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Cl previews upcoming concerts (Feb. 16-22) 

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 16

DEICIDE Raining unrelenting death metal onto the heaving mass of flailing fists and hair in the pit, lead growler/bassist Glen Benton and Deicide leave no rafters or walls unshaken, no ears or bodies unbruised with their merciless bombast. Over two decades of angst hasn't slowed ole Satan-loving Benton. Their new album is simply titled To Hell With God. Appearing with a posse of neck-breakers including Belphegor, Blackguard, Nueraxis, and Pathology. $23-$65. Tremont Music Hall. www.tremontmusichall.com. (Samir Shukla)

OFF THE RECORD This time around, it's two local groups getting the interview and acoustic performance treatment. Singer-songwriter Stephen Warwick has been in Charlotte for quite a while and released his debut album not too long ago. Evelynn Rose has been known to bring the Southern rock, but now they're trying it out acoustically for this night of live performances and onstage interviews. 8 p.m. $5. The Evening Muse. www.theeveningmuse.com. (Jeff Hahne)

THURSDAY, FEB. 17

PUNCH BROTHERS FEAT. CHRIS THILE The quintet's oh-so cozy traditional bluegrass breezes in and out of contemporary roots music with minimal effort. The compositional chops of the combo are further cemented by the jazz-inflected mandolin of Chris Thile (Nickel Creek). Thile's Mandolin Concerto premiered last year with several orchestras around the country. The Punch Brothers' release from last summer, Antifogmatic, is a fully realized expo of American music. $18-$33. Neighborhood Theatre. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com. (Shukla)

SLASH Fresh off a Super Bowl halftime performance where Fergie bastardized "Sweet Child O' Mine" with him by her side, the legendary Guns N' Roses rocker will shred in a way that will totally erase the memory of that moment. Away from GNR and Velvet Revolver, Slash is making noise as a solo act. Brand New Sin and The Fabulous Miss Wendy join. $40. The Fillmore Charlotte. www.livenation.com. (Mike McCray)

FRIDAY, FEB. 18

JILL ANDREWS The former member of The Everybodyfields has quickly established herself on the music scene as a solo performer — and with good reason. Andrews has a smooth and soothing vocal style that goes well with her brand of folk — a hint of country, a splash of soul included. For the month of February, fellow Everybodyfields member Megan McCormick will be a part of Andrews' band. With Emily Lynch. $12. The Evening Muse. www.theeveningmuse.com. (Hahne)

TPS REPORT If a band formed on a whim always sounds this good, sign me up for the next rock out session. TPS Report fuses the musical genres of metal, jazz and funk to come up with a sound of their own. They began their reign as the house band at LaVecchia's in December 2006 but now that they are back from a short hiatus they come to reclaim their spot. With new and revamped material on hand, TPS Report picks up where they left off with their melodic grooves sure to make the dining experience of LaVecchia's customers that much better. LaVecchia's. www.lavecchias.com. (Johnathan Cruse)

SATURDAY, FEB. 19

MISSY RAINES & THE NEW HIP Bassist Missy Raines' affection for bluegrass and acoustic roots music is apparent with the opening notes of any of her songs. The top-notch musicians in her crew play off each other as well as weave in and out of the songs with such ease. Inlaid with jazz, newgrass, breezy vocals, even acoustic pop, the combo's newest recording, Inside Out, is a keeper. $12-$15. Double Door Inn. www.doubledoorinn.com. (Shukla)

THANK YOU Baltimore art-rock trio's modus operandi is, well, all musical twists and turns are game. They compose tunes that channel experimentalism, jazzy noise, minimalism, or '60s organ avant rock. All three play stuff including Vox organs, harmonica, mini-moog, jaw harp, and samplers. The jarring guitars will either inspire open ears or annoy the hell out of the casual listener. Their new album, Golden Worry, explores random and rhythmic noise, repetition, even occasional melodic pop. With Cement Stars, Blossoms and Primal Static. $6-$8. The Milestone. www.themilestoneclub.com (Shukla)

SUNDAY, FEB.20

HANK & CUPCAKES Just because the White Stripes retired, doesn't mean there aren't plenty of other duos making fantastic music these days. The "sexy pop" of Hank & Cupcakes is sure to be noticed by anyone who gives it a chance. The New York duo — by way of Israel — are more Yeah Yeah Yeahs or Matt & Kim than anything Jack White would do. It's a drum-and-bass combination that's worth checking out. With Human Pippi Armstrong, Three Brained Robot. $6-$8. 9 p.m. The Milestone. www.themilestoneclub.com. (Hahne)

MONDAY, FEB. 21

JP, INC. The artist formerly known as Pleaseeasaur is still doing comedy records and is touring his new record of hypothetical theme songs and commercials backed by Comedy Central Records. Whether opening for DEVO or starring in a web series, JP has turned his 15 years in the comedy game into laughs internationally. Neil Hamburger, Face Fear and PP Shivvers are also on the bill. $10. Snug Harbor. www.snugrock.com. (McCray)

TUESDAY, FEB. 22

THE DAMNED THINGS The word supergroup gets used a bit too much these days, but if The Damned Things don't fall in that category, I'm not sure who does. The band features Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano of Anthrax, Keith Buckley and Josh Newton of Every Time I Die and Joe Trohman and Andy Hurley of Fall Out Boy. Fellow supergroup Hellyeah — featuring members of Pantera, Mudvayne, Damageplan and Nothingface — is also on the bill. With Buckcherry and All that Remains. $45.20. The Fillmore Charlotte. www.livenation.com. (Hahne)

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