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Music worth leaving the house to hear this week

Thursday, May 5
The Physics of Meaning, Eyes to Space, The Teeth
De La Luz

Daniel Hart of local outfit Go Machine formed PoM recently, enlisting a set of area musicians from Ticonderoga, Applejuice Orchestra and Utah!, for a rich palette of sounds. Look for their full-length this summer. 9:30 p.m./$6--CT

Mike Garrigan
Local 506

The former Collapsis leader, when not fronting his new band MG4 (with members of Athenaeum), makes thoughtful folk-rock. While of the same ilk as Jason Mraz and Gavin DeGraw, Garrigan has a better gift with arrangements and a lot more sonic adventurousness. 10 pm./$6--CP

Snatches of Pink, Chrome Plated Apostles
Martin Street

Rock glam and punk bam go boom when these two meet. The Apostles are a runaway train of cruel roar, led by Cliff Mann's slide guitar and a fuel-injected backbeat. The Snatches have something of a stonesy roar, subtly mediated by T. Rex's sense of style. Enjoy a little flashy panache with your rock. 10 p.m./$7--CP

Friday, May 6
Clutch
Lincoln Theatre

Though they think of themselves as a hardcore jam band, one label they were signed to wanted them to cover LL Cool J's "Mama Said Knock You Out" and the Knack's "My Sharona." Maryland's Clutch prefer a more novel approach, a funky Led Zep/metal fusion with no set list. 9 p.m./$18--GB

Leon Russell
ArtsCenter

It's been a long, bearded trip for Leon Russell, from session pianist in mid-'60s L.A. to Mad Dogs and Englishmen leader to oft-covered songwriter and solo recording artist ("Tight Rope" being his big hit, but "Stranger in a Strange Land" and the George Benson smash "This Masquerade" arguably his best compositions), with stops for a couple country covers records along the way. 8 p.m./$28--RC

Saturday, May 7
Fat Head Otis
The Pour House

Fat Head Otis say their community involvement in causes like raising money for the SPCA and the Orange County Animal Protection society is "a natural extension of their commitment to create a bond among people." The fact that the band is named after a dog might have something to do with it as well. 10 p.m./ $6--GB

Larry Burnett
Six String Café

"Cinderella can't you see/I didn't want your company." I remember those words crackling out of my cheap transistor radio frequently in the late '70s courtesy of Firefall, a band that split the difference between CSN and the Flying Burrito Brothers. Larry Burnett wrote "Cinderella," and he'll gladly do an acoustic version for you. Jimmy Landry shares the bill. 8 p.m./$10--RC

Angry Johnny & the Killbillies
Sadlack's

On their debut record, this Massachusetts quartet rampaged through not one but two songs that involved death by chainsaw, sounding a little like a country-leaning and pissed off (as opposed to just pissed) version of The Pogues in the process. That was a half dozen years ago, but they haven't mellowed a bit. 6 p.m. --RC

Neil Diamond All-Stars
Cat's Cradle

Caroline and Cracklin' Rosie will be in Carrboro on this hot May night, forever in blue jeans, to hear the beautiful noise of songs sung blue by some true local all-stars. (Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show was already booked.) A believer and a solitary man by nature, asked if I were going, "I am," I said. Mary Prankster opens. 9:30 p.m./$8--RC

Sunday, May 8
Robin and Linda Williams & Their Fine Group
ArtsCenter

When they played the Grand Ole Opry for the first time, they were introduced as Robin and Linda Williams and their fine group. "Since then, we've spent an inordinate amount of time looking for a band name, but nothing we can think of says it better. It just sounds right." The group has been called the reincarnation of the Carter family. 8 p.m./$16--GB

Monday, May 9
The Good Life, Make Believe
Cat's Cradle

The Good Life's Tim Kasher may have tamed the lingering Robert Smith-isms in his voice, but he's still the same dysfunctional, sometimes alcoholic romantic who's taken up Lou Barlow's baton as a mouthpiece for the emotionally misanthropic (without sounding maudlin). Make Believe brings together the Kinsella brothers and Sam Zurick (the main part of The Owls & Joan of Arc) for a punky, experimental blast of shuddering rock. 8:30 p.m./$8--CP

Why?, Art Lord & His Self Portraits, Michael Columbia
Kings

The far left-field genre jumper of the Anticon collective more known for its propulsive underground hip hop (Sage Francis, Sole) than for its Elephant 6 propinquity (Olivia Tremor Control), Oakland's Why? questions everything--sexuality, Atlanta stench and pallid self-reflections--except its own musical notions: hip-hop demon exposés served on a bed of pop (The Beach Boys?) and punk (mainstream?), covered in indie's ironic wit (Neutral Milk Hotel, anyone?). Speaking of OTC/NMH, David McDonnell and Dylan Ryan's Michael Columbia opens. 9 p.m./$7--GC

Wednesday, May 11
The Puritan Rodeo Show
Fuse

Only about a year old, Chapel Hill group PRS fold together the dark edges of country with modern noir rock and roll. There might be some bluegrass in it too. Makes for a good mid-week dose to get you to the weekend. 10 p.m. --CT

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