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Music worth leaving the house to hear this week

Thursday, October 13
Brandi Carlile, Montage (formerly Jason Adamo Band)
Lincoln Theatre

With its endearing splits and twists, Brandi Carlile's cracked crystalline voice could suggest that she's just another 20-something country singer from the South trying to make it in Nashville. But she actually writes her songs, largely major chord, verse-chorus-verse romantic escapades that suggest she's anything but a simple Music Row damsel. The 23-year-old Washington state native's modern rock songs--perfect for fans of Coldplay and Howie Day--should land a large audience now that she's signed to Columbia, but her primarily acoustic heart and her intimacy suggest an Aimee Mann in waiting. $8-10/8 p.m. --GC

Delta Moon, Michele Malone
The Pour House

Formed in the '90s around twin slide guitarists Mark Johnson and former Brains frontman Tom Gray (who Cyndi Lauper covered for her hit "Money Changes Everything"), the Atlanta quintet wander a rustic trail between dusty twang, muddy blues and simmering rock, highlighted by the interplay of Gray and sultry singer Kristin Markiton. Malone's been at it almost as long as Gray, from being discovered by Clive Davis as a teen to the rugged roots rock (with emphasis on rock) of her last album, Stomping Ground. $5/10 p.m. --CP

Friday, October 14
Cole Guerra CD release show, Kenny Roby's Mercy Filter
Kings

On his new Scarves & Knives, Durham's Cole Guerra comes off like the third member of a pop triangle with Aimee Mann and Michael Penn, calling to mind the former's elegant moodiness, the latter's sneaky hookcraft, and the moonlit symphonic sweep of both. And talk is that January will finally see a CD release show for Kenny Roby's Mercy Filter. 10 p.m. --RC

Eric Reed Trio
Artscenter

Eric Reed emerged as a young hotshot in jazz, an 18-year-old pianist trading notes with many of the day's luminaries. He spent time in Wynton Marsalis' Septet and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, honing his chops on his peers' school of refined swing and hard bop. Reed, playing with bassist John Brown and drummer Russell Lacy, is a leader himself now.

Jazz players act as sponges musically, absorbing drops of those around them, distilling it into their own sound. Count off some of his collaborators--Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, Quincy Jones--and one gets Reed's crisp piano play. $16/8 p.m. --CT

Scott Miller & the Commonwealth
The Pour House

It's a double-header for Scott Miller fans. Miller provides the music for readings (by Jill McCorkle, Lee Smith and others) from Algonquin Books' new Best of the South: From the Second Decade of New Stories from the South. Later, Miller joins up with the Commonwealth to again prove that he's one of the best at, as he once said about Dave Alvin, "blending the folk and the rock without blinking an eye." Justin Earle, Steve's boy, opens. Free/7 p.m. (reading), $10/9 p.m. (rock show) --RC

Saturday, October 15
Tennis & the Mennonites
Bickett Gallery

This Chapel Hill outfit craft personal songs, with minimal instruments and a sharp staccato vocalization, so a show in the inviting--some would say intimate--surroundings of the Bickett just makes sense. --CT

Devendra Banhart
Cat's Cradle

Devandra Banhart is as important as any figure to emerge this decade from the indie world, grabbing at the beards and garments of the free/freak folk frenzy that sprouted from the minds of grizzled experimenters four decades ago and unraveling them for unsuspecting young audiences. His first three albums had surreal and esoteric lyrics about spiders, Elvis and finding a home that shouldn't exist with a hard-picked guitar inspired by Vashti Bunyan and the like. His latest, Cripple Crow, tills the same soil, but with a wide-open approach to arrangement and instrumentation. waters. Bunnybrains opens. $15/9:30 p.m. --GC

Sunday, October 16
The New Pornographers, Immaculate Machine, Destroyer
Cat's Cradle

If anything can ever redeem Canada for Alanis and Celine, it's this pairing. New Pornographers were originally viewed as a supergroup, which is accurate (they are super) but overlooks the central role of Carl Newman, who wrote much of the hooky, sophisticated pop on their latest, Twin Cinema. Sometime member Dan Bejar joins them on stage and on tour, with his solo band Destroyer. Sold out/8:30 p.m. --CP

Monday, October 17
Lozenge, Felt Battery, Clang Quartet
Nightlight (Black Dice After Party)

How does one follow a crooked and cracked night of noises from beyond? Make it a double. Starting 'round midnight, these hangers and bangers will roll out the fuzz carpet. Locals Felt Battery and Clang Quartet spread the static, with Chicagoans Lozenge. Donation/Midnight --CT

Clap Your Hands! Say Yeah
Local 506

With their self-released album--buoyed by a glowing review on the notoriously curmudgeonly online zine Pitchfork and subsequent heavy blogging--CYHSY has emerged as the buzz band of the year. There are few better stories of the Internet's impact. Musically, it's a bit like David Byrne fronting Neutral Milk Hotel at an '80s dance party, though the Brooklyn band's debut is eclectic. Locals Cities just signed to Yep Roc and is recording their debut with producer Brian Paulson for release next year. Sold out/10 p.m. --CP

Wednesday, October 19
John Davis
Local 506

Davis fronted punk-inflected power poppers Superdrag before they imploded two years ago. Davis emerged from the alcoholic and drug-imbued haze of his decade-long run with newfound spirituality. Always a talented songwriter, his self-titled is full of bouncy Beatles-like pop with orchestral flourishes and, of course, entirely too much talk of salvation to be comfortably played in the dens of iniquity he'll be booked, but it beats preaching to the converted. --CP

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