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This week's guide contains:

YES, PLEASE: Organos, Jamie Stewart, Dirty Little Heaters, Jews And Catholics, Los Lobos, Hog, Make, Enoch, The Moderate, Lonnie Walker, Cynic, Intronaut, Vampire Squid, Savage Knights

VS.: Will Hoge vs. Dax Riggs


RE-INTRODUCING: The Triangle Blues Society



It's a busy First Friday in Raleigh, with talent stacked between galleries and a slew of after-parties lined up from Jackpot to The Pour House. Tonight's not-to-be-missed music performance belongs to the benefit for Lump Gallery. Organos makes an all-too-infrequent appearance, turning Maria Albani's gorgeous bedroom pop trinkets into slightly more sturdy objects on the stage. What's more, Xiu Xiu's Jamie Stewart, now of Durham, spins records, while Yuxtapango's Neill Prewitt and guests deliver video and more. $5–$10/ 7 p.m. —Grayson Currin


The acts on this bill cover the full spectrum of rock and electronica, with a solid midpoint, too. At the rock extreme is the attack blues of the Dirty Little Heaters, which possesses a grunge crunch, yet none of the latter genre's self-pity. Reese McHenry is a fiercely confident vocalist, like a focused Janis Joplin. Love Craft, which makes fresh electro-pop ballads, possesses an unmistakable mid-80s radio quality, but the tunes rarely succumb to cliché. Tonight's synthesis of these styles, or their middle ground, is Jews and Catholics, who populate a drum machine landscape with big guitars, rattling upright bass and gothic post-punk swagger. $5/ 10 p.m. —Corbie Hill

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  • Los Lobos


Courtesy of the quintet's longevity (30 years and counting) and a deservedly elevated spot in the roots rock world, the word venerable springs to mind with Los Lobos. Versatility does, too—and, yes, variety—as exemplified by the brand new Tin Can Trust, the band's first set of original material in four years. The record sports a couple of prime slices of Latin Americana, an East LA soul song, blues numbers so greasy they leave stains, and a Grateful Dead cover that underscores the guys' abilities as interpreters and jammers, plus a cumbia and a Norteña. The wolf is surviving just fine, thank you. $10–$30/ 8 p.m. —Rick Cornell


The most amazing thing about Einstein's theory of relativity is that it took a genius to realize it. Enoch, the Asheville prong of this evening's metal trident, kicks up dirt clods of guitar fuzz and carves melodic solos through slow tempos that never tire. Chapel Hill's Make winds and warps its psychedelic sprawl with a viscosity dark and heavy enough to slow lightning. And by the end of these two sets of clock-stopping, slow-and-low doom, HOG's headlining stomp should feel like a sprint. Any other night, the Durham trio packs more muscle than speed. But tonight, HOG is a Porsche racing tanks. $5/ 10 p.m. —Bryan Reed

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  • The Moderate


Mixing '90s indie with a healthy dose of rustic classic rock, D.C.'s The Moderate has the goods to please a large swath of fans. Marrying the heady textures of Built To Spill and Modest Mouse to the lithe guitar play of Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Allman Brothers Band, the four-piece cultivates relaxing familiarity without resorting to the stale gimmicks typical of such revivalism. With a slacker rock mumble akin to Spill's Doug Martsch and a piercing drawl that's more like Hank Williams, singer Jim Dempsey carries out nervy soul-searching with magnetic country charm. Titchener Sound Cage opens. $7/ 10 p.m. —Jordan Lawrence


For young touring bands, few Triangle shows are more restorative than a date at Saxapahaw's River Mill, a bit less than 20 miles west of Chapel Hill. In front of an attentive audience in an environment much different than the usual rock haunts, they test the intricacy of every song as daylight fades. Few young touring bands in the Triangle are more energizing than Lonnie Walker, an adventurous six-piece that finds intersections between the loquacious and angular indie rock of Pavement and Modest Mouse and the wiry twang of old country records. Frontman Brian Corum kicks and screams about growing up and looking for wisdom, while one of the sharpest supporting outfits in town adds requisite muscle and flair. Between legs of a big bicoastal tour, Lonnie Walker gets a comforting country welcome, and Saxapahaw gets a late summer jolt. Donations/ 6 p.m. —Grayson Currin


Though Cynic's progressive metal has long felt too flimsy to me, the Los Angeles band's sense of adventure, generally impeccable playing andsense of hook ultimately make them an interesting alternative to the death-lock rigidity of Between the Buried and Me. Tonight belongs to Intronaut, though: Their 2008 LP, Prehistoricisms, is as agile as it is relentless, twisting time signatures, directions and tones but never allowing for the possibility of escape. One can only hope this woefully overlooked outfit, currently finishing its third LP, nabs a few new ears in this opening slot. Also, Relapse's Dysrhythmia. $13–$15/ 7:30 p.m. —Grayson Currin


Nightlight bills this four-band bill as its jazz night, but it's essential to note that these acts see that only as the beginning: Kentucky's Vampire Squid, for instance, blends cabaret-like theatricality, subversive funk and wild improvisational forays into something Mike Patton fans might fancy. Crowmeat Bob's Savage Knights bend, cut and tessellate genres, too, always making ecstatic, urgent music that moves from being an atmospheric blur to having absolute borders without notice. Also, Carrboro's Phantascist and New York's Prehistoric Horse. $5/ 9:30 p.m. —Grayson Currin


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  • Will Hoge


From: Nashville, Tenn.
Since: Mid '90s
Claim to fame: A soulful blend of heartland rock and alt-country

Will Hoge's an artist who'll sneak up on you. His slightly gruff blue-eyed soul croon made him a natural for the majors; no surprise, then, that his first two albums are full of forgettable polished, melodramatic pop that splits the difference between Modern Rock and Adult Contemporary. Since departing Atlantic for Rykodisc, though, he's found his stride, exploring a roots rock style that's part Bob Seger, part Marc Broussard. His latest, The Wreckage, scales back the emoting and meandering ballads in favor of more twang-inflected bite and bristling tempos, elevating him from pap radio pretender to burgeoning alt-country contender. With Megan McCormick and the DeBonzo Brothers. At THE POUR HOUSE. $9–$12/ 10 p.m.


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  • Dax Riggs


From: Austin (by way of Houma, La.)
Since: 1990
Claim to fame: Fronting sludge metal experimentalists Acid Bath and swamp rockers Deadboy and The Elephant Men

Dax Riggs' broad stylistic palette and inborn idiosyncrasy have served him well. While his songs are constructed from familiar elements, they move in a distinct manner, blending hard rock muscularity, bar-band boogie and psych-rock adventurism. His arch muffled vocal delivery suggests Marc Bolan, giving the music a certain swagger. This stuff's not particularly hooky, but it possesses enough restless abandon and pugnacious punch to inspire most rock fans. Riggs doesn't immediately win your heart, but rather he entices you with eccentricity and wears away your resistance with sturdy throb. The rich character of Riggs music outlasts Hoge's more nascent rock sophistication. At CAT'S CRADLE. $12/ 9:15 p.m. —Chris Parker


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  • Phatlynx


When it came time for the Second Annual Instro Summit this past spring at The Cave, Chris "Crispy" Bess had a simple idea. Bess, the wild-man lead slinger of instrumentalists Killer Filler, would gather an able crew of local music veterans to honor North Carolina native and rock 'n' roll legend Link Wray—just with a twist. "We wanted to have a Link Wray tribute band with all fat guys," says drummer Dave Perry. "So that's what [Phatlynx] is—a bunch of fat dudes playing Link Wray songs."

Hefty or no, Bess and Perry, along with Robby Poore and Groves Willer, certainly honor the music's trademark overdriven sound, which paved the way for rock 'n' roll guitar. Wray may never make it into the Rock Hall of Fame, but the rumor mill will forever credit him with the invention of the power chord. If that weren't enough to secure his place in the canon, his 1958 hit "Rumble," a ragged two-minute drag, was banned from a slew of radio stations for being too suggestive, despite being a wholly instrumental number. It's that loose, rude rock attitude that the men of Phatlynx channel every night they invoke the spirit of Link Wray—in the name of fat dudes with musical chops everywhere. With Eszett and Blood Red River. 10 p.m. —Ashley Melzer

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  • The Triangle Blues Society



When Josh Preslar took the reins as president of the Triangle Blues Society at the start of the year, he had goals both immediate and long-term. The first order of business was to resurrect the TBS monthly newsletter, getting previews, reviews and interviews out to the organization's 400-plus members. A project that's gaining steam under the direction of board member at large (and blues musician/ historian/ visual artist) Th' Bullfrog Willard McGhee is the creation of a Heritage Trail to celebrate significant blues-related spots in the Triangle and beyond, from Floyd Council's poorly marked resting place in Sanford to Durham's pair of Blind Boy Fuller plaques. And two of the biggest goals are constants. According to Preslar, who leads the Josh Preslar Band and tours with Houston-based blues singer Diunna Greenleaf is to "educate the community on the blues." The other is to raise funds, enabling the TBS to do things like send the winners of the local Blues Challenge (slated for Sept. 25 at the Berkeley Cafe) to the international competition in Memphis and to put a proper headstone on Council's grave. Visit for more information. —Rick Cornell

The Triangle Blues Society's next fundraiser, the Summertime Blues Cookout, is Saturday, Aug. 7, at Bonedaddy's Hideaway in Raleigh. The food starts at 5 p.m., the music at 7. The cover for the eight-band bill is $8, with members of Bonedaddy's getting in for the regular charge.


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