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CL previews upcoming concerts (Aug. 25-31) 

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 25

THE MUMBLES This duo, two keyboards and a drumkit, toast Joe Jackson and Ben Folds with jazzy pop while tossing in light funk and R&B. They recently set up shop in New Orleans and are on the road plugging their cocktail hour, hipster lounge music. After touring this summer the duo plans on taking in Crescent City aura to record a new album slated for release later this year. Also on the bill are Channing & Quinn. $7, Double Door Inn, www.doubledoorinn.com (Samir Shukla)

THURSDAY, AUG. 26

JONNY LANG He blasted out of the gates as a blues guitar wiz and released his debut recording at the tender age of 16. Now, for almost a decade and a half, Lang has fully established his guitar god cred. His mixed forays into hard rock notwithstanding, it's not just the steaming blues riff he's natural at, but Lang's gruff, textbook blues voice croons as if he's seen a lifetime of hard times. His latest recording is Live at the Ryman. $29.50, The Fillmore Charlotte, www.livenation.com (Shukla)

BEAUSOLEIL Michael Doucet and BeauSoleil embarked on a journey to preserve the great Southern Louisiana musical amalgam known as Cajun music over three decades ago. Along the way they became the voice of the music and not only brought it to global masses but evolved it in an innovative manner. Touring in support of the freshly released disc, Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler, the band delivers another fine effort. $20, Visulite Theatre, www.visulite.com (Shukla)

DUENDE MOUNTAIN DUO The Asheville drum, bass and electronic duo might take its cues from futuristic duos like Daft Punk, but what it creates with drums, keys and synths is uniquely its own. And this isn't the group's first time gracing the Double Door. The 2008 performance there is the band's go-to video and still a favorite show. $8, Double Door Inn, www.doubledoorinn.com (Mike McCray)

FRIDAY, AUG. 27

TEARS FOR FEARS Whenever people bag on '80s pop rock (I'm usually leading the charge), a lotta folks reserve a little extra vitriol for Tears for Fears (unless, of course, they're doing karaoke, when it becomes OK to SHOUT/SHOUT/let it all out). And yes, there's the whole "Everybody Wants To Rule The World"/"Sowing The Seed of Love" period. But the duo also wrote "Mad World," still popular (if as a cover) after all these years, and "Head Over Heels," one of the finest singles of that era, and a decent amount of album cuts aside that far outweigh in emotional depth 80 percent of what is left of Top 40 radio today. Did they change the world? Hell no. But for a tiny little while, they did in fact seem to rule a tiny small part of it. With Wainwright. $34.50 and up, The Fillmore Charlotte, www.livenation.com (Timothy C. Davis)

JESCO WHITE The last time I saw Jesco and familia was when the dancing troubadour (if you're unfamiliar with the man's peculiar oeuvre, don't read any further without going to YouTube and punching in his name) made quite the entertaining opening act for the Black Keys at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium. Jesco, it seemed, was awed by the fact he was pursuing his trade where his idols (Hank Williams, and Elvis, of course) once trod. Long story short, the mountain dancing (and yodeling, and yes, "singing") madman ended up getting thrown out the back door into an adjoining alley. White simply dusted himself off, and last I heard, plied his trade for a few drinks at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge. Is he the genuine article, carrying on an age-old art form? Is he being taken advantage of by smirking hipsters, or is he a man who's been fortunate enough to be able to turn Internet "fame" into a few dollars he would never see plying a trade in his tiny hometown? Probably all of the above. With Pick Up The Snake, Pinko. $15 and up, The Milestone, www.themilestoneclub.com (Davis)

SATURDAY, AUG. 28

KISS You can't ever have enough farewell tours. The make-up laden rock stars visit the Q.C. one more time with a slightly different line-up. Gone are original guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss, and as far as Gene Simmons is concerned — easily replaced by Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer. A Kiss fanatic should still relish the thought of seeing Simmons pound his ax-like bass guitar through "God of Thunder" and Paul Stanley shake his old hips and stratocaster while belting out "Detroit Rock City." The simplistic and overplayed "Rock 'n' Roll All Night" will inevitably be played as well, whether fans want to hear it or not. $36.50 and up, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, www.livenation.com (Chris Triplett)

JULIETTE LEWIS More often than not, it's hard to take Hollywood types seriously when they venture into the music world. Not the case with Juliette Lewis. Imagine the raw energy of her characters taken into the spotlight on stage, her gruff voice intact in all of its howling glory. Lewis used to rock with her band The Licks, but these days, she's getting billed solo. Who cares — if you're headed to the show, it's Lewis you want to see, regardless of who's backing her up. Get ready, this is no act. $32, Don Gibson Theatre, Shelby, www.dgshelby.com (Jeff Hahne)

TUESDAY, AUG. 31

MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD Ask Michael Franti and I'm sure he'll tell you — it's not a tour unless you hit some cities off the beaten path as well as the majors. The Sound of Sunshine Tour brings him to Charlotte by way of Atlanta and Vegas, sure, but the band didn't leave out towns in places like Montana and Idaho on the way. $26, Neighborhood Theatre, www.neighborhoodtheatre.com (Mike McCray)

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