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For the week of October 4 through 11 

Music worth leaving the house for

Contributors: Grant Britt, Rick Cornell, Grayson Currin, Rich Ivey, Kathy Justice, Robbie Mackey

Wednesday, October 4

Hollywood Red, The Choosy Beggars, The Pour House

Hollywood Red is led by former Blue Ragger Woody Wood, and the trio's self-described "funky mountain rock" contains elements of bluegrass, jazz, that goodtimey Blue Rag sound, and whatever else one might find atop Funky Mountain. Meanwhile, the Stones-in-Detroit Choosy Beggars get their rocks off on Motown R&B. Sounds like a dream bill for Mug Night. $6/ 9 p.m. --RC

Thursday, October 5

The Sammies, Elevator Action, The Talk, Kings

Guess who's coming to dinner in Raleigh? It's three loud-makers from the stable of Charlotte's Morisen imprint (actually, The Talk bailed on the label earlier this week), punching the air and high-kicking in their varied strains of rock-a-rolla. Saddle up for good old party music that revels in unobscured riffs and songs. 10:30 p.m. --CT

Buckethead, Lincoln Theatre

Is he the long lost son of Colonel Sanders or just some masked wacko who plays screechy guitar with a fried chicken bucket on his head? Sometime bandmate Axl Rose might be able to tell you. Bucket was too weird for Ozzie , mostly because he wouldn't play bucketless. Other than that, he's just swell if you're into electronica/funk/thrash shredding served up industrial strength. $15/ 9 p.m. --GB

Friday, October 6

Regina Hexaphone, KaiserCartel, The Cave

Regina Hexaphone made their public debut back in the summer of '97 at The Cave, and now their pals Kaiser Cartel have decided to make the basement bar a recording station for their second album. Both bands revel in simplicity: Durham's Hexaphone sublimates gorgeous vocals over dreamy acoustic escapades, while Brooklyn's Kaiser Cartel ladles out humming harmonies and catchy hooks over minimalist guitar and drums. Show up to add claps and whistles to the KC recording. 10 p.m. --KJ

Benefit for Chris Plankers, Kings

Local artist and man-about-town Chris Plankers was injured in a recent mugging while walking home from his job at Raleigh's Rockford restaurant. Plankers is struggling with medical bills, so several of Raleigh's finest bar rock bands--from The Bleeding Hearts to The Trousers--have stepped up to the stage to help. 10 p.m. --RI

Saturday, October 7

Joe Swank & the Zen Pirates, Slim's

Calling what Joe Swank does "aggressive hillbilly" doesn't really do him justice. That makes it seem like he's one of the psychobilly boys, and it ain't like that. He can make you cry in your beer as easily as he can get you so riled up you don't know whether to fuck or fight. Whichever one you choose, Swank & the Zen Pirates are always willing and able to provide the proper mood music.­ Free/ 10 p.m. --GB

Memory Rock Benefit, Kings

One of the most beneficent rock clubs in the business, Kings turns in a set of benefits this weekend: Friday goes to local artist Chris Plankers (see above), while Saturday goes to Nick Pfirman, Kings soundman and A Rooster for the Masses acolyte. Pfirman's father suffers from Alzheimer's disease, and--on the day of the National Memory Walk, held locally at Koka Booth Amphitheatre--Pfirman and his friends raise money for the Alzheimer's Assocaition and COPE Eldercare, organizations that have helped his family. Expect A Rooster, TV Knife, The Trousers, The Vints and Parklife. Really, expect a good rock show. 10 p.m. --GC

Chris "Crow" Smith, Open Eye Cafe

After years of being the two dudes that were in the Flat Duo Jets, things are finally different for Dexter Romweber and Chris "Crow" Smith. Though he still goes after classic blues, soul and rock with his new Duo, Romweber recently recorded a solo piano album. Smith emerged from hiatus at the premiere of the Jets documentary Two-Headed Cow earlier this year to play a cut from his debut, Songs for Emeline. A collection of sweet folk odes to his daughter, Emeline finds Smith reintroducing himself as a new man with concerns apart from volume and bombast. Free/ 8 p.m. --GC

Sunday, October 8

Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers, Tyler James, Local 506

Here's a show featuring some sure and steady up and comers: Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers just signed to Everfine Records in July, and all signs point to the band gearing up their soulful, pop-rock rhythms for some primetime radio exposure or at least a spot on the CW's One Tree Hill. Nashville-based Tyler James is quickly approaching Top 40 status too, with folky ballads and heartworn lyrics sliding safely into the realm of piano-pop prowess carved out by Britain's Coldplay and N.C.'s Ben Folds. $10-$12/ 9:15 p.m. --KJ

The Greencards, The Pour House

Here's another trio of 20-something youngsters striving to rework tradition into something fresh and new. Like newgrass veterans Nickel Creek, The Greencards of Aussie and English natives take old-fashioned standards and twist them into new-fangled treasures, seamlessly wrapping the fiddle, mandolin and bass around rock-ready rhythms, jazz tempos and pop paradigms. With such musical ingenuity, it's no surprise that they were tapped to open for legendary greats Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson during their 2005 tour. $10-$12/ 7 p.m. --KJ

Tuesday, October 10

Black Mona Lisas, The Points, The Gondoliers, Slim's

The Spinns broke up, but the Lisas are Josh Johnson's offshoot from that snarled glory, and Gondoliers is Todd Colberg's new joint, so matched with DC garage punks The Points, this one's a must-see. Show starts at 10 p.m. --CT

Al DiMeola, Lincoln Theatre

It's hard to say in which collective the star of guitar virtuoso Al DiMeola shone the brightest: the unapologetically progressive Return to Forever, the Super Guitar Trio alongside Paco De Lucia and John McLaughlin, or the Rite of Strings trio with Jean-Luc Ponty and RTF mate Stanley Clarke. That said, DiMeola calls his current band the "best group by fit" in his career. And as indicated by poll after poll, the readers of Guitar Player still adore him. $22-$27/ 8 p.m. --RC

Kerbloki, Mathematicians, Reservoir

New York's Mathematicians look like they just wandered off the set of 1984's Revenge of the Nerds. Donning oversized glasses and full geek gear, the animated three-piece crafts keyboard-pop songs about robots, math equations and nerd love that are every bit as Microsoft as they are Devo, though they're probably just as sick of Devo comparisons as Mike Westbrook and John Bowman of Kerbloki are of Beastie Boys comparisons. Free/ 10 p.m. --RI.

Everclear, Cat's Cradle

You know what they say: It's better to burn out than reform your dismantled band, put out another mediocre record in the line of sell-out schlock that chased your old mates away, piss off the Religious Right with a pointless video lampooning Jesus Christ, and make a fool of yourself defending it (whilst rumored to be drunk) on Bill O'Reilly's show. But somebody forgot to tell Art Alexakis, pointman for graying grunge dive-bombers Everclear, the most entertaining trainwreck to be dropped by Capitol Records in years. $22.50-$25/ 8 p.m. --RM

Wednesday, October 11

Built to Spill, Cat's Cradle

Though some will certainly disagree in light of the playful There's Nothing Wrong with Love or the well-built Keep It Like a Secret, Built to Spill hit their hitherto apogee with this year's You in Reverse. Note for note, these are the most solid, thoroughly composed songs Doug Martsch has ever written: sweeping, intricate, involve(ed/ing) odes to the possibility of the guitar patterns and techniques he's been building upon for a decade. And the hooks, at last, are impeccable and concise. David Lowery's strong-as-ever Camper Van Beethoven fills the middle, with Helvetia--a noncommittal new act on BTS launchpad Up! Records--in the one-spot. See 'em at the Cradle on Thursday, too. $18-$20/ 9 p.m. --GC

Pearlene, Nola, Kings

An interesting pair, for sure: Raleigh quartet Nola is led by Christy Smith, whose Carolina flatlands voice pulls sullen feelings and aching yearning up along a supportive country spine. While Nola wears its emotions on its sleeves, Pearlene--a piss-tank psychedelic trainwreck of spiraling riffs and shout-out-loud refrains from Cincinnati--prefers to drink 'em down fortified and sweat 'em back out. 10 p.m. --GC


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