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CL previews upcoming concerts (June 16-22) 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16

Danzig The requisite history: Yeah, Glenn Danzig fronted the hugely influential horror punk outfits Misfits and Samhain in the late '70s and early '80s. And although he heavily channeled Jim Morrison on his solo debut in 1988, the record harked the instantly recognizable voice of Danzig, who's since released a slew of blues-infused hard-rocking albums. The newest, Deth Red Sabaoth, recorded with tourmates Tommy Victor (guitar), Johnny Kelly (drums) and Steve Zing (bass) hits the streets next week. With Gorgeous Frankenstein. $27, The Fillmore Charlotte, www.livenation.com. (Samir Shukla)

Harry Connick Jr. The 42-year-old singer/songwriter/actor/pianist has been the heir apparent to the throne of Frank Sinatra for years. He's a crooner – you'll get ballads and up-tempo swinging sounds, while his band is dedicated to his latest album, Your Sounds, an album of cover songs. Instead of paying homage often to New York a la Sinatra, he leans the way of New Orleans – I'd venture to bet that the current Gulf crisis will be mentioned. Last time I caught his show, he spent five minutes throwing Krispy Kreme doughnuts into the crowd. Good times for all! $29.50-$94.50, Belk Theater, www.blumenthalcenter.org. (Jeff Hahne)

Aslyn Atlanta-based singer-songwriter Aslyn has the kind of onstage charm that leaves everyone with the warm-and-fuzzies. The pop songstress brings a little bit of edge, a little bit of country twang and a lot of heart into her tunes–but never delves too far into the precious. Her latest, The Dandelion Sessions, is a solid collection of earnest ballads and bouncy piano rockers. But if you want to be truly captivated, catch her rocking out in an intimate setting. $10, Double Door Inn, www.doubledoorinn.com. (Allie Goolrick)

Obelisk Formed in September of last year out of the since-beheaded Back From The Guillotine, Obelisk doesn't necessarily sport a new name (while relatively badass, a Google search pulls up multiple bands with the same, Led Zeppelin Presence cover art 2001: A Space Odyssey-inspired band moniker), but then again, the lads are mighty young. And while some members are still kicking it secondary school-style, some nice pieces are in place for future success. As with any similarly-aged artist, the key will be whether A) the members grow as individual people and B) whether or not this gets transmutated into the music, allowing what sounds competent now to sound unique at a later date. With There Will Be Blood, Catalepsy. $7-$10, Tremont Music Hall, www.tremontmusichall.com. (Timothy C. Davis)

FRIDAY, JUNE 18

25 Minutes To Go Tattooed arms. Check. Mohawks. Check. Loud, piercing music about rebellion and freedom. Check. This quartet from Lincolnton has the punk rock canon down pat as they rip through small venues meant to radiate their raw and powerful sound. In their songs "Cereal Krusher" and Hope for Sorrows," you can certainly hear the influence of Mike Ness' Social Distortion with the downtrodden but fast-paced guitar strumming alongside a thumping bass and drums. Inspired to name their band after a 1965 Johnny Cash cover tune, the band will keep it real and keep you involved with all of their riot-inducing chants of "hoy, hoy, hoy." With Burning Streets, Bracing for Impact, The Dielectrics. $6-$8, The Milestone, www.themilestoneclub.com. (Chis Triplett)

SATURDAY, JUNE 19

Slick Idiot Featuring En Esch and Guenter Schulz from KMFDM, Slick Idiot spews, well, goth-laden, industrial dance mayhem. There are more hard rock-blasted guitars in this outfit, a slight detour from En Esch's past, more electro industrial, dance noise-oriented work with KMFDM. He's also put in stints with numerous like-minded outfits and bands over the past couple of decades. Also on the bill: Mona Mur, Angels on Acid. $8-$11, Tremont Music Hall, www.tremontmusichall.com. (Shukla)

Black Ritual The ritual in the name here is certainly black enough – a mostly deathcore-centric blend of thrash and hardcore with the requisite ripped vocal cord emoto-throating vox. Their 2008 debut, 1000 Yard Stare, was one of the better local releases of the year, at least worthy of a check plus in the heavy ledger: plenty of that galloping, four-horsemen-of-the-metalocalypse riffage paired with a punishing-yet-nimble bottom end that suggested plenty of good things to come. With Pain After Death, Permanent Midknight, Falling I Wake. $8-$10, Amos' Southnd, www.amossouthend.com. (Davis)

SUNDAY, JUNE 20

The Thing + Joe McPhee Scandinavian jazz noise trio The Thing teams with multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee, a constant figure in free-jazz circles since the late 1960s. Expect the rafters to bend and the air to get heavy in an avant-garde evening with the legendary McPhee spewing hellfire and mutant riffs on the horns. This is a rare top-notch free-jazz treat in the Queen city. $7-$9, The Milestone, www.themilestoneclub.com. (Shukla)

TUESDAY, JUNE 22

Good Old War The Philadelphia indie-rock trio made noise in 2008 with their debut album, Only Way To Be Alone; now the folksy, Americana band is criss-crossing the country for their new, self-titled album that's full of laid-back, acoustic gems about love and life. There's even some soulful accordion in there. Trust me, their show has spring fever written all over it. Catch the love bug. $10-$12, Tremont Music Hall, www.tremontmusichall.com. (Mike McCray)

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