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Music worth leaving the house to hear this week

Thursday, September 22
Swords, David Karsten Daniels
Local 506

Convincing six band members--with experiences ranging from orchestral work to rock band grunt to audio engineer--could be frightfully difficult, but Portland's Swords seems tractable enough. The band--two drummers, guitars, electronics, violin and whatever else fits ad hoc--simultaneously manages to branch out and hang together, bridling electronic textures and outbound extrapolation to a rock 'n' roll horse of OK Computer and Automatic for the People breeding, a technopop dream unwrapped in high-resolution technicolor. $7/10 p.m. --GC

The Cartridge Family
The Cave

They're a beer-brandishing, boot-stomping, barre-chords-and-attitude rock act, which means they hail from Raleigh. Their mission of mercy is to reignite the imaginations of Chapel Hill's stoical shoegazers with the alcohol-fueled crash and crunch of classic rock 'n' roll with a vaguely Neil Young-ish tint. Is it too late for the over-intellectualized indie masses? Not if they join The Family. $5/10 p.m. --CP

Friday, September 23
The Heavenly States, Goner, SNMNMNM
Kings

For Oakland's The Heavenly States, dynamic violin and swampy indie guitar just fit, and they follow each other through these abstracted, edged-up pop songs like innate mates: "This is a mission for the culture of the whores, freaks, junkies and leeches and the preachers and the poor" sings Ted Nesseth, while Genevieve Gagon skates above it all with an effervescent, bird-song violin melody. One song later, she's buried down, providing an uneasy urgency as he screams like a preacher from the pulpit, "And from the battle my saddles was thrown / Caution the dreamers to take what they know." 10 p.m. --GC

Saturday, September 24
The Young Idea
The Cave

They dress for success, and their high energy mod-punk is as impeccable as their sartorial sense. Like The Jam covering "Cherry Bomb," this all-girl trio deliver rebellious, power-chord punk with the pissed-off verve of former retail monkeys anxious to burn down the mall. $5/10 p.m. --CP

Hot Young Priest, Dexter Romweber & The New Romans
Local 506

What's so hot about heat? For me, it's the fact that it can go either way, or no way at all: Things stay the same or they burn. Atlanta's Hot Young Priest--the mighty fine rebound band of former Shamgod Mary Byrne--doesn't burn, but the band's throbbing three-piece push gropes grunge and allies alternative, glowing bright with heat blown in from Byrne's sultry, country girl-gone-big city allure. One of the South's emerging standouts, opening for an extant one, Dexter Romweber. $6/ 8 p.m. --GC

Sunday, September 25
The Posies, Deathray Davies
Local 506

The Posies loved Big Star so much that they became the band--backing Alex Chilton and Jody Stephens for the '93 reunion, and a just finished album. Effortless power pop with jangling guitars, ringing choruses and bright, hummable melodies, the Posies are like Big Star's favorite nephew. Deathray Davies' fuzzy indie pop is frayed around the edges, like Guided By Voices, with a bit of dark, ragged crunch in places. $10/9 p.m. --CP

Spottiswoode and His Enemies, The Steve Dawson Band
Pour House

The seven-piece Spottiswoode and His Enemies, fronted by Englishman Jonathan Spottiswoode, revel in the three C's: Cash, Cohen and Cave. Steve Dawson, who used to lead the dreamy Americana band Dolly Varden with his wife Diane Christiansen, celebrates his love of soul music on his solo debut Sweet Is the Anchor. And, yes, you can expect a Stevie Wonder cover. $10/6 p.m. --RC

The Love Drunks
The Cave

The Love Drunks are a backyard blow-out cum rooftop rager that just keeps finding another level as the waters continue to rise. This rootsy garage-punk quartet features an upright bass player holding down the groove-beholden low-end while lead singer Patrick A. moans, writhes and roars to punkish blues blasts. They just signed to Alive! for their debut full-length and are known for white-hot live performances. Dress accordingly. $5/10 p.m. --CP

Monday, September 26
Diamond Nights, The Vacation, The Bleeding Hearts
Local 506

On their debut LP Popsicle, Diamond Nights frontman Morgan Phalen offers, "Good lovin' sure does make the night less stubborn." That said, good rock like this--swaggering riffs belying a spare, song-centric approach--makes the night less stock. From Kemado Records--the label that brought Dungen stateside--Diamond Nights is the rock Œn' roll gem of former Massachusetts childhood playmates Phalen and Tim Traynor, and their Popsicle is one of the finest vinyl-only era discs to come from NYC all year. They see dead-level with openers, The Bleeding Hearts. $7/8 p.m. --GC

H2O, Death By Stereo, A Wilhelm Scream
Cat's Cradle

Punk's rich heritage continues to fertilize young minds and hearts, as these hardcore nostalgists demonstrate. New York's H2O has wedded tasty hooks to hardcore rattle since lead singer Toby Morse got his start opening for Sick Of It All in the mid-'90s. A Wilhelm Scream carries on after fellow Beantown bands like Slapstick and Gang Green, with vocals that veer from Oi!-ish shout-alongs to impassioned singing reminiscent of early emo over the crispy, chugga-chugga of old school Cali punk. Death By Stereo have a metalcore/thrash sound reminiscent of Faith No More. $10-12/7:30 p.m. --CP

Tuesday, September 27
Head of Femur, The Firebird Band, SNMNMNM
Local 506

Nebraska's Head of Femur is the musical equivalent of Pop Rocks candy, a sizzling, scintillating confection that's as much cultural artifact as treat. Their sugary, soaring orchestral rock feels like an extension of Sgt. Pepper (or a reunited Beulah), delivered with the warm kitchen sink production of Saddle Creek's Mogis brothers. Pretty, if a tad overweening. The Firebird Band is the latest project of Chris Broach (Braid) and works a buzzing electro-rock vibe. Local geek rock champions SNMNMNM open. $8/10 p.m. --CP

Jeff Hart & the Nervous Grooms, Holden Richards
The Cave

It's better to throw up your hands in defeat than to attempt to recall all of Jeff Hart's band leaderships and affiliations over the years, from the Hanks and Ruins to the Two Dollar Pistols, Panther Branch Boys, and Brown Mountain Lights. The Nervous Grooms offer a nod to Hart's mid-'90s gem of a record Glances from a Nervous Groom. Pure-popping Holden Richards, another local guy who's been around, splits the bill. 10 p.m. --RC

Wednesday, September 28
Minus the Bear, These Arms Are Snakes, Criteria
Cat's Cradle

All three acts are informed by the post-punk D.C. sound. Minus The Bear have a bouncier pop approach with as many hooks as churning guitar passages. These Arms Are Snakes have a sinewy sound that recalls a leaner, more atmospheric Jawbox. Criteria features former Chapel Hill resident Stephen Pederson (White Octave, Cursive) surveying similarly herky-jerky indie rock, but with chunkier hooks. $10/8:30 p.m. --CP

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