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The Venables 

When: Fri., May 14, 7:30 p.m. 2010

The Venables have been making music for more than five years now, but given the intermittent nature of their efforts, you're forgiven any unfamiliarity. The band formed around the friendship of guitarist Phil Venable and drummer Matt Brown, who respectively managed and played in the Two Dollar Pistols for a spell. Four years ago, they released Shoulda Coulda Woulda, a 10-track album soaked in late '80s/early '90s alterna-rock and influenced by Dream Syndicate, the Jayhawks, Hüsker Dü and the Replacements.

The album title's proved prescient—Venable soon relocated to suburban Virginia ("where souls go to die, so they can shop at WalMart," he cracks), and he has been trying to move back ever since. He's shorn himself of grandiose plans over the years. The former Chapel Hill News music writer's only musical ambition is to "make it so it doesn't suck."

The key to that, says Venable, is Brown: "A lot of the weirder things you hear have more to do with him than me. If we sound any different, it's mostly because of him." He, Brown and guitarist/ bassist Mike Nicholson expect to grow back to a quartet, release their Grab Bag EP in July and begin work on a second LP later this year. —Chris Parker

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