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CL previews upcoming concerts (April 29-May 5) 


Dinosaur Jr./Mike Watt J Mascis is the man who shoved the guitar solo – the beefy, feedback-soaked Crazy Horse kind – back in indie rock. Mascis, Murph and Lou Barlow took a step beyond the average nostalgia reunion tour with 2007's Beyond, a molten slice of vintage Mesozoic Era (mid-'90s) Dinosaurism, jam-packed with Mascis‚ laconic love laments and fire-breathing guitar. Now they've signed with Jagjaguwar and are allegedly dropping another one this summer. Opening for Mascis is legendary Minutemen bassist and econo jammer Mike Watt and the Missingmen. Maybe they'll get together and break out a Stooges cover or two. Neighborhood Theatre (John Schacht)

David Mead Sometimes us music writer types tire of writing things about talented songwriters (and bands and duos) who've released album after album of great music, only to receive pink slip after pink slip for their efforts. Nashvillain Mead's gotten the axe from two big labels, by my count: Nettwerk and RCA. Known for his ethereal-yet-real voice and languid locution, Mead's currently taking the slow road – releasing stuff on his own Tallulah Media and playing mostly on the East Coast – but the view's seemingly much brighter, as evidenced by his career zenith to this point, aught-six's eclectic Tangerine. Well worth a look. With Not A Sparrow. The Evening Muse (Timothy C. Davis)

The Takeover UK Glam rock collides with loads of hooks, melodies, a late '70s-era punk vibe with just enough piano flourishes to make it all, well, damn catchy. The Pittsburgh rockers' freshly minted disc Running with the Wasters is an all-around winner with hooky pub rock, ooooh-aaaah vocals and amped, itchy guitars. With Gliss. Snug Harbor (Shukla)


South Memphis String Band It’s an Americana supergroup, of sorts. Alvin Youngblood Hart, former Squirrel Nut Zipper Jimbo Mathus and North Mississippi Allstar/new Black Crowe Luther Dickinson have teamed up for a down-home, front-porch acoustic trio that’s sure to jam the hell out of the evening. The band is planning its debut disc for later this year, but what I’ve heard on MySpace is suprisingly mellow, yet traditional. One can only imagine what will happen with all that talent on one stage. The Evening Muse (Jeff Hahne) 

Kings of Leon They may have sold out Madison Square Garden, but they're only trying to pack 'em into a smaller venue here – the Bo-Round. No matter, surely people will start to catch on after a while. The Followill boys – three brothers and a cousin – may be getting some backlash for bringing on something a little more arena-rock-ish on its latest, but that doesn't mean the boys don't bring it. That latest effort, Only By the Night, is the band's fourth release and my pick for album of the year for 2008. Go see 'em. The Walkmen opens. Bojangles' Coliseum (Hahne)

Arizona What is it with Asheville and the state-name band monikers? First Nevada, now The Grand Canyon State? Anyway, these guys also split time in N.Y.C., and its music bears the stamp of both places: big widescreen jam rock and intimate Greenwich Village folkie tropes (they've toured with Band of Horses and Derek Trucks). It's quirky, but hooks are an endangered species as the songs careen between the two polarities without fully developing in either. Still, that was enough to earn them a spot in Southeast Performer's "Nine to Watch in '09," for what that's worth. With Rock Hillers Elonzo and Perry Fowler. Milestone (Schacht)


Jimmy Herring Band Jimmy Herring, longtime sideman in bands such as Aquarium Rescue Unit, The Allman Brothers Band and the Dead (and current gunslinger for Widespread Panic) is making his bandleader debut on this tour – and what a band it is. Along with Herring, JHB features drummer Jeff Sipe (Aquarium Rescue Unit), Blue Note Records' own Greg Osby (named by none other than legendary Village Voice jazz writer Frances Davis as one of the best blowers in the business) on saxophone, keyboardist Scott Kinsey (Tribal Tech) and Allman brother Oteil Burbridge on bass. Those who've seen the guitarist in person know that Herring's style – a pepperpot of raga-inspired rags, clean, piercing runs and free improvisation – ought to accent his jazzbo-jam backing band to a T. Visulite Theatre (Davis)

Eymarel This intriguing duo, Mary Frances, (vocals, keys, and bass) and Lee Allen, (drums and electronics), spins electronica into a swirl of trip-hop, R&B, old-timey new wave with bits of funk and jazz floating in and out. Yeah, the whole thing is colorized with '80s synth-pop, but the classically trained duo also has an ear for bopping pop numbers that sound as if played by a bigger band. Frances' vocals are akin to Tori Amos out clubbing, in a dance club, that is. With Bitch Please. Double Door Inn (Shukla)


Jimmy Herring Band See May 1.


Big Business Sludge rockers Big Business drop heavy, say again, heavy, stoner and psych rock that's akin to a kick in the nads. With steel toed boots. The Seattle blokes' stints in Melvins, Karp and Murder City Devils have only honed the classic metal guitar bombast. The trio will release its third album, Mind the Drift, next month. In the meantime don't forget the earplugs and the motion sickness patch. There must be something in the waters of the Northwest. With Tweak Bird. Milestone (Shukla)


Amos Lee He was here last year, but the singer/songwriter is back again in continued support of his latest, Last Days At The Lodge. He combines elements of folk, soul and jazz forming a style of his own. And, what do you know, he's also on Twitter if you feel like following at Neighborhood Theatre (Hahne)

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