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Devin the Dude; Caribou; Gambling the Muse; Hobex; Peter Case; more

The Guide to The Week's Concerts 



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This week's guide contains:

YES, PLEASE: Devin the Dude, Ray Wylie Hubbard & Sarah Borges, Michael Franti, Cat Power with Dirty Delta Blues

EH, WHATEVER: Caribou, The Donnas, Earlimart

VS.: Hobex vs. Peter Case

INTRODUCING: Gambling the Muse

LAST WEEK'S PARTY: RWAKE and Baroness

SONG OF THE WEEK: Tulsa's "Shaker"




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YES, PLEASE

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10.13 DEVIN THE DUDE @ CAT'S CRADLE

An enviably cool emcee from a country spot near Houston, Devin The Dude is perhaps the most clever, charming storyteller in hip hop right now. His takes dance with nonchalant swagger that swings through flame-flicker verses and escalates upward into impeccably sung, smooth-soul hooks. Devin's best work hinges on weed and explicit sexual exploits often written off as misogyny. But contradiction (compare "Lil' Girl Gone" to "Just Because") is his balancing act, and his latest, Waiting to Inhale, reveals a pleasure obsessive with a heart of gold. His mom loves his records, and Dr. Dre has been a fan since 1994's Odd Squad albums. With Del and the Coughee Brothaz. $18-$20/ 9:30 p.m. —Grayson Currin

10.12 RAY WYLIE HUBBARD & SARAH BORGES @ HIDEAWAY BBQ

With an outlaw stance and a catalog of songs as searching as they are rugged, Ray Wylie Hubbard represents the past and present of the rustic singer-songwriter club. That said, feel free to refer to Sarah Borges—with a unique writing voice of her own as well a knack for owning others' songs—as the future of roots-rock. $12-$15/ 9:30 p.m. —Rick Cornell

10.12 MICHAEL FRANTI @ LINCOLN THEATRE

As Franti's latest, Yell Fire! suggests, the 40-something musician's comfortable making waves. Franti's long been a thoughtful provocateur, but it's been a while since his music and lyrical activism have meshed as nicely as they do on the reggae-inflected Yell and 2003's Everyone Deserves Music. $22.50-$25/ 9 p.m. —Chris Parker

10.16 CAT POWER WITH DIRTY DELTA BLUES @ CAT'S CRADLE

After Chan Marshall's rep dipped into moroseness and public drama, fence-riders needed convincing. Enter The Greatest, sobriety and a New York Times feature. Now she charms with a full band of aces that complements her soulful voice, that voice that stuns. Joe Romeo & the Orange County Volunteers open. $22.50/ 9 p.m. —Chris Toenes


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EH, WHATEVER

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10.11 CARIBOU @ LOCAL 506

This is what a potential lawsuit can do to you: In 2004, Dan Snaith was forced to drop his Manitoba moniker after lead Dictator "Handsome Dick" Manitoba got mad. Enter Caribou. While the difference between the two periods isn't monumental, the transition saw Snaith add a lot of weight, instrumentation and ideas to his sound. It was a problematic move only because his songs were already crowded, so Caribou felt like hearing one and a half Manitoba records at once. Certain sections overtook others at moments when they should've been held at bay, diluting and confusing some pretty fantastic songs. We blame Handsome Dick. At least live, Professor Snaith brings one of those double-drum experiences: Maybe skip the records, take some Adderall and consider the show. With Born Ruffians. $10/ 9 p.m. —Robbie Mackey

10.12 THE DONNAS @ CAT'S CRADLE

While the concept of hot women playing hard rock as catchy as Cheap Trick and deliciously dumb as AC/DC has undeniable allure (see "Cherry Bomb"), The Donnas' hormonal vamp ages worse than episodes of Married With Children. The band's table-turning sexual empowerment ("Don't Wait Up For Me," "Take It Off") went from cheeky to one-note monotonous several albums ago. $13-$15/ 8 p.m. —Chris Parker

10.13 EARLIMART @ DUKE COFFEEHOUSE

Earlimart hides pedestrian sentiment among clever keyboards and icy textures, writing lyrics like "Across the city, across the sea/ come back, baby, connect to me" and channeling mostly unintended ennui. Actually, the sounds aren't that good: If Earlimart's sonic shield weren't so borrowed and Grandaddy Jr., maudlin schlock would be tolerable. As it is, not at all. With Office and The Tourist. $8/ 9:30 p.m. —Grayson Currin


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HOBEX

From: Durham
Since: 1996
Claim to fame: Enlightening souls

Before forming Hobex, vocalist/ songwriter/ frontguy/ guitarist Greg Humphreys led Dillon Fence, an outfit melodic and hooky enough to fall under the shine of power-pop's ever-vigilant searchlight. But Humphreys' voice, a rich and emotive instrument, gave the band an extra dimension: Pop-eyed soul, perhaps? Now with Hobex, that voice gets to exercise Humphreys' inner Curtis Mayfield (and Marvin Gaye and Donny Hathaway and...). Check out the gently floating "Man and a Woman" from 2006's Enlightened Soul, which sounds like the kind of regional hit from early-'70s Philly that the Numero Group (see pages 79-80) would catch with its searchlight. With ZEGG at THE POUR HOUSE. $6-$8/ 10 p.m.

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PETER CASE

From: The West Coast by way of Buffalo
Since: 1968
Claim to fame: Honoring Sleepy John

There's a breadth to Peter Case's music that comes from power-popping with the Nerves, guiding the R&B-tinged rock of the Plimsouls, and crafting a modern troubadour style that taps into the past while never feeling stale. And there's a wisdom that comes from doing a lot of living in the almost 40 years he's spent making music (you can put up those kinds of career numbers when you start playing in clubs at 14) and a street-level social consciousness (exemplified by his song "Poor Old Tom") that's always kept him on course. Fittingly, his new Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John offers folk-blues that's pure and wise and dead-on. FORTY ACRES HOUSE CONCERT (fortyacres.org). $15/ 8 p.m. —Rick Cornell






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INTRODUCING...

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10.11 GAMBLING THE MUSE @ THE POUR HOUSE

For Daniel Snyder and Jason Butler, high school in Chatham County meant punk shows in Chapel Hill and a dead-end pop-rock band—decidedly not country music. After graduation, Snyder headed to New Orleans, and Butler moved to Boston. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina sent Synder to Chapel Hill, just as a divorce sent Butler back south, too. The two ran into each other unexpectedly in a bar. A bit put out by life, they were both writing sad country songs: "Really, we were writing songs that we wanted to hear at that time," explains Snyder. "But we weren't hearing them anywhere else."

During their first practice early last year, Snyder and Butler wrote three songs. They needed a backing band—what Snyder calls a Phil Spector wall of sound approach for country music—if they were going to take it to the stage, though. That sound really started to coalesce in the studio with producers Justin Vernon (Bon Iver, DeYarmond Edison) and David Landau (Nola): "Those two have really been big for us," says Snyder. "They gave us a chance to fuck around and give us advice on what to try." Now with a pedal steel player, they're finally reaching toward that saturated-roots sound. With The New Familiars. $7/ 9 p.m.—Grayson Currin


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LAST WEEK'S PARTY

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10.07/08 RWAKE/BARONESS @ VOLUME 11

The record temperatures that settled across the state this week couldn't have come at a better time: RWAKE and Baroness—metal bands from Arkansas and Georgia, respectively—played consecutive, sweaty nights. As RWAKE's amps peaked and the walls shook like cardboard rib cages teased by a synthesizer/ two-axe blast, the power winked on and off to stroboscopic effect. Baroness, semi-regulars in Raleigh houses and clubs, delivered Red Album in faster, sharper form, twisting segues and solos into fire beneath a mighty mosh pit of feet. —Grayson Currin

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