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CL previews upcoming concerts (March 4-9) 


David Sanborn Veteran saxophonist Sanborn can be eclectic, intriguing and, in moments of genius, amazing, but he has also recorded his share of run-of-the-mill, predictable soft jazz noodles. But there's no denying his influence on jazz for the past four decades, including infusing his trusty sax on countless recordings. His most recent album, Here and Gone, runs the gamut of Sanborn history; there's pop-leaning jazz that's filtered through R&B and blues, as well as sinewy signature jazz. McGlohon Theatre (Samir Shukla)


The Marshall Tucker Band The self-titled The Marshall Tucker Band, released one year after the band formed, is, to these ears, perhaps the single best non-Allman Southern Rock record ever released. Full of country/jazz interplay between guitarists (and Spartanburg, S.C., natives) George McCorkle and Toy Caldwell (check YouTube for some of Toy's pick-less workouts), the infamous melodic doodle of flautist Jerry Eubanks, and the combined vocal talents of Tommy Caldwell and Doug Gray, the record is the aural equivalent of a brisk walk through a Carolina pine forest, with the promise of a couple cold ones and a hot homemade meal at the other end. Unfortunately, time and toil took their toll on the group over the years to come – Tommy died from a car crash, Toy of heart disease and McCorkle of cancer. Like most of the compadres in the genre, the group has soldiered on (indeed, a few members were Vietnam vets) and still play triple-digit shows a year, despite Gray's lone wolf status as the only original member. Neighborhood Theatre (Timothy C. Davis)

Maserati Athens, Ga.'s Maserati, like the car they're named after, can accelerate and stop on a dime, and handle all the tricky curves in between. It's evolved from something of a post-punk, math-mad mob into something much deeper, both in depth of scope and squall of sound: a Krautrock-spiked, drone-drunk psychedelic stompbox with the smarts to know when to rein it in, and the stones to know when to put the pedal(s) to the (heavy) metal. With Fin Fang Foom, Kiss Kiss, Ultimate Optimist. The Milestone (Davis)


Audioform CD release The acid-jazz/funk maestros were recently faced with the choice of changing the name they've built coast-to-coast, gig to sweaty gig, over the last four years, or entering court $y$tem purgatory to fight for it. The Charlotte-based collective decided that, with a new release recorded with Soulive's Alan Evans in the can, they'd have to make a decision. Find out that decision at the show. In the meantime, the band's new disc doesn't stray far from what has worked so well for so long, since it's built on similar late-'60s Blue Note horn heds with big bottom-end funk/fusion booty-shake. The release is digital via iTunes, but you can pick physical copies up at Lunchbox or Manifest Records. With Hot Politics. Neighborhood Theatre (John Schacht)

Hymns/Yardwork Hymns now call Brooklyn home, but the band's primary songwriters Brian Harding and Jason Roberts grew up playing music in Harrisburg and raiding their folks' record collections. The band's sterling sophomore disc, Travel In Herds, salutes The Byrds, The Band, The Kinks and the Stones, and somehow pulls it off without sounding derivative. Upon hearing Yardwork for the first time, a local bass player jokingly suggested it'd be terrible if his counterpart in that band were to have an accident in the hopes they could take his place; that says a lot about this collective's infectious energy, punk-fueled hoedowns and bright-ass future. With Death On Two Wheels. Snug Harbor (Schacht)


Nonpoint The Fort Lauderdale band first caught my eye a handful of years ago when they opened up for Papa Roach at the infamous, and now non-existent, Ziggy's in Winston-Salem. Singer Elias Soriano has a hell of a primal scream and can get a crowd fired up pretty easily while his dreads whip around with abandon. The band has undergone some changes recently – original guitarist Andrew Goldman was replaced by Zach Broderick, and the band left its label, Bieler Bros. Doesn't mean they don't have fuel for the fire ... Opening for Mudvayne with In This Moment. Amos' Southend (Jeff Hahne)


Early Man Straddling the bombast between Metallica and punk, thrashers Early Man spew the noise with loads of flailing hair, a dual guitar attack, pounding percussion and manly vocals. The quartet's been gathering a following of late. Listen closely and they generally prove they're a notch or two above the throngs of similar headbangers. With Red Fang and Boolow. The Milestone (Shukla)

Tricky The essential show of the week belongs to Tricky. He arrived in the early '90s doing groundbreaking work with hip-hoppers Massive Attack and clinched the mantle of trip-hop with his subsequent solo outings. Tricky's weave of trip-hop, dancehall, rap, cabaret, and electronica is utterly original. His newest disc, last year's Knowle West Boy, adds elements of rock, punk and ska into the mix, but the darkly atmospheric foundation is never far away. With the Floacist. Neighborhood Theatre (Shukla)

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