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CL previews upcoming concerts (March 3-8) 

THURSDAY, MARCH 3

MYSTIKAL About a decade removed from his height, Mystikal is bouncing back. The Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum rapper spent six years incarcerated, but hit the road as soon as he was released, trying to get back to the form that gave us songs like "Shake Ya Ass," "The Man Right Chea" and "Danger" when he was part of Master P's No Limit Records juggernaut. The show is part of a CIAA kickoff party. $20-$40. Neighborhood Theatre. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com. (Mike McCray)

JEFF COFFIN MU'TET Better known these days as the sax player with the Dave Matthews Band than he is from his days with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Jeff Coffin fuses in just about everything he knows for intricate musical compositions. Jazz one minute, rock the next, he doesn't hesitate to add effects and simply listen to wherever the moment takes him. With Jazz is Led. $12-$15. 9 p.m. Double Door Inn. www.doubledoorinn.com. (Jeff Hahne)

FRIDAY, MARCH 4

ASHERS Gotta love foot-stomping songs that clock in under three minutes. Even better, toss in some louder, faster slammers that clock in under two minutes. These Boston punks know the drill. What more can you say? It's fast, angry, and darn catchy. Pretty much what good asswhoopin' punk rock ought to be. There are plenty of shout along chorus moments, where the guitars and drums pause ever so slightly for the back-up howlers, or the pit denizens, to join in. With Dirty South Revolutionaries, All Rise, I.E.D., and the Letdowns. $8-$10. The Milestone. www.themilestoneclub.com. (Samir Shukla)

SATURDAY, MARCH 5

WIZ KHALIFA Kahlifa single-handedly made "Black and Yellow" the favorite colors for most through his smash hit of the same name. Plucked from mere obscurity, this mixtape maven and his Taylor Gang crew created a lifestyle of unlimited tattoos that includes a love for a particular green. Fresh off the success of his highly acclaimed mixtape Kush & Orange Juice and the valedictorian spot in XXL Magazine Freshmen 10, Wiz Khalifa is ready to take the hip-hop world by storm. With ink on a new deal with Atlantic Records and debut of his first mainstream album, Rolling Papers, the Pittsburgh native is well on his way to total hip-hop world domination. $40. Club 935. www.club935.com. (Johnathan Cruse)

MOTORHEAD I go to A LOT of concerts ... but 2009's Motörhead show at The Fillmore still ranks as the loudest I've ever been to. They brought in a number of extra amps and I was warned by no less than five security guards working the show to use earplugs. Rumors circled that chandeliers were rattling and the decibels were over 130. You gotta see it at least once, and who doesn't love "Ace of Spades"? $41.50. 8 p.m. The Fillmore Charlotte. www.livenation.com. (Jeff Hahne)

MARC BROUSSARD Louisiana crooner's distinct voice wraps around funk, jazz, and R&B, be they dance numbers or sinewy ballads, with equal panache. His ability to channel old-school soul, while strolling through the unmistakable New Orleans musical alleyways, makes for a dandy date night. Bring your dancing shoes. Broussard has a new album in the works that's slated for release in June. With openers Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors. $20. Neighborhood Theatre. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com. (Shukla)

MONDAY, MARCH 7

SOLID GOLD MONDAYS Imagine a scene where the music of Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, Chuck Berry and others of the era are alive. Elon Shomaker delves into soul vinyl of the '50s and '60s weekly for a crowd usually 20 to 30 years younger than the actual music but it comes together smoothly. Drinks specials like $1 PBRs ensure the dance floor is lively. Free. Growlers Pourhouse. www.growlerspourhouse.com. (McCray)

CURSIVE It's a shame that after a decade and a half of making taut music, rockers Cursive are still not huge. In a fairer musical world they should be all over the radio, swatting aside over-produced, one-hit wannabees plaguing the airwaves. The Omaha-based band pours shuffling jazz vibes that expand into punk-touched, noise-caressed numbers. It may be a confounding blend, but one that makes the listener nod, sway and wanting more. With Harvard, Yardwork and Andy the Doorbum. $12-$15. Tremont Music Hall. www.tremontmusichall.com. (Shukla)

TUESDAY, MARCH 8

GEORGE WINSTON Easily identifiable as one of this century's greatest piano phenoms, Winston is inspired by the seasons. With his versatility in playing the organ, folk, stride and acoustic pianos, he is able to capture any audience with his array of melodic sounds and diverse instrumentals. Don't place this man in one genre; R&B, rock and blues numbers are all a part of his set list. $29-$40, McGlohon Theatre. www.blumenthalcenter.org. (Cruse)

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