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Notes on the Raleigh music scene

Alltel's that ends well?
The concert season at Alltel Pavilion got underway this week with Pearl Jam's set on Tuesday night, and Def Leppard--still touring on the July release of their X album--plays Friday night (if you'll remember, they played a Wal-Mart parking lot in Fayetteville last summer!). Parsimonious music fans may want to consider checking into the amphitheatre's newly announced Country Music Mega-Ticket and the Classic Rock Six Pack ticket specials. A limited number of $10 lawn tickets will also be available for most events at Alltel this summer. Clear Channel venues and cheap tickets--this could get interesting.

The panic
Widespread Panic returns for their now-annual two day stand at Alltel on April 25 and 26. Jerry Joseph and The Jackmormons are set to open both dates, and, in the biggest non-coincidence of the concert season, Joseph and his boys will be playing an aftershow at The Pour House following the Friday show. Of course, there's no official announcement as to who from the Panic will show up, but Panic management has promised a special guest for the Friday show and the Saturday aftershow featuring Bloodkin. The talk around the town (and at The Pour House itself) is that Dave Schools--one of the funkiest, fullest bassists on the jam circuit--will show up for the Friday show, and Panic keyboardist JoJo Herman--whose side project, The Smiling Assassins, includes Bloodkin bassist Paul "Crumpy" Edwards--will be on hand Saturday.

The Lincoln Theatre will hold a Widespread after-party of its own on Saturday night with Florida "front-porch soul" boys MOFRO. That show is the midpoint in a long stretch of improvisational musical acrobats at the Lincoln including: The Motet and Ergot on April 18, Phish tribute act PHIX on April 19 and The Disco Biscuits on April 25.

Blinded
The Lincoln Theatre scored perhaps its biggest booking coup ever with the recent announcement of an April 21 gig as part of radio favorites Third Eye Blind's intimate Within Arm's Reach Tour. The band--a quartet of Zeppelin and Kinks-propelled San Francisco rockers whose first self-titled album sold four-million copies and whose second album, Blue, went platinum--plays their first date in Raleigh since opening for the Goo Goo Dolls at Alltel Pavilion last August. The tour, which began last week in Ohio, runs until May 12, followed by the release of their third effort, the long-time-coming Out of the Vein. The 20 venues slated for the predominately East Coast run all seat well under 2,000 people and were all handpicked by the band for their cozy atmosphere. Tickets for the show are available through online bids on ebay.com via the e-tix printable-ticket format.

Watch out, Godspeed!
There's a thin line between ambient guitar music and anthem-bearing noise rock. That's where Southbound fits. Southbound, Raleigh's highly improvisational instrumental noise rock outfit, falls into the gray area perfectly. With each of their 10 minute epics, the six-membered Southbound rides a patchwork of guitar fuzz and pops, violin screeches, loping keyboards and trombone splatters into triumphant, quaking climaxes that would send Thurston Moore and the boys from Godspeed! home happy. And they're the newest addition to the Kings weekly lineup, so be sure to check them out any Wednesday. They play with Portland's Wadsworth on April 23.

Clowning Around
Don't miss the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus at Kings on April 19 (and at Local 506 in Chapel Hill on April 23). Sword swallowing, kissable clowns and strip teases--it will be amazing. If the '80s is your thing, be sure to check out an "Eighties Visitation" featuring Journey tribute band Frontiers, Eddie Money and a DJ spinning the biggest hits (and misses) of the decade on April 26. Dress '80s, win prizes! EndBlock

E-mail dgcurrin@unity.ncsu.edu to contact Grayson Currin.

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