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Wednesday, March 15

Dr. Robert's Health Jazz: The Blue Rose Case, Kings

Familiar faces to the Triangle improviser set, Blue Rose Case is oboist and English horn player Carrie Shull, Chris Eubank on cello and bass, and drummer Dan Hall. Their ability to intuit free play keeps them exploring in collaborations, and their talent to express something to others keeps people listening. 10 p.m. --CT

Thursday, March 16

Mountain Heart, Big Fat Gap,
Cat's Cradle

Since forming in 1999, they've been on the Grand Ole Opry over 70 times. Founded by Doyle Lawson's Quicksilver bandmates guitarist Steve Gulley and fiddler Jim Van Cleve and IIIrd Time Out banjoist Barry Abernathy, Mountain Heart scores hits on both the bluegrass and country charts. Former Alison Krauss and Union Station mandolinist Adam Steffey, ex-James King bassist Jason Moore and ex-Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder guitarist Clay Jones round out the lineup. $12-15/8 p.m. --GB

Friday, March 17

Jackie-O Motherfucker, Clang Quartet, Mowing Lawns, Nightlight

First, a warning: Jackie-O Motherfucker shows are infamously inconsistent. Let that neither be an imprecation nor a curse, though, as, when this band is on, they are one of the most unfuckwithable American acts to surface in years. Their name suggests punk polemics, but what JOMF does best is the slow burn, instrumental tone pieces with high specific heat, illustrating peregrinating lost souls through meandering guitars and loping percussion, oftentimes never finding a way home. This band can break your heart without saying a word, or they can stop it with one raucous, emancipated explosion. $7/10 p.m. --GC

David Childers & the Modern Don Juans, Brothers Grim, Raleigh Music Hall

When he's sweating and testifying center stage, it's easy to think of David Childers as a confident, exuberant, only occasionally lapsing preacher who believes to the core every message he shares in songs like "George Wallace" and, fittingly, "Jailhouse Religion." And the Modern Don Juans are behind him, rocking like sin. Openers Brothers Grim are known to rock like hell, too. 10 p.m. --RC

Jett Rink, Fin Fang Foom, Reservoir

All tomorrow's parties will have to survive without the joie de vivre of JR guitarist Ben Felton, as this is his last show with the bacchanalian bangers. The future of the band, in fact, is uncertain, but this Patty's Day party will be strong with the conviction to shake things. Free/10 p.m. --CT

Saturday, March 18

Amy Rigby & Marti Jones: Cynical Girls, Wreckless Eric, Cat's Cradle

Smart and talented female musicians from the Replacements generation are 100 times sexier than the latest barely dressed poplet, and Amy Rigby and Marti Jones are two of the most perceptive and skilled from the 'mats class. Jones has covered Marshall Crenshaw, and Rigby's pop smarts are Crenshaw-vian, so even the Cynical Girls tag is spot on. The matchless Wreckless Eric will be sending out semaphore signals as the opener. $13-15/8:30 p.m. --RC

Transportation, Red Smokes White, The Wetlands

Somewhere in Twin Peaks, Audrey Horne is swaying back and forth to the drugged, spook-vamp of Red Smoke White's "Wrapped in Blue," and Bobby Briggs is smoking cigarettes as hard as he can to the soupy distro-o-rock of "Sinceamillion." Like the Lynch series, RSW is an ugly, seamy-underbelly sort of fun. So if you like it dirty and good, you'll like this. $6/10 p.m. --RM

The Dynamite Brothers, The Fustics, The Cave

In the Cave tradition, Wilmington roots rockers The Fustics kick off with an early set at 7:30, followed by Chapel Hill's own D Bros., who glide from gritty soul to blues hunch and crunch, at 10 p.m. --CT

Goner, Slim's

The most meaningful praise comes from your peers. When asked recently who their favorite local band is, the four members of Patty Hurst Shifter answered, unanimously and immediately, "Goner." And with resonant writing, unconventional pop hooks, and a frequent early R.E.M. vibe, what's not to love about keyboardist/frontguy Scott Phillips and crew? Free/10 p.m. --RC

Sunday, March 19

Johnny A., The Pour House

"A $49 Lafayette Electronics guitar became Johnny A.'s first girlfriend," reads the bio for the Boston guitarist's recent album of eclectic guitar romps, Get Inside. Much of the biography is an extended metaphor of Johnny's guitar-as-girl fascination, describing his rocky obsession with the hollow-bodied paramour. As banal as that seems, it makes sense for Johnny A. because--if his charm with the opposite sex is half as good as his guitar tone--he's the perfection of play(a/er)s. $12/7 p.m. --GC

Wednesday, March 22

The Drift, Maple Stave, Cheap Heat, Wetlands

Side project of Danny Grody of mighty ambient men Tarentel, San Francisco's The Drift occasionally sound as if they're dawdling to drift. Sometimes their stuff sounds so much like dub-inflected, quasi-free bop, it's almost reactionary. But--when they fall to the middle, when the bass barely throbs and the guitars slink between maelstroms and smooth sheets, when the textures coalesce and diverge--The Drift meets the challenge espoused by the Temporary Residence logo on the back of their latest, Noumena. $6/10 p.m. --GC

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