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Goner, Jo Gore & the Alternative, Derek Torres 

When: Fri., May 17, 10 p.m. 2013
Price: $5-7
Faking the Wisdom is the fourth album by Raleigh rock band Goner, and it is incontrovertibly their best. In the past, Goner's game was that they were a power trio without a guitar, and they treated their albums like expositions of their strength, pounding away to Scott Phillips' studies of the dejected like former nerds flexing at the gym. It worked, and Goner has made three very good records in just over a decade. The new one doesn't forsake that central quality so much as push beyond it; there are still three-piece bruisers, including the impatient "Victory Girl" and the skies-wide-open "River Town." But there's texture now—horns that lace behind the keys, percussion that teases the meter, harmonies that do more than emphasize. Goner has tested the limits of its power and found more, turning in a 10-song set that suggests these three guys (now all past 40) will never get old, no matter how studied, wise and bittersweet Phillips' observations may become. With Jo Gore & the Alternative and Derek Torres. —Grayson Currin

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