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Cl previews upcoming concerts (June 4-7) 


The Stellas The Charlotte rockers just got back from a two-week tour of U.S. bases in Asia and the Middle East. They even blogged about it for us at It was a great chance for the band to give back to troops who are overseas, and now it's your chance to return the favor. Head on out and welcome the guys back home as a thank you for their good deed. And, you know what? They're also a great, live rock band that's worth seeing anyway. Amos' Southend (Jeff Hahne)


The Graveyard Boulevard North Carolina horror-rock hooligans are releasing their newest batch of amps-to-the-max disc, Rock Scars, with guitars cocked and ready. Taking cues from the Misfits and White Zombie, the punk-enthused trio can make an unholy racket, albeit with an ear for melody. The band's freshly minted new recording is yet another notch, um, scar in their story. With The Independents, Legbone and Zoe Vette & the Revolvers. Milestone (Samir Shukla)

Floating Action Another musical free-for-y'all put on by Shuffle, the regional music 'zine, this gig also features the locals Yardwork, Aqualads, Max Indian and 'riddims spinner DJ Billy Dread. The real draw here is perhaps Floating Action, the pseudonym of musician, songwriter and producer Seth Kauffman. After releasing both a debut EP and his first full-length on Hightone Records in 2006, Kauffman – a "Southern-fried Beck," say some wags – returned in the fall of 2007 with another low-fi, funked-up side, Research, this time on Park The Van, and, earlier this year, the self-titled Floating Action, which is also well worth your time. Wanna try before you buy? Check out a bounty of free downloads at from the group's recent date at the Grey Eagle. Visulite Theatre (Timothy C. Davis)

Brad Paisley I've never known what the hell to think about Brad Paisley. He plays a fair-enough mix of hat country and pop rock, although neither style ever seems to come to the fore. As a guitarist, however, he's rather accomplished, even if his Tele skills ain't exactly Red Volkaert. His songs are chock-full of humor and pop culture references ("Cornography," "Celebrity"), but they're rarely what anyone would call high comedy (or even all that funny). He releases a song utterly clueless about the real ways of women ("Waitin' on a Woman"), but is clued in enough to get Andy Griffith in on the video shoot. Headshaking behavior and the name "Paisley" besides? Ladies and gents, I give you the corn pone Prince. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (Davis)


No Doubt Thanks for that whole Lady Gaga dealio, Gwennie. Oh, and that cheeky Lily Allen. And that "I Kissed a Girl"... girl, Katy Perry. Plus Paramore, perhaps, and Panic! at the Disco. And Fergie! (Can't forget the Fergs!) Hannah Montana, come on down! You're the next person to be influenced by a band with an almost unholy (but wholly entertaining, at least on occasion) blend of Spice Girls sex and sass, prefab funk and (again on occassion) real feel. Are y'all still relevant? Who knows. But M.I.A. is, and damn if a lot of her moves don't look awfully familiar. With Paramore and The Sounds. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (Davis)

Groovenauts This Boone-based combo is downright unpeggable. Not that you want music to be cleanly pegged anyway. Groovenauts swirl blues and garagey psychedelic rock with gospel-tinged funky Afrobeat into a confounding groove. Their subtle intonations and not-so-subtle guitar work is intriguing, and any band that's got a pulse on a proper musical tribute to African music legend Fela Kuti is OK in my book. With One Big Love. The Evening Muse (Shukla)

Gaelic Storm The California Celtic band's storytelling prowess, wit-laden and jovial, along with loads of traditional instrumentation – bodhrán, fiddle, accordion, mandolin, pipes and whistles – have evolved a signature sound over the past decade. The quintet's recent disc What's the Rumpus? is brushed with bluegrass and has a keen ear toward American roots music that's composed with a natural sense of interplay. Neighborhood Theatre (Shukla)

Tom Principato He is a bluesman, to be sure. But Tom Principato makes his six strings cry, croon and shake the rafters all the while roping in bits of jazz, rock, Crescent City funk, and even reggae. His road-hardened voice and fluid picking and bending of the aforementioned strings are further showcased in his recent recording Raising the Roof!. Principato is as invigorating when chopping straight blues licks or stitching them into a reggae foundation. Double Door Inn (Shukla)


Arc Angels The blues supergroup of its time has reunited, having released only one album back in 1992. It was originally comprised of two members of Stevie Ray Vaughn's band, Double Trouble, but is now down to one – drummer Chris Layton. He's joined by Doyle Bramhall II, who performs with Eric Clapton, and Charlie Sexton, who performed with Bob Dylan. Should be a great night of music and some talented folks all up on one stage. Neighborhood Theatre (Hahne)

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