-Pantera project to his wild partying ways to the schizophrenic sets that pair Williams' trad country with the rabid metal music of his band Assjack, Williams is an iconoclast who bleeds rebel red, much like his father. $15/9 p.m. --CP

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