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Music worth leaving the house to hear this week

Wednesday, July 13
The Woggles, Seth Coluzzi
The Cave

The Wogs qualify as honorary denizens of the Triangle, having brought their good time rock 'n' roll to the area umpteen times, including as a highlight of Sleazefest. Get up close and personal with 'em at the Cave. Singer Seth Coluzzi at 7:30 p.m., The Woggles at 10 p.m. --CT

Thursday, July 14
The Clarks, Watershed
Lincoln Theatre

Ostensible shoo-ins for a radio pedestal on the heels of former tourmate John Mayer's success, Pittsburgh's Clarks never cashed in on the commercial side of their four-minute rock songs, most likely due to a lack of major-label mechanics. Scott Blasey writes bad-luck, still-hopeful soul searchers for fans of Top 40 dudes Better Than Ezra and matchbox twenty, but the stuff really comes alive on stage. If resilience were Franklins, this workhorse band would have busted several banks. $10/9 p.m. --GC

Friday, July 15
Bret Michaels
Lincoln Theatre

As lead singers of '80s metal groups go, Bret Michaels has a lot to recommend him--he's never been convicted of vehicular homicide, been the beefcake on a sinking TV sitcom, burned down a nightclub full of fans, nor spent an estimated $13 million on a still unreleased album. Admittedly, the Kid Rock/nouveau redneck look from 2003's Songs of Life is pretty dated, but then so is "Nothin' But a Good Time." Plus, if it all falls apart, he can still probably parlay his Poison experience into a gig with Avon. $16/9 p.m. --CP

Fake Swedish, The Cartridge Family
The Cave

Each time I see The Cartridge Family, it's a double-edged sword. I'm glad to have the chance to see their Faces-fueled effrontery, but I wouldn't mind if they were spending the night finishing their debut album, either (the phrase "long-awaited" is redundant now). But longtime Raleigh producer Rob Farris swears it's two songs from finished. Fake Swedish's first, Effigy, burned this year, and it delivers loads of half-conservatory, half-clubcrawler guitar swagger on tunes about bone bags, meat triggers and hometown hacks. 10 p.m. --GC

Hobex
The Pour House

Greg Humphries and the gang do their party-time shuffle and various vernaculars--Meters-styled funk, hands-in-the-air "I know this one" sing-alongs, straight-up hard rock--so that all the bases are covered. Hot summer on a Friday in Raleigh. $8/10 p.m. --CT

Saturday, July 16
Caitlin Cary & Thad Cockrell, Roman Candle
The Pour House

PB&J. 7&7. S&M. Some things just go well together, and Cary & Cockrell are a perfect example. Like politics and hypocrisy, their voices blend so perfectly it's hard to imagine them apart. Over a loping, sad-sack country waltz they pair for a heart-rending exploration of the heart's tattered byways and bypasses. Roman Candle favors snappy rock and country crackle with a dash of pop. $10/10 p.m. --CP

Can't
Nightlight

Can't is Bostonian Jessica Rylan, a stomping-foot folkie for today's consumer electronics age. Cooing or coughing voice-a-tales through her self-built synths, Rylan's oft-lullaby voice becomes covered in wind-swept specks of crunched, wavering oscillations and sine wave squabbles. An uneasy rawness hovers atop her mangled torch songs and draws you in, like a puppy to antifreeze. Jason Crumer, Pykrete and DJs Mothersbrothers open. $3/10:30 p.m. --EW

Victor Wooten
Cat's Cradle

Equally at home performing futuristic bluegrass with a jazz bent or bass-slapping R&B, Victor Wooten has the chops to conquer most musical situations. His work with the Flecktones provided him a unique compositional outlet, but his penchant for bass grooves has led him to a solo career paved by artists like Marcus Miller. With the help of his brother, Future Man, he won a couple Grammys with the Flecktones and has received numerous other awards. His latest release, Soul Circus, finds him in the R&B saddle, complete with awe-inspiring bass solos and smooth vocals. $20/9 p.m. --JR

Maria Taylor, Statistics, Taylor Hollingworth
Local 506

If you've heard everyone talking about Saddle Creek, Bright Eyes, Cursive and company but haven't looked into the sounds of the Omaha bellwether, Maria Taylor's 11:11 may be your best initiation. One-half of Azure Ray, Taylor's first solo album is a song-by-song case study of all that can be right about the Saddle Creek label: the wistful country longing of "Hitched" recalls Oberst (and Jolie Holland), the dance quake of "One for the Shareholder" thumps with fondness for The Faint, and "Hitched" hints at producer Andy LeMaster's pregnant pensiveness in his own Now It's Overhead. $8/9:30 p.m. --GC

Des_Ark, Cantwell, Gomez & Jordan, Maple Stave, Manamid
Wetlands

If, by chance, you make this excellent Wetlands four-band bender and leave withouth jerking your head and knees several dozen times to the mathematically minded snare hits bound to happen, check your health insurance and see a doctor. des_ark runs on the fuel of a shredding two-piece blitzkrieg of idiosyncratic tunings and bustling drums, and Cantwell, Gomez & Jordan slam sax, drums, bass and snarling guitars into angular z-turns. A warning: If you insist upon jerking your knees with every beat, wear a knee brace the moment Maple Stave's Evan Rowe steps behind the kit--dude's dangerous. --GC

Sunday, July 17
WXYC's Backyard Bar-B-Q live with Schooner, Can Joann, Erie Choir
Local 506

The long-standing local music show at WXYC provides undying support of Triangle artists of all stripes. This show marks an occasional series of live broadcasts from the 506, with some different shades of melody and rhythm by three locals. Free/8 p.m. --CT

Monday, July 18
Rosie Flores, Emily Waszak
Local 506

With the Screamin' Sirens and her own Rosie & The Screamers on the early part of her résumé, and recordings with rockabilly/country legends Wanda Jackson, Ray Campi and Janis Martin farther down the page--not to mention a run of high-spirited solo records for the Hightone label in the middle--Texas-born, Southern Cal-raised Rosie Flores belongs on the alt-country matriarch short-list. Future alt-folk matriarch Emily Waszak opens. $8/10 p.m. --RC

Tuesday, July 19
Neal Medlyn
Nightlight

Raconteur, dancer, pop singer, laugh-maker and 2004's Mr. Lower East Side, Neal Medlyn is a capital "p" Performer sorta like a young Sammy Davis in bikini-briefs. Very much off-Broadway, Medlyn commands stages across NYC, inciting audiences with neon vaudeville routines that rummage whatever topic is on his or your mind. Possibly in drag, he will surely be showing skin in equal proportions to Boyzone, who start the party at 10 p.m. for $3. --EW

The Spinns, Coffin Bound
Local 506

Like a shockless semi speeding down a steep grade, The Spinns have enough shake, rattle and roll to turn your liver into bean dip. It's a grimy, scabrous garage-bred roar that harks back to those late-'60s Nuggets, crossbred with hydroponic punk-fueled chronic. Athens' basement punkers Coffin Bound open. 10 p.m. --CP

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