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CL previews upcoming concerts (Sept. 10-15) 


The Wiggle Wagons Tipping hats to Buck Owens, The Hanks and The Outlaws, The Wiggle Wagons honed their country chops out west in Cali and now call the Queen City home. Their country and Southern rock is tinged with heady tales of rough times as well as liquor-soaked good times. They are not averse to cutting loose with a headbangin' cover like Motorhead's "Ace of Spades." With The Loose Lugnuts and KPSoloman5000. Milestone (Samir Shukla)

Jason Mraz The last time Mraz was in town, the show was rained out and he wound up playing for two hours inside the Fillmore. This time around, assuming the weather holds up, he'll be plugged in and give a show that's somewhat similar to what he had planned the first time around – if you weren't lucky enough to catch the unplugged version. Uptown Amphitheatre (Jeff Hahne)


The Farewell Drifters The young Nashville combo is so versed in the old ways of bluegrass you'd think a pile of old-timers were crooning and picking on stage. Sweet harmonies caress their folk, Americana and bluegrass. The quintet's acoustic vibes are warm and tingly to be sure, but they can also crank out rollicking covers including the Beatles' "Ticket to Ride" done Appalachian-style. With Michael Ford Jr. and Apache Relay. The Evening Muse (Shukla)

Velvet Truckstop These blues-rockers don't dilute their classic rock with tricks or colored hair. It's about Southern rock where the piano rolls right along with the thick vocals. The band is doing a stack of shows in celebration of their new CD, Sweet Release. Some songs do veer off the track after a strong start, but then the guitars get busy again and the wheels steady and hit the road running. With Evelynn Rose. Double Door Inn (Shukla)

Andy The Door Bum Andy Fenstermaker makes a hell of a front man, in whatever sense of the term. The lushly-bearded one often works the door at the Milestone (thus the nom-de-rock), but he's at his best a few feet away, in front of a mic, where his good-naturedly apocalyptic country honk has more than enough spit and sizzle to warrant a cover. His music can cut – his are no dabbler's notes from afar – but the slice comes followed by its own salve, often in the same song. In that way, he's like some dank weed – strong, spooky and ultimately sweet. Check out his new Art is Shit for a taste. (OK, so unsavory word-sequencing there.) Milestone (Timothy C. Davis)

Motorhead There are two kinds of artists whom we celebrate – those who change from record-to-record (see your Beatles and Radioheads and John Coltranes), and those who stay *exactly* the same, without kowtowing to popular opinion, pervading styles, or financial pressure (AC/DC, Slayer). Position Motorhead firmly in the latter. Famously fronted by the gaping, be-warted maw of Lemmy Kilmister (as with his music, that mug hasn't seemed to change in the last 20 years either), Motorhead is loudfastvicious rock 'n' roll of an almost frightening simplicity, cutting heads with guitar guillotines, gravel-gargling "vocals," and sheer mind-warping volume. Just last year, a journalist asked Lemmy how he thought his music would sound in 10 years. His response? "Louder." So perhaps he is willing to give in to the times after all. With Reverend Horton Heat, Nashville Pussy. The Fillmore Charlotte (Davis)


Lou Ford We don't hear much these days from Jim Thompson's favorite band (well, they would be since they're named after the dicey sheriff in the author's noir-thriller The Killer Inside Me), so any gig featuring the quartet's inimitable rural rock – think Big Star meets Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere Crazy Horse – is heartily embraced. It's great music to inebriate with, and since this is one of the venue's ongoing FREE SHOWS spotlighting local and regional bands, you'll have extra dosh to find out just how great. Also on the bill: The Turnstiles, Guam High and Josh Burch. Neighborhood Theatre (John Schacht)

Sera Cahoone Sub Pop artist Sera Cahoone is an integral component of the Seattle scene's shift to a twangier music economy, and her second full-length – Only As the Day Is Long – was one of 2008's pleasant surprises. Filled with road-weary laments, high-and-lonesome pedal steel and gorgeous melodies, it trumped most of a strong country rock field that year and bodes well for her future endeavors. Fun Factoid: Cahoone played drums in Carissa's Wierd (sic), the band that birthed Band of Horses and Grand Archives. Opening for Son Volt. Visulite Theatre (Schacht)


JJ Grey and Mofro The last time Grey and his band were in town, I wasn't expecting a large crowd and the place was packed. This time around, he's opening up for guitarist Derek Trucks' solo band. Both are worthy of catching, but make sure you get there for the swampy blues rock of Grey. It's got that down-home groove to it that's sure to get feet stomping. Belk Theater (Hahne)


Enter the Haggis Do you know what haggis is? Although most modern versions are cooked inside an artificial casing, traditional haggis is boiled in a sheep's stomach and contains the animal's heart, liver and lungs along with onion, oatmeal, suet and spices. What does that have to do with the band, other than their name? I have no idea ... I can't get past that intestinal mental image to find out anything about the Celtic rockers. The Evening Muse (Hahne)

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