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CL previews upcoming concerts (June 30-July 3) 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30

Rock Band Live You've been knocking back beers and wailing away on Rock Band since 2007. Whether it was Metallica's "Enter Sandman" or a little David Bowie, you've sang them all like you penned them yourself. Now you can give that same legendary performance on stage instead of standing on your couch and have the opportunity to be discovered in process. Through July 11. Free with park admission, (no shows on Tuesday, July 6) Carowinds, www.carowinds.com (Mike McCray)

Frontier Ruckus/Samantha Crain These Ramseur Records acts both released new albums recently and should make for quite a show. Both also just played, and wowed crowds, at Bonnaroo. Frontier Ruckus offered an impromptu set right after their stage performance that quickly gathered a small crowd. Crain's onstage energy is infectious as she dances and sings her heart out. $7, Double Door Inn, www.doubledoorinn.com (Jeff Hahne)

Natalia Zuckerman What is the daughter of a composer and flutist and sister of an opera singer supposed to do when she gets older except make music. From a classical Manhattan upbringing, she's created folksy, Americana music with truthful lyrics you'd expect from someone who grew up seeing more back roads than big city lights. Recently touring the East Coast with Jeff Fullbright and Sam Baker, fans of guitarist with real musical chops will enjoy. $8-$10, The Evening Muse, www.theeveningmuse.com (Mike McCray)

THURSDAY, JULY 1

Shiprocked It's not a new event but Shiprocked, hosted by Scott Weaver, is a staple of the Plaza Midwood scene. It's a weekly destination for everybody in the area who bounces around the neighborhood spots because there's always something interesting going on. Not only is the party lively but it's top notch people-watching. For those not in the mood to dance the night away or catch an impromptu drag show, have some brews and lounge on the patio. Free, Snug Harbor, www.snugrock.com. (McCray)

JK & The Lostboys JK & The Lostboys, while not all that long in the tooth – they formed in 2008 when singer/songwriter Justin Keller and drummer Casey Courter formed the band for a school charity show – have already made a goodly sized dent in the sheet metal of Southern auto-pop, releasing their first EP, Street Lights & Avenues, earlier this year. This band cites as influences Ben Harper, Dave Matthews Band, Corey Smith, Jack Johnson, and John Butler Trio. All of which, to these ears, make JK RIYL (Recommended If You Like). With Drew Dixon. $5, The Evening Muse, www.theeveningmuse.com (Timothy C. Davis)

Lightning Bolt Rhode Island's Lightning Bolt (Brian Chippendale, drums; Brian Gibson on a severely effed-with bass guitar) has making a righteous post-rock Free-influenced noise for almost 15 years now, when both attended the Rhode Island School of Design. An art school background has influenced the work (and the thinking) of many a rock 'n' roll band over the years, and Lightning Bolt is no different: think Frank Gehry after about five tabs of acid. Super loud and aggressive and still smart amidst it all, this is the kind of show that has the potential to be talked about long after the ringing in the ears has subsided. Highly recommended. With Human Pippi Armstron, Battle Beast. $8-$10, The Milestone, www.themilestoneclub.com (Davis)

FRIDAY, JULY 2

Phish If you actually manage to score a ticket to jam cult heroes Phish, you'll see a reunited re-energized band throw the next generation of neo-hippies into a flailing frenzy. After a four-year hiatus, Phish has come back from the brink of disaster with more clarity, more focus and some rockin' new jams. Their new album, Joy, has been lauded by critics as some of the best material in their canon. Seems like the boys are back for the long haul. $50. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, www.livenation.com (Allie Goolrick)

Adam Lambert The former American Idol runner-up quickly sold out tonight's show at The Fillmore – considering that his album sales have been less than stellar, I'm guessing people are more interested in the performance than the music itself. I'd expect a good bit of glitz and glam when he hits the stage ... It's also likely that opener Orianthi will outshine him musically – girl can shred a guitar. No doubt those in attendance will rave about his performance and remember little about the tunes themselves. $24.75-$35.50. The Fillmore Charlotte, www.livenation.com (Hahne)

SATURDAY, JULY 3

Maylene and the Sons of Disaster Hillbilly rock lives on with this rough and tumble metal group from Birmingham, Ala., who looks like they just crawled out from the movie Deliverance. In fact, their video for the song "Step Up" is a new age rendition of the classic flick. They intertwine hard bass and guitar licks with Dallas Taylor's traditional metal vocals that stretch his vocal cords to the limit. But that's a given in heavy metal. They are headlining the "Scream The Prayer III" hard rock festival. With For Today, Blessed By A Broken Heart, A Plea For Purging, others. $15-$18. Amos' Southend, www.amossouthend.com (Chris Triplett)

SUNDAY, JULY 4

Independence Day Happy Fourth of July!

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