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CL previews upcoming concerts (Jan. 27-31) 

WEDNESDAy, JAN. 27

Liturgy Take a deep breath and wait for a break in the guitar drone to exhale. Don't try it while listening to Liturgy, lest you wanna pass out. This NYC quartet professes to play black metal, but their feedback laden, incessant bombast is more akin to Glenn Branca's orchestral guitar noise combos. Ghostly screams accent the dizzying dual guitars that are cathartic at best and unnerving at worst. The dissonance may get repetitive, yet there's compositional prowess at work here. With Renegade Bong Tyrants. Milestone (Samir Shukla)

Nick Oliveri Former Dwarves, Kyuss, and (most notably) Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri has a certain level of infamy in the destructo-rock pantheon. He's known to play butt-ass naked on occasion. He writes two-minute bruisers that meld the sacred (classic pop structure, big riffs) with the profane (er, lots of profanity). He's either the best or the worst thing that ever happened to QOTSA, depending on where you stand. For this tour, Oliveri's on his own, and showing off his newish platter Death Acoustic, which is yet another left turn for a man who never quite fits into easy categorization. So yes, it'll be acoustic. But he does wear a GG Allin shirt whilst doing it, so there's that. With Lamb Handler. Tremont Music Hall (Timothy C. Davis)

THURSDAY, JAN. 28

Christabel and the Jons Downright custom-made for lazy Sunday drives, Christa DeCicco (vocals, guitar) leads this folksy, country and Western swing band that's gently brushed with Bossa Nova. Christabel's laid-back jazz chanteuse persona, backed by acoustic instrumentation including stand-up bass, violin, drumkit, and accordion imparts this Knoxville, Tenn., quartet with a quaint feel. Double Door Inn (Shukla)

FRIDAY, JAN. 29

Monotonix This Israeli trio is a rabid dog cut loose amongst masochistic crowds. Take the deranged lead singer Ami Shalev, who howls and screams and incessantly jumps into and over the crowd, add a raw, bluesy punk guitarist and a furious drummer, and watch joint invariably end in mayhem. Lunacy ensues and loose objects fly, albeit wrought with raw musicality. Stand in the back, lest you harbor aforementioned masochistic tendencies. With Grids and Brain Flannel. Snug Harbor (Shukla)

The Slackers It's been almost two decades since their inception yet The Slackers continue to defy their moniker when it comes to ska and rocksteady. They've been evoking the early days of ska, circa early '60s, from the get-go and continue to carry that torch, but of late their muse leans more rocksteady (the bridge between ska and the development of reggae) while not forgetting their punk roots. With Bums Lie. Visulite Theatre (Shukla)

Haiti Benefit There's no word yet on who the bands are, but my guess would be that five local ones will join forces to help raise money to benefit the victims of the recent earthquake. It's a good cause and, no doubt, will be some great music. Neighborhood Theatre (Jeff Hahne)

SATURDAY, JAN. 30

The Edwards Brothers Fellow CL scribe John Schacht, in the July 4, 2007, issue of this fine alt.weekly, gave us a fine history of Lou Ford, the local legends who are fronted by the brothers Edwards (if you read that story, and you should, you realize they probably wouldn't like being called that. The "legends" part, I mean. And why not? Both songwriters have always mined a progressively populist vein – the one artist I never heard the band compared to, interestingly enough, was Woody Guthrie. The last Edwardian release, Lou Ford's Poor Man's Soul, didn't shift all that many units, but it stands neck-and-neck with anything the band's ever done. There's regret, but there's resolution, too. There's self-loathing, but some self-laughing, too. Hell, just go see 'em. Thus ends the longest parenthetical menu blurb ever.). With American Aquarium, The Brilliant Inventions, Rebecca Loebe. The Evening Muse (Davis)

The Sammies Ever since exiting the humid musical wilds of Wadesboro, N.C., a few years back, The Sams have inspired purplish prose both locally and nationally, and for good reason: They're serious about not taking themselves too seriously. The band's excellent sophomore disc, Sandwich, is the sound of a band learning to dunk on a listener in the lane. It's got that same straight-outta-Athens-circa-'81, country-peppered/garage jangle quality – and, indeed, some of it was recorded and mixed in Bulldog country – as the group's debut, but doesn't muffle the money shot. Or, if you will, speak with its mouth full. With The Unawares, The Spalding Grays. Visulite Theatre (Davis)

SUNDAY, JAN. 31

Moses Cherry & the Topless Gospel Choir Don't let the name fool you – this isn't a burlesque show of any kind. The Milkjug Records group plays a front porch blues with plenty of soul and heart behind it. Cherry does a fine job on guitar and vocals, backed by Zac McBee (Atilla's Honey) on kickdrum and harmonica and Johnny Burns on bass. Worth stopping in and checking out the whole bill – with The Lesser Pauls, Reverend Deadeye's No Man Gospel Band and Perry Fowler. Snug Harbor (Hahne)

Haiti Earthquake Benefit Concert Yet another benefit concert with plenty of great local acts that would be worth checking out even if it wasn't for a great cause. Performers include Jeremy Current, E-S Guthrie, the Activity, The Natural History, Amy Scheide, Sarah Deshields, Chris Kincaid, Matrimony, Jessica Drake and Bright Young Things. Anne R. Belk Theater at UNCC (Hahne)

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