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Friday, July 22
Pedestrian Deposit, Oscillating Innards
Nightlight

The first word on Jon Borges (aka Pedestrian Deposit) arrived in 1999 when he guitar duo'ed with Alan Licht at No Music Festival. He was 14. Since then, he's crafted a complex, bulging red-eye strain of harsh noise imbedded with hued restraint and Xenakis. Oscillating Innards follow an equal path of cyclone discharges and has released works by local Jason Crummer. American Band opens. $3/10 p.m. --EW

Jon Shain, Mark Ambrose
Six String Café

For close to 20 years, Durham's Jon Shain has been walking a path carved out by roots rockers, bluegrassers and Piedmont bluesmen, exploring most of the twists and turns and shoulders along the way while refusing to take to the middle of the road. The music of Austin's Mark Ambrose travels those same unpaved byways, but his rural route signs, and his songs, are stamped Texas. $8/8 p.m. --RC

Paul Thorn, Danielle Howle
Cat's Cradle

A boxer who once fought Roberto Duran, Thorn is a rootsy, white-boy soul artist who also mines gospel and a bit of backwoods rock coming across as a hip amalgam of Jack Johnson's cool and Joe Cocker's bravado. Danielle Howle's evocative folk is as spirited as Shannon Wright's but less inscrutable and more rocking. $10/9 p.m. --CP

Electric Sunshine, Choosy Beggars, Dudegarden
Kings
Eddie Taylor, once of Big Joe and then of The Loners, describes his new Electric Sunshine as "a rock band ... fashion disaster." The lineup--Taylor, Chris Steiner and Paul Dresel--is essentially Big Joe, sans Joe, now riding saddle in The Cartridge Family. Expect to see rhinestone-collared jumpsuits and Fabio wigs with Electric Sunshine and to be spun around wild-ways by Dudegarden. The R&B authenticity of The Choosy Beggars opens it. --GC

Saturday, July 23
Bear Claw, a problem of alarming dimensions, Tel Aviv
Nightlight

Bear Claw creates a surprisingly catchy two-bass, one-kit cacophony that's like Modest Mouse staring down the possibility of commercial success with a fuck you, not a float on--hard, defiant and crafty. If McKaye and Albini ran American Idol, Bear Claw could be the finalist that leaves Bo Bice salivating. a problem of alarming dimensions mixes mathematical equations, shifting from the chiming bounce of Don Caballero, the epic-aiming levity of Explosions in the Sky and the head-shock feedback blister of Mogwai. $5/10 p.m. --GC

Chris Carrol Benefit
Fat Daddy's

The life of a professional musician is fraught with peril. Sometimes gigs dry up, and money is usually very tight. Area bassist Chris Carroll was recently hospitalized and had to undergo major surgery, without the aid of health insurance, and he is currently in debt to the hospital. Some of his musician friends decided the best way to help him was to put on a concert in his honor. Performers include members of Slowhand, Mel Melton, Armand Lenchek and Scott Sawyer. They'll get going around 6:30 p.m. --JR

Sunday, July 24
Anthony Neff
Sadlack's

Like Kenny Roby of late, Neff goes solo from a life of tough luck and love with a not-yet-defeated hopefulness, and his new record was recorded by Rob Farris on reel-to-reel. Neff's songs are much more pensive, though, and the same goes for his voice: a husky, warm and gentle tone that comes across alternately as an urgent half-whisper or a stoic set of instructions, both delivered in a way that implies that the song is more for you than about you. 6 p.m. --GC

Tuesday, July 26
Drunk Horse, Earwig, Jaded
Kings

The last time Drunk Horse hit McDowell Street, they were in retirement community get-ups for a pre-Halloween bash that turned out to be the final Kings set for the erstwhile lineup of The Cherry Valence. The two were a perfect pair: Drunk Horse is a High Life happy rock band swinging through classic rock-fired anthems. They've got their mind in the gutter, but they match it with ambitious arrangements incorporating bossa nova, serpentine soloing and an affectionate ode to Bach. The band's Adult Situations is a new-garage classic. --GC

The Hurt Process, Aiden, Junior Varsity, The Audition
The Brewery

Aiden has the black eyeshadow, but they're not My Chemical Romance--though it's their hope. The Hurt Process is from the U.K., but it might as well be Long Island as much as they sound like Taking Back Sunday. Junior Varsity is emo-pop in classic Promise Ring mold. It sounds pretty auspicious, but Victory Records has been hot lately between Atreyu, Hawthorne Heights and, of course, Taking Back Sunday. 8 p.m. --CP

Hot Young Priest
Local 506

This Atlanta trio has developed quite a buzz in a short time. Led by Mary Byrne, they specialize in sludgy, catchy crunch of the type last seen just before Kim Deal entered her basement and disappeared until Frank Black woke her for the Pixies reunion. Harder than the Breeders and hookier than Babes in Toyland, it's female-fronted rock glory. Because every man knows what happens when a woman straps on a guitar--they don't need a man anymore. $6/10 p.m. --CP

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