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March 22 through March 29 

Music worth leaving the house for

Wednesday, March 22

Jamie McLean Band, Organix,
the Pour House

Playing guitar in the Dirty Dozen Brass Band has got to be a mighty fine gig, but its large ensemble cast doesn't really allow room for Jamie McLean to let his compositions shine. Enter the Jamie McLean Band and This Time Around, an ace collection of punchy, Crowesy rockers. Wilmington-based outfit Organix opens. $6/10 p.m. --RC

Stereolab, Sam Prekop & Archer Prewitt, Cat's Cradle

Gane and Sadier and friends did not turn into the 00's version of soft rock, despite reports to the contrary. They did make a signature elastic sound, stretchable for many records and versions, like the best rhythm-based music, but their curiosity continued on their last album with a nod to house music; ever sounding like the 'lab. Prekop and Prewitt open with contemplative pop (not adult contemporary). $15/9:15 p.m. --CT

Thursday, March 23

Adrian Belew, Grant Tennille,
Cat's Cradle

It's one of those weather-in-Texas things: If you don't like the current Adrian Belew, wait a bit and another will come by. There's the guitar-hero band member--and good luck finding another résumé that sports Zappa, Bowie, King Crimson and Talking Heads. There's the versatile solo guy, equally comfortable unhinged or unplugged. And there's my favorite--leader of eccentric-pop band the Bears. $16-18/8:30 p.m. --RC

Lesbians on Ecstasy, The Ex-Members, Robosapien, Duke Coffeehouse

Flip the script, won't you? Here's Canada's finest LonX warping pop numbers into their own machinations; k.d. lang goes industrial, punk gets perverted, etc. Partying along the way: The Ex-Members, a new project from the former Gerty members, and Robosapien, a rambunctious rap attack splitting absolutes like kindling. $6/9:30 p.m. --CT

Chachalaca, Bringerer, Monopoli, The Cave

"Local" has varied connotations, but in Chachalaca--Joe Taylor (Capsize 7) and pals named for a turkey-like bird that sounds like this state's nickname--and Bringerer, an amalgam of CH folks from Frisbees to Pipers, it points to experience and rethinking what location means, if anything, to a musician. 10:30 p.m. Monopoli: 7:30 p.m. --CT

Friday, March 24

Jenny Lewis & The Watson Twins, Dan Sartain, Whispertown 2000,
Cat's Cradle

Jenny Lewis' work with the Watson Twins on Rabbit Fur Coat is, so far, the year's most paradoxically polarizing album. On the positive flip, it's good to hear her settling into the roots, returning to a fold of gorgeously arranged, semi-cosmopolitan country music after the last record from her band, Rilo Kiley, flirted a bit too closely with Top 40 polish. Sometimes, as on the provocative "Born Secular," it works in a big way. On the other hand, it can sound remarkably unconvinced and unconvincing for a roots reckoning: Songs about corrupt people with power and childhood struggles (hell, even Reba McEntire's "Fancy" is more striking than the too-easy title track) miss the mark, as do softball lines like "When you're kissing someone too much like you it's like kissing a mirror." $12-14/9 p.m. --GC

Kenny Roby's Mercy Filter,
Raleigh Music Hall

"Evidently You," "On the Wind," "Foot Soldier" and "The Committee"--a tender love song, a bouncy popper, a painfully lovely country-soul tune, and a tuneful full-song metaphor respectively--represent the best four-song stretch I expect to encounter this year. You can find them on Kenny Roby's album The Mercy Filter, and Roby and his band will be happy to play 'em all for you. 10 p.m. --RC

The Physics of Meaning,
Bickett Gallery

The Bu Hanan collective's big band takes Daniel Hart's geographically, temporally and historically pegged snapshots--reference points range from Florida's Electoral College conflagration and The Princess Bride's Vizzini--and turns them into moving pictures played out in Technicolor. This time, the bandhas some new members in tow, and around-town whispers hint at exciting
developments for the Triangle's essential music
collective. 10 p.m. --GC

Saturday, March 25

Eisley, simon dawes, brighten,
Cat's Cradle

Tyler, Texas-based sibling band Eisley released a stellar debut record last year. An indie pop offering with 10 quaint songs--none of which went on for longer than four minutes--Room Noises should have been met by loads of critical and commercial acclaim. Strangely, though, no one really gave a rip about the band's brand of pretty. Maybe it had something to do with how unashamed they were of their directness and simplicity. Whatever the reason, these kids are Pop-On-Purpose, playing lovey-dovey songs squeaky clean, waxing wholesome and wearing the same Chucks and Urban Outfitters graphic tees that decorate O.C. cast members. $10-12/8:30 p.m. --RM

Sunday, March 26

Mates of State, Maria Taylor,
Ben Davis & the Jetts, Cat's Cradle

Is the following excerpt from the biography of two swingers or Mates of State: "[They] quit their day jobs as a teacher and cancer researcher in 2001, got married, and hit the road bringing their love to the rest of the world." I'll let you do the research, but--in the meantime--Mates of State is the lawfully wedded Kori Garnder and Jason Hammel on organ and drums, respectively, singing and smiling big, rhythmically intricate pop songs about loving and living and being happy and touring and singing songs. It's pretty fun, but not recommended for those with emotional diabetes. $12-14/9 p.m. --GC

Shurman, The Pour House

Shurman has to be saluted for sheer ambition and determination: Two friends from childhood in Georgia reconnect in Los Angeles and form Shurman, a rootsy, Stones-and-Staples-influences band that speaks more to the blues, country and soul matrix of their formative years than the glint of Hollywood. They hit the road hard, making their own way to SXSW, playing several hundred shows in a few years and selling 20,000 EPs out of their van. They made a record, Jubilee, on their own, and then allowed Vanguard Records to release it. Sure, technology can help your band, but Shurman is proof that sweat, road rubber and asphalt can still go a long way. $8-10/7 p.m. --GC

Nathan Asher & the Infantry,
Jeffrey Dean Foster, Local 506

Springsteen and Dylan--two of warble-mouthed Infantry leader Nathan Asher's influences--work(ed) by a pretty simple blueprint: man plus band. Asher and his Infantry firmly plant themselves in those big ol' footsteps. But with this band, understatement is usually key. It's all about the words, but back seat playing never sounds as impressive as it does on "Turn up the Faders" or the stunningly vivid "You Cannot Quit Smoking." $6/9 p.m.--RM

Monday, March 27

Bob Mould, Patrick Park, Cat's Cradle

Mould blew up expectations of toeing the line ever since the Hüskers split, gunning for melody in Sugar, rhythm as a prolific dance DJ, and embracing both in his new work. Presented here in his spare acoustic setting, the essence of his song skills should lift like wheat from the chaff. $15/9:15 p.m. --CT

Tuesday, March 28

Glenn Tilbrook, Jim Bianco,
The Pour House

Glenn Tilbrook was the primary vocalist in Squeeze and the melody-making half of the band's Difford-Tilbrook team, the '80s version of Lennon-McCartney as so many were fond of saying. His solo career is going quite nicely, thank you, and his shows are crowd-pleasing carnivals of the old and the new. Idiosyncratic and insightful singer/songwriter Jim Bianco opens. $17-20/8 p.m. --RC

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