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Thursday, October 27
David Mead
The Pour House

There's a delicacy to the melodies that float the songs of David Mead and a literary quality to the scenes set, making Mead come off like an English professor who's traded his tweed jacket for a guitar and a key to the stage. But he's a prof with pop smarts, as evidenced by the title track from last year's gem Indiana and, most notably, the Adam Schlesinger-produced "Girl on the Roof," the crazy-catchiest course in his curriculum. $10/8 p.m. --RC

Clutch
Lincoln Theatre

For 15 years singer Neil Fallon's been leading this Maryland stoner funk-metal quartet through a blues-based boogie that traces its trajectory from Led Zeppelin through Faith No More. Heavy on the groove and blessed by Fallon's darkly ironic lyrical wit ("Army of Bono," "What Would a Wookie Do?"), Clutch aren't your typical drop-tuning metal mooks. For further evidence, check their latest, Robot Hive: Exodus, produced by J. Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines). $18-20/8:30 p.m. --CP

Medications, Cinemechanica
Kings

Dischord's Medications lives up to the name, offering razor-sharp nervous worldviews that are a panacea for the young and disenfranchised. Delivered by Chad Molter and Devin Ocampo and backed in fine form by the cross-kit histrionics of Andrew Becker, Medications skews well-made pop songs for a world that's not as copasetic as it would like to think, much like At The Drive-In. Cinemechanica's sound is driven a bit like Jehu: spastic and directed toward skittering snares, twisting guitars and ugly punchlines. des_Ark opens. --GC

ADULT., Fashion Design
Local 506

A fixture on the Detroit dance music scene since the mid-'90s, ADULT. signed to Thrill Jockey for this year's D.U.M.E. EP and Gimme Trouble LP, which featured the addition of a third member, Sam Consiglio on guitar. Riding a percolating techno drumbeat, singer Nicola Kuperus keys the proceedings with her off-kilter vocal shrieks and cockeyed lyrics. Their dark, squeaky sound feels like The Fall cavorting with Devo in a dank German disco. Local darkwave enthusiasts Fashion Design open, with Tigerbeat 6's Genders. $10/10 p.m. --CP

Friday, October 28
Dillon Fence
Local 506

Though they were unable to break nationally, Dillon Fence was enormously popular regionally in the early '90s, following the jangle pop template of R.E.M. and Guadalcanal Diary. They appeared on the verge of success in 1995, touring with the Black Crowes and Hootie & The Blowfish, but broke up instead with singer/guitarist Greg Humphries going on to found soul-funksters Hobex. The past couple of years have seen Dillon Fence release a retrospective double album and reunite for several shows. The band plays again Saturday at the Lincoln Theatre. $12/10 p.m. --CP

Saturday, October 29
The Oranges Band, Schooner, Gerty!
Wetlands

Craig Finn--former Lifter Puller dude and current Hold Steady savant--encapsulates The Oranges Band like this: "Most of all, this record and this band make me feel optimistic: that everything is going to be all right, and summer will be back again, even if we have to wade through some stuff between then and now." Hard to say it better, and when Schooner--perfect pop drifting on and laying in--hits its stride, they hit that same new-dawn mark. Gerty!, now with drummer Melissa York, opens. --GC

Junior Brown
Cat's Cradle

It's been well over a decade since Junior Brown was a true Lone Star State secret weapon, an upstart honky-tonker with a twist being touted by the likes of Nick Lowe and Joe Henry. But as long as he's still sporting that suit-and-cowboy-hat combo, that "you're in my jurisdiction now, son" voice, and, of course, that custom-made guit-steel, he's likely to keep making new fans and holding on to the old ones. $16/9 p.m. --RC

White Elephant, Fake Swedish, The Spinns
Local 506

Leadfoot guitarist Johnny Dzubek, ex-Comas drummer Cameron Weeks and singer Hugh Swaso are White Elephant, whose early demos have a bluesy, classic rock roar that should sit nicely alongside the supple, '60s garage-psych grooves of Fake Swedish and The Spinns' brash, Nuggets to the wall, garage-punk party. Free/10 p.m. --CP

Garmonbozia, Dom Casual, Fontana, Jim Smith's Tall Buildings
305 South

Members of Malt Swagger, Dom Casual and Three Torches reunite as Garmonbozia for two tributes to the tunes of Twin Peaks. No word yet on whether or not someone will be cross-dressing or if David Bowie will stop by for a cameo, but here's hoping Chris Issak will be in the building. Dom Casual, Fontana and Jim Smith's Tall Buildings join the 305 South Ball, and a reunited version of the Cover Girls joins Garmonbozia for a show at Local 506 on Sunday, Oct. 30. --GC

Sunday, October 30
Shannon O'Connor, Jan Smith
The Cave

Carrboro's Shannon O'Connor is a visual artist as well as a musician, painting on such found objects as barn boards, door panels and other unlikely, salvaged canvases. Similarly, her music makes use of country, pop, rock and old-time to create a sound that can be called her own--as much, in these hybrid days, as any sound can--a vibrant, rootsy blend that she's christened "sultry Americana." Charlottesville, Va.-based Jan Smith shares both the bill and a certain rustic sensibility. $5/8 p.m. --RC

Shalini, Parklife, Bellglide
Cat's Cradle

Guitarist/vocalists Shalini Chatterjee and Mitch Easter and drummer Eric Marshall are such musicheads that their names are accompanied by their gear in the CD booklet for Shalini's 2004 release Metal Corner. With newest member Jane Francis on bass, the quartet will continue to make big, goofy rock that represents the perfect nesting ground between AC/DC and Matthew Sweet's "Girlfriend"--with a fondness for covering Cheap Trick's "Downed" also a telling sign. $5/9 p.m. --RC

Wednesday, November 2
Richard Thompson
The ArtsCenter

The work of Richard Thompson, such as the tense classic Shoot Out the Lights that he crafted with then-wife Linda in 1982, is not exactly awash in optimism. But don't let that force you to abandon hope that someone will be looking to unload a ticket for this sold-out concert 15 minutes before show time, enabling you to witness Thompson make a single acoustic sound like a guitar symphony. Whatever the guy outside is charging/8 p.m. --RC

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