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CL previews upcoming concerts (July 7-12) 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 7

The Bill Murray Experience Sorry, no Caddyshack or What About Bob one-liners here. Despite the ambiguity of the band name, this New York City-based quartet is comprised of veterans of big city street corners and parks while entertaining onlookers with their vintage 1930s ragtime and blues display. Lead vocalist and whistler Jessy Carolina belts out her lyrics true to that of Ma Rainey and Mamie Smith which will reverberate in your ear if close enough. The upright bass, banjo, and bones will make you feel like you traveled back to the Mississippi delta at the "crossroads" eight decades ago. Good show for any music historian. $5, The Evening Muse, www.theeveningmuse.com (Chris Triplett)

THURSDAY, JULY 8

Victor Wooten Band Multi-instrumentalist and bassist extraordinaire Wooten is a veteran of all things music. Composer, producer, arranger, vocalist and teacher are some of his check marks. But it's when Wooten hits the stage, whether with Bela Fleck, or his own various band incarnations, that jazz, bluegrass, rock, funk and blues merge into a whirling singularity. He is also doing an in-store clinic at Sam Ash music around 2 p.m. Josh Phillips Folk Festival will warm up the evening. $22-37, Neighborhood Theatre, www.neighborhoodtheatre.com (Samir Shukla)

FRIDAY, JULY 9

Tennessee Hollow This acoustic roots-rock quartet, birthed at the Berklee School of Music in Boston and now based in the hills of Asheville, has honed the proper sensibilities of American folk and blues. Their songs, a fine example is the shuffling, strolling blues-country track "Slow Train (to Mexico)," are tinged with Appalachian spirituality. With Yarn. $10, The Evening Muse, www.theeveningmuse.com (Shukla)

Decoration Ghost Greensboro rockers Decoration Ghost proudly wear their N.C. indie roots on their guitars. The gents channel Superchunk and the hot buttered rock churned out of Chapel Hill during the '90s. With melody-splattered rock, punk ethos and buzzed guitars inlaid with intelligent lyrics, check The Haze of Wine and Age, the band expands indie rock spawned in our own fair state. With Husky and Irata. $5, Snug Harbor, www.snugrock.com (Shukla)

Chatham County Line Raleigh's CCL began as more of a combination bluegrass/Americana outfit, but recently, the band has morphed into something more traditional (at least technique-wise), a road less taken with many younger acts of their ilk (see Beat Circus, the Avetts). Possessors of fine from-the-holler harmony, the group can transition from hotshit rave-up to balletic balladry without breaking a sweat ... or a string. With Mandolin Orange. $12-22, Neighborhood Theatre, www.neighborhoodtheatre.com (Timothy C. Davis)

JT and the Dragpipes I got an e-mail recently letting me know that Tommy Ray and the Rayguns had broken up. Sad news. But it was followed by the information that Tommy Ray has joined forces with Jem Crossland for a new band – JT and the Dragpipes. Both handle singing and guitar duties. Throw in Badger on bass and Rusty Cloninger on the drums and it makes for one fantastic combination – and I haven't even heard them yet. Tommy Ray tells me the band will play rockabilly originals, some Rayguns and Crossland tunes as well as covers. Opening for Mad Tea Party. $5, Puckett's Farm Equipment, www.puckettsfarm.com (Jeff Hahne)

SATURDAY, JULY 10

Terror Dual guitars, check, growly vocalist, check, booming bass and drums, double check. Cali hardcore and thrash outfit Terror makes fists fly, and when most songs clock in under three minutes, ya know the pit's gonna be rocking. The quintet is on a throat-busting non-stop tour through October, with what looks like maybe a few nights off during the entire time. Keep the faith, indeed. With Grave Maker, Naysayer, Foundation, and Iced Out. $12-14, Tremont Music Hall, www.tremontmusichall.com (Shukla)

SUNDAY, JULY 11

The Thought Criminals Few things rival the live hip-hop experience. Now imagine that experience with a nine-piece band drawing from influences as broad as Wu-Tang and Black Sabbath. The local act, whose sound is as unique as anything you'll hear in the city, has also been championing the cause of local acts working today to cultivate a unified indie hip-hop community. Mega Ran, K-Murdock and Bleubird are also on the bill. $8-10, Milestone, www.themilestoneclub.com (Mike McCray)

MONDAY, JULY 12

Dark Castle Guitarist/vocalist Stevie Floyd and drummer/vocalist Rob Shaffer, both tattoo artists, formed Dark Castle way back in 2005, but played hundreds of shows before releasing their triumphant, debut doom/post-metal screed, Spirited Migration, last year. Floyd may be one of the more face-melting guitarists you'll find; despite her petite frame, she boasts Sunn 0)))-style wattage and a willingness to play heavy with Japanese and other such worldly scales, seamlessly mixing the Sabbath with the samurai. With Faceblaster, Monarchist, Trapper. $6-9, The Milestone, www.themilestoneclub.com (Davis)

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