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Thursday, January 26
Wannabeezer (Weezer tribute), Mediocre Bad Guys (Jack Johnson tribute)
Lincoln Theatre

To what level must a band or solo artist climb to be worthy of a tribute act? (Don't hurt yourself; it's a rhetorical question.) Whatever the heights, Weezer and Jack Johnson have apparently reached them, explaining this twin-trib lineup at the Lincoln Theatre, which has become the holy land of homage. $7/9 p.m. --RC

The Talk, The Capulets, The Verdict
Local 506

If the CBGB's hallowed walls could speak through the decades of smoke and grime, it might sound a little like this pairing. The guitars jiggle and bounce between the nervy '80s new-wave/power-punk vibe of Charlotte's The Talk and locals The Capulets' dispassionate and leather-jacketed East Village charms, sounding like a cross between The Walkmen and The Strokes. $6/9:30 p.m. --CP

Eyes to Space, Another Tombstone Dream, Tripp
Kings

If any genre needs a shot of humor in its annoyingly stoic arm, it's prog rock--a humorless behemoth championed by pony-tailers and math majors alike. Luckily, Chapel Hill's very own Eyes to Space do just as much laughing and merrymaking as they do scaling necks and changing tempos. 'Course, it ain't easy to write dork-rock or carefully campy synth anthems like virtuosos, and it ain't easy to look cool with a keytar strapped to your crotch, but Jay Cartwright and Eyes sure do pull both off like champs. 10:30 p.m. --RM

Friday, January 27
Colossus, On Three, Black Skies
Local 506

On Three combines brothers Eric and David Haugen with Glissade guitarist Adam Waldron, Eric (Fake Swedish) projecting a mildly sedated nervous energy in his delivery, jumping on the tracks and shaking hands with a few pinnacles on the path from 1977's My Aim is True to 1987's The Joshua Tree, ends inclusive. Personal mythology bottled with whammy bars and truck-stop cassettes. Black Skies--Kevin Clark, Michelle Temple, Thomas M. White--claim they sound like the apocalypse, but if their demos are an indication, they're more like a PBR Saturday night. $2/10 p.m. --GC

Robert Pollard, Portastatic
Cat's Cradle

The leader of Guided By Voices, Pollard celebrates the release of his first post-GBV solo album, From a Compound Eye (Merge), backed by his new touring band featuring Tommy Keene on guitar and Superchunk drummer Jon Wurster. The album goes beyond the British Invasion meets Cheap Trick style that prevailed most often with GBV, exploring a more oddly textural, vaguely art rock direction. $14/10 p.m. --CP

Django Haskins
Blayloc Café

With his literate pop sophistication, it's perhaps not surprising that Haskins gravitates toward orchestral and cabaret pop with his new combo Old Ceremony. The sometimes wry pop Haskins favors as a solo artist has always reminded me of Elvis Costello. He's appearing as part of a new Friday singer/songwriter happy hour (an oxymoron if I've ever heard one). Free/6 p.m. --CP

The Semantics, Hearts & Daggers
Sadlack's

Like the New Bomb Turks with a Black Flag jones, The Semantics play high-energy, California hardcore with dirty garage chug. Hearts & Daggers play whiskey-soaked country with a rock flair, sounding like a less punkish Mike Ness or a less polished Old 97s. Free --CP

Saturday, January 28
The Kingsbury Manx, Michael Holland, Big Fat Gap
Wetlands

One of the four great records released by Yep Roc in 2005 (the others: Thad & Caitlin, Chatham County Line, The Go-Betweens), The Kingsbury Manx's The Fast Rise & Fall of the South managed to transcend the others in its element of surprise. At last, it captures a band with enough synergy and trust to allow Bill Taylor to take the strengths of the band--gorgeously simple instrumentation beneath a persistent hush defying the material's own internal turmoil--and turn it into one beaming, brilliant, beyond-skin-deep pop album. Michael Holland, backed by Big Fat Gap, opens a promising bill. $6/10 p.m. --GC

Jerry Joseph Acoustic Duo, David Titchener
The Pour House

I'll say it: The hang-by-the-bar crowd at The Pour House can get a little chatty, especially when an acoustic act is in the house. But my money says that Jackmormon leader and Widespread Panic collaborator Jerry Joseph can keep them hushed, thanks to an energetic stage presence and pounding support from percussionist J.T. Poe. Raleigh's David Titchener opens. $8-10/10 p.m. --RC

Chronic Town (R.E.M. tribute), Planet Claire (B-52's tribute)
Local 506

Spreading the local tribute band love across Athens, Ga., members of Triangle groups The Butchies, Dom Casual, Fashion Design, Gerty!, Jett Rink, Mind Sirens, Old Ceremony and The Sames will reminisce the cerebral janglers and space-age hedonists for old times' sake. $6/10:30 p.m. --CT

Sunday, January 29
Amish Jihad, Ruscha
Reservoir

At this no cover affair, the Jihad's cantankerous shuffle between punk's growl and the scowl of metal's foreboding tone meets fellow Chapel Hill ruff 'n' ready outfit Ruscha. Arrive promptly to ask the openers if their name refers to the pop artist Ed Ruscha. Free/10 p.m. --CT

Amy Loftus, Will Kimbrough
The Pour House

Credit Will Kimbrough with the alluring countenance of Amy Loftus' 2005 debut, Straight to Amy. The whipsmart Nashville producer plays to the talents of the former painter and actress, letting her songs take center stage and framing them with warm acoustics, so as not to sound overbearingly analytical, unbearably country crunk. Her songs are plaintive ballads with an acumen and attitude, and she's one of the leading female lights to emerge from Nashville in awhile. Headliners The Silos, as a general rule, are ace. $10/7 p.m. --GC

Tuesday, January 31
Bombadil
The Cave

In the words of Dolph Ramseur, who is preparing to record the Durham quartet Bombadil (and whose Ramseur Records is home to The Avett Brothers), "If The Band and the Flaming Lips had a baby, it would sound a lot like Bombadil." A tremendous musical tease for sure, but I could do without the imagery conjured by that union. 9 p.m. --RC

Wednesday, February 1
Armor for Sleep, Boys Night
The Brewery

Fuse is a TV station. You can thank it for that scary metal girl named Julia, and a pop-core pandemic that's plaguing high schools all over the United States. You can also thank it for what happened to Detroit's Boys Night Out: There was a time when the guys tended toward an abrasive blueprint--singable hook then sandpaper howl over chunky riff--but now they sound a whole lot like headliners Armor for Sleep, mirror-watching to perfect that sheepish emo posture that's all the rage. Even so, the Boys have their sensitive guy thing down pat, and trump the ultra-wusses in Acceptance pretty much any day of the week. $10-12/7:30 p.m. --RM

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