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Thursday, June 2
Kevn Kinney's Sun Tangled Angel Revival, Sarah Borges
The Pour House

With his Sun Tangled Angel Revival, Kevn Kinney claims a plot of middle ground from which he offers hard-rocking, Drivin' n' Cryin'-echoing songs as well as tunes that, like his solo work, lean folkward. Silver City, the debut from opener Sarah Borges, showcases the Boston-based troubadour's Neko Case-like versatility as she moves from a Teenage Fanclub cover to her own smart and bluesy songs. 9 p.m./$10 --RC

Ted Leo, the Oranges Band, Birds of Avalon

From his days with Chisel to his last seven years with the Pharmacists, Leo's shown a facility with a hook, and though it's taken a while, he's become the name on critics' lips. His latest, Shake the Sheets, consolidates his songwriting talents--which run from punkish rock to blue-eyed soul/mod and folk-tinged jangle rock--around an album that boasts both economy, crisp lyricism and a uniformed spirit that ensures it's a start-to-finish joy. 9 p.m./$8 --CP

Austin Freeman & South of Town
The Cave

Call the work of Wilkes County transplant Austin Freeman and his band rootsy rock, bulldozer pop, or, with apologies to Berry Gordy, the sound of young Americana. Call it whatever you want; Freeman and company don't care. They just request your presence near the stage and a willingness to give them a listen. The Know opens. 10 p.m. --RC

Friday, June 3
Hope for a GoldenSummer, David Karsten Daniels
Temple Ball

Athens' Hope for Agoldensummer carves a beautiful slowcore folk in brown, gold and orange slivers from warm acoustic guitar tones and the honey-voices of Page and Claire Campbell. Beautiful stuff bound to make it outside of the Southeast. Kindred Bu Hanan's David Karsten Daniels opens. --GC

Doug Gillard, The Moaners, New Town Drunks
Local 506

Gillard had a rock pedigree--from Death of Samantha, Gem and Cobra Verde--even before he joined Guided By Voices. With their demise, he's cast back on his own, but his solo debut, Salamander, suggests it won't be a lonely trip. Full of great indie pop and rock, it's one of the better albums of the past year. The Moaners' rugged garage rock throb is both hard rocking and transfixing in an almost dream pop way. New Town Drunks are a tailgate party waiting to happen, full of rustic country rock spunk. 10 p.m./$7 --CP


Sugar sheen pogo pop is how this UK-via-Japan-and-China quintet operates. Singer Mika high-tailed from Osaka to London and built the 'Bomb from scratch in 1998. Alternating between the melodic simplicity of Shangri-Las and the buzzing, feedback snarl of a dozen grrrl outfits, you could imagine Mikabomb as the soundtrack for an updated Hell's Angels on Wheels. Greensboro's metal-heavy Crimson Spectre open, along with Destroyed Tradition and des_ark. 10 p.m./$6 --EW

Laura Blackley Band
Bynum General Store

Not content with being a belt-it-out band leader and skilled songwriter, Asheville's Laura Blackley now has a music column in the city's Citizen-Times. Makes sense though--she's always been an entertaining storyteller. And Blackley's quest for state, and then world, domination continues: You can find one of her songs on the Bynum Music Series compilation CD. 7 p.m./pass the hat --RC

Saturday, June 4
The Blue Dogs, Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers
The Pour House

The Blue Dogs, a group of road hounds out of South Carolina, don't shy away from the jam band tag, and they place their rock/country/bluegrass hybrid "somewhere to the right of Americana and left of mainstream Nashville." You'll find the music of ex-Refreshment (and King of the Hill theme song composer) Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers just southwest of Americana. 10 p.m./$8--RC

Fake Swedish, Birds Of Avalon, Black Taj
Local 506

A combination of retro rock heads, Fake Swedish have a sunny rock feel comparable to the rock chug of Pretty Things, or the thundering bluster of the Troggs. Birds of Avalon (who open the Ted Leo show on Thursday) roll with more of an acid rock '60s sound. Groove-heavy and full of hot-blooded twists and turns, they've clearly supped at Cream's table, and followed it down with the blues boogie of Nugent's Amboy Dukes. Black Taj, Ex-Polvo/Idyll Swords, returns. 10 p.m./$6 --CP

Sunday, June 5
Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players
Local 506

They're an ersatz Partridge family, culled down to a two-piece and hosting a vaudevillian, boho parlor slideshow, with all the kitsch and irony you'd expect from a confirmed leftist and his conceptual-artist wife. Just as with their television relatives, it's the youngest one, 9-year-old drummer Rachel Trachtenburg, who steals the show with her little pigtails and precocious charm, and all its attendant shelf-life (i.e. see them before she starts reading Jane). 9 p.m./$12--CP

Jimmy Cameron & High Lonesome
Holding Park (Wake Forest)

His years in Al Batten & The Bluegrass Reunion honed Jimmy Cameron's mandolin skills. Now fronting his own group, High Lonesome, Cameron reaches way back into bluegrass history to pluck early pearls from the mountain air. Cameron has just released his debut CD of traditional bluegrass tunes, Jimmy Cameron and High Lonesome. 3-5 p.m./free --GB

American Gun
The Pour House

American Gun is a bastard offspring of Columbia's best bar bands including Celtic/Appalachia/rock fusion band Loch Ness Johnny and Petrillo Relents. AG dumps the mountain influences in favor of a rockier attitude with a country/rockabilly feel. Their six song demo, Guns and Girls, is a good 'un to drain a bottle to or wiggle with your partner. 9 p.m./free --GB

Monday, June 6
The Conversation
Local 506

Jared Putnam is The Conversation. With a genuinely singular vision, Putnam has dragged the emotive songwriter branches of latter-day Replacements or Small Factory into acoustic diaries with favored pained topics lost friends and love. Radio-friendly and weepy toned for like-minded souls, this conversation made be one-way, but Putman nails it without straining. Touring nine months of the year, he's gathered quite some steam and dedication rarely matched. Tissue or lighter recommended. With The Tomatoes, Austin Freeman. 10 p.m./$6--EW

Tuesday, June 7
The Gourds, David Childers & the Modern Don Juans
The Pour House

Austin staples The Gourds, much to their chagrin, may only be familiar to some for their jug band hoedown version of Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice. Ask a member of their devoted flock, however, and you'll find they have a rich repertoire of good time music that skirts the lines of country, old time and out-loud guffaws. 10 p.m. --CT

Marat, The Talk, Alternative Champs
Local 506

Charlotte label MoRisen ascended from the 704 area code a few years ago, signing local rock dudes from the Triangle and surrounding environs. This showcase of N.C. rock corrals power-poppers The Talk with Marat's neo-glam sheen, and maybe the A. Champs will do their timely number "Shaquille O'Neal." 10 p.m./free --CT

My Morning Jacket, Parker & Lily
Cat's Cradle

Led by mammoth-framed and prodigiously framed sonic auteur Jim James, My Morning Jackets rolls down a busted country road in its homestate of Kentucky in a thundering paint-peeled, four-decade old Chevrolet diesel pick-up that runs as well as the day it was bought. That, of course, is just before the powerful quintet pulls off the road into a Bluegrass State sunset, drinking wine, smoking grass and singing billowing, gorgeous campfire songs about specters and serpents. The world's best synthesis of Neil Young's variegated creative pinnacles. NYC's country/pop/noir reverb revelers Parker & Lily, whose recent The Low Lows is WARM Records best release in some time, open. 9 p.m./$13 --GC


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