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Thursday, May 26
Marky Ramone
Planet Rock (in Jacksonville)

The most musically accomplished of the bowl-cut "brothers," Marky (née Mark Bell) drummed for the late-'60s rockers Dust at Twelve and later joined Richard Hell's Voidoids in time for their seminal Blank Generation album. He replaced Tommy for the band's fourth album, Rocket to Russia, and remained with the band--aside from a four-year break in the mid-'80s--for the next 20 years. He promises plenty of Ramones classics, which might make it worth the trip. For more info, call 910-937-7625. --CP

Schooner, Casting Company
Fuse

Local lulling poppers Schooner visit the Chappie for this intimate gig, nestled in the main room at Fuse. Their subtle bedroom-feel music should fit snugly in between the tables, amidst toasts and talk. Settle in. 10 p.m. --CT

Entropy
De La Luz

Openly loose, jangled soul grooves is tonight's meal, and it certainly goes down easy with a shot of classic MC vocal dropage. Maybe a side of horns and vinyl scratch to even out the course. Hot-lanta's Entropy suckle from the galactic teat that is Parliament/ Funkadelic, and do it quite well. Seven members and growing, the ensemble drops poly-rhythms for the feet then slinks into the sultry burn of The Flames. A complete package. 9 p.m./$6--EW

Melissa Ferrick
Cat's Cradle

While as richly melodic as McLachlan, Ferrick's route is understated, with the spare guitar support and the occasion flourishes of horns or organ subordinated to the vocal line. Like Crow, there is something refreshingly straightforward about Ferrick, though she lacks Crow's easy charisma, settling instead on a brooding persona that recalls Springsteen around Nebraska. 9 p.m./$12--CP

Tom Brad & Alice
Six String Cafe

"Old-time music" and "supergroup" are two terms that you don't see paired every day, but they sure enough belong together here. Tom is multi-instrumentalist (banjo and mandolin, among others) Tom Sauber, Brad is virtuoso fiddler Brad Leftwich, and Alice is the justifiably legendary Alice Gerrard, probably best known for her influential work with Hazel Dickens. 8 p.m./$6--RC

Friday, May 27
Richard Buckner, Anders Parker
Kings

One wonders whether Buckner's voice is suited to his lyrics or whether the lyrics simply genuflect the ache of that rigid bellow. Actually, both just breathe recollections from the thousand storms the Texas troubadour has endured. He returns to the Triangle on the strength of his gorgeous Tupelo-tinged, postmodern folk affair Dents and Shells, released last year on Merge. Ex-Varnaline bard Anders Parker opens, along with a solo set from Sara Bell. --GC

Saturday, May 28
Work Clothes, Billy Sugarfix
The Cave

Work Clothes caught the ear of most Triangle music fans as a duo, softly serenading audiences even as they expressed the deeply personal. Jenny and Lee Waters flesh out their songs live with a full band these days, adding meat to the ribs of their staple, bittersweet atmospheric songs, and allowing them to expand into the up-tempo rock modes of their new work. With their full-length CD in the can, new songwriting is ongoing, with changes from their subtle, hushed harmonic approach to hints at defiant anthems. The stories in their songs remain unchanged, telling brutal truths without much frill or fantasy. Billy Sugarfix, however, is unafraid of escapism. His surreal tales take place in the imaginary wonderland of the Gumdrop Kingdom, through translations of theremin, costumes and his innate humor, but no one is more at home at The Cave than Billy or his alter ego's band Evil Wiener; it's like his home base. Find the kernels of wisdom in such local favorites as "Kitty Cat Dreams" and "I'll Never Be as Pretty as You." Who knows what glorious hijinks will be afoot with Mr. Sugarfix? 10 p.m. --CT

We Vs. The Shark, STRANGE
Kings

If you know WKNC DJ Sam "Big Fat Sac" McGwire, you probably like him. The host of Monday evening's Wash Behind Your Ears and a natural aphrodisiac for Clutch and Pavement fans alike, Sac is celebrating his 25th birthday in high style, calling on two sets of pals to play his Birthiversary Ball downtown. We Vs. The Shark, a co-ed fourtet of mathy, happily lo-fi Athens kids writing kinetic, whimsical post-punk gems, open. Don't be surprised to see STRANGE'S Joel Rhodes pulling his best Peter Murphy from the roof. --GC

Pawnshop Ruby, Shannon O'Connor, Velvet
Local 506

Pawnshop Ruby ain't some hooker the band named itself after. Singer Mary Thompson's preacher dad would likely whale the tar out of her were that the case. Though her mix of honky-tonk and bluegrass does get rowdy at times, aided by Fake Swedish's Joe Romeo's guitar, there's enough country in it as well to smooth things out. And as for the origins of the Pawnshop Ruby handle, Mary's first, long-lost guitar has that honor. 10 p.m./$6--GB

Sunday, May 29
The Silos, Wrinkle Neck Mules, Yasmine White
The Pour House

Where does a Vulgar Boatman goes when his craft is beached? To The Silos of course. Walter Silas-Humara gave The Silos their name because he thought his own was too unmanageable for the great unwashed. With bassist Drew Glackin and drummer Konrad Meissner's help, The Silos store and dispense tunes that sound like Gram Parsons fronting R.E.M. 8 p.m./$10--GB

Bright Eyes, The Faint
Millennium Center (in Winston-Salem)

One can only think of Jay Leno's churning stomach three weeks ago, as Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst--shrouded in a black cowboy hat, a tight-as-Texas cowboy button-up, and the dim lights of the big stage--opened his Late Show performance with these words: "When the president talks to God/ Are the conversations brief or long?/ Does he ask to rape our women's rights/ And send poor farm kids off to die?" Love him or hate him, Oberst is at the helm of indie's best, a brilliant songwriter who approaches despair, politics, love and redemption with a reassuring fire. He plays Digital Ash material with Saddle Creek mates The Faint, who also open. 8 p.m./$22--GC

Tuesday, May 31
The Port Huron Statement, Holden Richards
Local 506

On his new What I Gave Away, ex-Swami Holden Richards dizzies you with melody and then reels you in on one of hundreds of insistent hooks, claiming the perfect pop middle ground between Roy Orbison and Bill Lloyd. And the smart-pop of headliners The Port Huron Statement, as lean and elegant as an all-star shortstop, travels in Magnetic Fields and Flaming Lips territory. 10 p.m./free --RC

Shull, Flandreau, Radding Trio
De La Luz

Album release and mini-tour kick off for local oboist Carrie Shull and out-of-towners Tara Flandreau (viola) and Rueben Radding (bass). The Branch Will Not Break is the trio's debut on Umbrella Recordings, a continual melt between classical reins and uncharted, clattering, sinuous improvisation. Radding, who's kept company with Daniel Carter and Wally Shoup, is capable of full gale, though his restrain and string fusing with Flandreau and Shull's melodic scratches is as powerful. 9 p.m./$7--EW

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