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CL previews upcoming concerts (May 25-31) 


AMANDA POLLARD Taking the opportunity to support homegrown talent is always special and Amanda Pollard is that. The Northwest School of the Arts alum has been cutting her teeth as an R&B artist just about everywhere people will listen. Those who've had the opportunity to see it firsthand can tell you that her songs about the human experience are as unique as any. Charlotte-based rapper Deimont is also on the bill. $5. Twilight Caribbean. (Mike McCray)

GRAHAM LINDSEY Now living in the hills of Montana, folk and country singer/songwriter Lindsey writes tales laced with angst, barreling through primal acoustic numbers on guitar or banjo. He once floated around in punk bands, including kid punks Old Skull; Lindsey is quite at home now in a backwoods country mode and musically worthy to pull up a barstool with the likes of John Wesley Harding and even Dylan. With Stephen Warwick, Les Wright and Ben Henry. $6-$9. Milestone. (Samir Shukla)

DIRK QUINN BAND Philly-based guitarist Quinn's funk and jazz naturally avail to sinewy jazz as well as playful experimentation a la Medeski, Martin & Wood. Last summer's release, QuinnTet, is a fine example of what contemporary jazz could aspire to and become, without acquiescing to noodling that becomes generic wallpaper. $7. Double Door Inn. (Shukla)

KYLESA Backed by the tribal ferocity of double drummers, the vertigo-inducing bombast of Kylesa channels the likes of noise weavers Neurosis, and hardens the sound further. Touring in support of recent recording Spiral Shadow, the quintet from the seaside burb of Savannah launches whirring guitars with oft shouted vocals. Also on the bill are Hour of 13, Caltrop, and Machete! $12-$14. Tremont Music Hall. (Shukla)


COMPANY When you're neighbors with Band of Horses' Ben Bridwell, whose reputation for helping out fellow musicians is well-deserved, good things can happen. For this Charleston, S.C., quartet, that meant everything from a band name (they were formerly known as Ko, a symbol from the I Ching) and a BoH opening slot to a debut EP on Bridwell's Fat Possum imprint, Brown Records. Company's new full-length, Holy City (on Exitstencil Records) is perfectly serviceable if unspectacular indie tinged with Southern rock, alternating between GBV lo-fi and the lush reverb of Bridwell's own band. With Filmstrip, Veda Woolf and Dear Kavalier. $6-$9. Milestone. (John Schacht)


THE FAREWELL MONUMENT Spawned from members of People and As Long As Today in 2009, this Charlotte quartet is a dope instrumental act that just released its Harm's Way EP earlier this month. There's no such thing as no frills with these guys — they create epic tunes without saying a word. You can totally get lost in it. Arm The Brave and Asheville's Albert Adams joins. $7-$9. The Milestone. (McCray)

BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY This retro swing outfit hit it big in the mid-'90s, but the music is still as timeless as ever. They play a great mix of amped up jazz mixed with their own spicy covers of songs by artists such as Cab Calloway. Part of the Fridays at the Factory series. $5. N.C. Music Factory. (Jeff Hahne)


SUPER APE Through programming and live instrumentation, Super Ape charges at the listener like a spider monkey (er, spider ape?) and draws them into a trance-like state. The music grooves without being monotonous — it's a journey... one you definitely need to go on. $7-$10. Visulite Theatre. (Hahne)


DOUBLE NEGATIVE The Raleigh experimental hardcore band is, to put it simply, fucking brutal. Get up in their faces near the stage and they'll return the favor. The band feeds off the crowd and feeds them back punk vocals, chugging guitars and pounding drums. Mmmm, delicious. $7-$9. The Milestone. (Hahne)


PANIC! AT THE DISCO The over-orchestrated slick-shlock of these pretentious gits is what you get upon combining '80s synth-coated dance drek and the titanic self-absorption of Emo. Like a biological warfare experiment gone horribly wrong, once the music of these acts (c.f., The Bravery, too) leaked out into the atmosphere, it begat an army of eyeliner-wearing, teenage mallrat mutants whose narcissism made them, in effect, zombies. Panic is the type of disposable band whose discs used to crowd used CD bins as soon as their legions matured, at least to the point where they realized heartache is actually pretty banal, and Kohl on men quite stupid looking. Touring with Fun. (Note: the annoying punctuation is theirs) and Foxy Shazam. $35.25. The Fillmore. (Schacht)

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