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THE ORIGINAL WAILERS 400 Million albums sold. Does anything else really need to be said? Backing reggae legend Bob Marley, the Wailers helped spawn an international phenomenon that's lived on decades after Marley's death. Reformed with three original members, watch them recreate moments they were there to make the first time around. Guitarist Al Anderson is also on the bill. $20-$35, Neighborhood Theatre, (Mike McCray)


TZMR RECORDS PRESENTS BATTLE OF THE BANDS The newly formed, small indie label from Charlotte finds and promotes bands from all over with the majority in the southeast region of the States. This little get-together at Tremont seems to be a launching pad for the success of the embryonic business. They say they "work with artists from any genre of music," but this is predominately a rock show/competition. So bring your pad and pencil and be your own judge, and don't forget to "rock out." Actions Louder Than Words, City of Sirens, Shadowbox, Skippie & Diesel D, Eye of an Ocean, and All Thee Above. $10-$12, Tremont Music Hall, (Chris Triplett)


VIVA LE VOX As much carnival music as it is rickety Americana, while holding séances with Tom Waits, Viva Le Vox is an intriguing mix of genre-free pop. There's a method to its tent revival madness. Chalk it up to the Florida quartet's hillbilly and swamp crooning that converges with guitars and percussion, but more interestingly accordion, washboard, fiddle, saw, tongue fiddle and various doodads. They're part of the Coney Island Cockabilly Roadshow with too many other quirky bands playing to list all here. $10-$12, The Milestone, (Samir Shukla)


YARDWORK The hissing of summer lawns getting you down? Time for some Yardwork. After all, why sweat edging the sidewalk and trimming shrubs and, you know, composting and such (who knows — I live in an apartment) when you could be bouncing about with the Charlotte underground favorites and their cool-like-lemonade mix of glitchy, angular post-punk pop? (I should shoot myself for that last description, but it's too hot here to even think about how to go about it.) One of the Charlotte area's best bands, regardless, and worthy in every way to bigger, yet similar acts such as Liars and Yeasayer. With Beach Fossils, The Grommies. $7-$9, The Milestone, (Davis)

ZAC BROWN BAND When the Zac Brown Band first hit the music scene, they were immediately lumped in with numerous country bands. But in the last few years, the road dogs have quickly established their own niche — one that's working so well it's catapulted them from playing at the then-Uptown Amphitheatre last year to Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre this year. Dude even makes his own barbecue sauce, but these days, who doesn't? With The Wood Brothers. $26.50-$40.50. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre.

OVERMOUNTAIN MEN A year or so ago, longtime Southern songwriting savant David Childers and Avett Brothers bassist Bob Crawford, a longtime fan and friend, openly mused about a project that could exist in a form-like-Voltron fashion whenever Childers had the itch and Crawford came off the road with the Avetts. The result? A debut LP, Glorious Day (released on Ramseur Records, the former home to both Childers and the Avett Brothers) that is as gloriously unrushed as the initial impetus. The sound is loose and informal: "Some Place Along The River" is a first-rate fish camp jam, equal parts hoedown and hell-raisin'. "Looking for Dr. Caligari" is an insanely catchy superfuzz stomper, and a throwback to DC's dick-meets-dirt Don Juans days. Perhaps most notably, there's the heart-rending "Magpies," a stoic, rib-sticking lament that, as with the best of Childers' balladry, gets down to no less than the cellular memory of love, lust and loss. As side projects go, the overall efficacy and sonic success of "Glorious Day" a cold day in hell — a rare thing indeed. With Appalucia, Jeremiah and the Howling Owls. $8-$10, Tremont Music Hall, (Davis)


JACK JOHNSON There's something infectious about surfer-turned-musician Jack Johnson. It's like his music sucks you into his zone and the vibe is like a lazy, folksy, bluesy, Hawaiian vacation. He's influenced thousands of would-be rockers to throw on some flip-flops and jam. No beef with that. G. Love and the Special Sauce joins Johnson on the bill. $35-$55, Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre, (McCray)


DAMIAN MARLEY The youngest of Bob Marley's sons, Damian, affectionately known as "Jr. Gong," has held his own turf for several years touring and releasing albums mixing dancehall, hip-hop and R&B braided with, of course, reggae. His most recent recording is Distant Relatives, a tag team effort with hip-hopper Nas to raise money to build and support schools in Africa. Expect plenty of boombastic lyrical interplay, sensuous bass lines, dancehall toasting, soulful rhythms and a natural mix of reggae and hip-hop. With Nas at The Fillmore Charlotte. $39.50 and up. (Samir Shukla)

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