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CL previews upcoming concerts (May 12-18) 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 12

Norah Jones Early success didn't lull Jones into a comfy pop persona. The singer's latest recording, The Fall, rocks more than her early jazzier outings, but then again she has always channeled and wrapped torch song, pop, country, blues, and jazz into her hypnotic vocals. She's smart to bring in top session players and co-songwriters that enhance her songcraft, so full of eclectic subtleties. Ovens Auditorium (Samir Shukla)

Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band Americana singer-songwriter Ritter has gotten plenty of praise and is often compared to Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and Leonard Cohen. Of course, when I hear the 33-year-old's name I think of John Ritter (or Jack Tripper), but there's no relation here. Random fact – he was born in Idaho ... you don't hear that every day. His latest disc, So Runs the World Away, hit the streets on May 4. With his wife, Dawn Landes. McGlohon Theatre (Jeff Hahne)

THURSDAY, MAY 13

Cheap Girls The Lansing, Mich., band gained some attention at SXSW for their '90s style rock in the vein of The Lemonheads and The Replacements. It's hook-y pop rock – sometimes electric, sometimes acoustic – that is sure to get toes tappin' and heads bobbin'. There's still a raw edge to it – it's not as radio-friendly as you might expect. With The Measure, PJ Bond, One Win Choice, Annabel, Over Stars and Gutters. The Milestone (Hahne)

FRIDAY, MAY 14

Aqua Teen Hunger Force Meatwad, Master Shake, Frylock are all set to make an appearance at this first-ever live tour of the popular cartoon. Co-creator Dave Willis and voice actor/comedian Dana Snyder are the ones bringing the show to life on stage in an interactive comedy/music format. There's a rumor floating around this one that Unknown Hinson might make an appearance, too. Amos' Southend (Hahne)

SATURDAY, MAY 15

Against Me! The Gainesville, Fla., punk rockers have won and lost fans for changing their styles over the years. 2007's New Wave scored legions of new fans with songs "Thrash Unreal" and "Stop." For the band's June 8 release, White Crosses, they've once again teamed up with New Wave producer Butch Vig. The band constantly pushes itself and is likely to give fans a taste of the new album at this show. Visulite Theatre (Hahne)

SUNDAY, MAY 16

Asleep in a Box Electro rock quintet lets its swirling electronic weave do the talking, sparring gently with guitars and percussion while embarking on a space trip. It's not quite dancey, call it trancey where the idea is to sit back and let the waves go over, through, and under you. I'd say a short set would be quite intriguing, but if they linger too much you may wind up heading for a barstool. With Fan-Tan, Softspot and The Lo and Beholds. Snug Harbor (Shukla)

MONDAY, MAY 17

ICP & Friends If this one had a name, it'd probably be called the "WTF? Tour." Headliners/clown-rappers Insane Clown Posse are bringing along a variety of opening acts with them ... and when I say a variety, it doesn't get more varied than this. It's the stoner rock-rap of Kottonmouth Kings, the metal of Kittie, the death-rap of Necro and the hip-hop of Coolio (yep, I'm serious.) Uh, what the fuck? Uptown Amphitheatre (Hahne)

TUESDAY, MAY 18

Agnostic Front N.Y.C. hardcore legends Roger Miret (vocals) Vinnie Stigma (guitars) remain the original members of this posse that hit the scene in early 1983. The blokes haven't let up an iota on the primal angst and the accompanying "bring down the authority" opining. They dabbled in speed metal in later years, but this gig will see them return to their roots where the pit should remain fired up all night as they perform their classics Victim in Pain and United Blood in their entirety. With Outbreak, Southside Punx, and the Rogue Nations. Tremont Music Hall (Shukla)

White Rhino Austin-based power trio mines their territorial influences – Hawkwind, Motorhead, Monster Magnet – and plows it all through a bluesy, psychedelic rock and punk-stroked route. They've got the knack to jam on slow-burning numbers dropped from some acid-laden, amps-cranked trip out of the late '60s or crank it into hard rock bursts. Dated? Maybe. Rocking? Why certainly. With Abominable Iron Sloth and Zeus. The Milestone (Shukla)

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