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VISART BENEFIT Great Architect is ostensibly fronted by Charlotte's patron saint of the avant-awesome, Brent Bagwell, but the music here isn't the circle-skronk you might envision from the group's bio sheet. There's plenty of quiet to go along with the storm here — Casey Malone's delicate, assured angle-sketching is a perfect foil for Bagwell's occasional full-on forays, and there's plenty of cello and violin and Rashied Ali-like scattershot drumfills to glue the whole thing together. "Great Architect" is a term used by some religious types to invoke their creator's all-seeing world vision, but I'd much rather get on this whole trip instead. Lord knows the soundtrack's better. $5-$10, Neighborhood Theatre, (Timothy C. Davis)

HERMIT THRUSHES Jagged, raggedy, lo-fi with intent. Philly's Hermit Thrushes' raw, disjointed folk and guitar experimentation can be interesting in small doses. The squeaks and snips converge into linear folk-rock when it suits their mood, but that's not often. Listen carefully and you just might appreciate their effort. Listen passively and you'll wanna change the station. With Invisible Hand and Lux Perpetua. $5, Snug Harbor, (Samir Shukla)

ACOUSTIC WHISKEY WEDNESDAYS This is not just another ordinary open mic night. Singer/songwriters Jimmy Brown (of Matrimony) and David Vallier have teamed up for a new weekly acoustic open mic night with a twist. Before each performer starts to sing, they'll knock back a free shot of whiskey. There will also be a featured performer each week — this time, it's Ian Thomas. $3. Sign-ups 7:45 p.m. Music 8 p.m. Every Wednesday. The Gin Mill. (Jeff Hahne)


ASTRONAUTALIS This hip-hop, electronic, experimental hybrid cut his teeth and excelled as a battle rapper. It was when he started exploring country, shoegaze rock and talkin' blues that his current artistic juices started flowing. His interactive live show is described as a theatrical mix of performance art, stand-up, lecture and more. Mikal kHill & The Thoughtcriminals and Quantum Foundry open. $8-$12, The Milestone Club, (Mike McCray)


HOT RIZE Newgrass stalwarts since the very beginning, Hot Rize is probably best known for multi-instrumentalist Tim O'Brien (not the author of "Going After Caciatto" and "The Things They Carried"), who plays guitar, mandolin, and a slew of other stringed things with equal aplomb. Pete "Dr. Banjo" Werneck is no slouch, either. Named after a leavening ingredient in Martha White flours and cornmeals, Hot Rize is not averse to a little cornpone, either, often playing the theme song to the old "Martha White Biscuit and Cornbread Time" on Nashville's venerable WSM 650 AM and otherwise cracking wise when the spirit moves them. $22.50-$39.50, McGlohon Theatre, (Davis)


LOW SKY An intriguing outfit here meshing grunge, sludge and guitar manipulation into a swirl of controlled noise. Screamo vocals tap into the amps as well and become an integral part of the music. That's almost necessary as the guitar and bass do a lot of bloody screaming and booming themselves. Also on the bill are One Another and Joint Damage. $6-$8, The Milestone Club, (Shukla)

CHARLOTTE TAKES A STAND In September, two armed men tried to rob the band Parmalee after a gig in Rock Hill, S.C. Drummer Scott Thomas drew his own gun to defend the band and shots were fired. Thomas was hit three times. Both gunmen were shot, one of whom died at the scene. As Thomas recovers, his medical bills are adding up. More than 15 bands will perform during two benefit shows. $10. 5 p.m. Amos' Southend.; (Hahne)


ISRAEL DARLING Asheville-based Jacob Darden packs a wallop with his songcraft. It's poignant, concise and evokes a veteran songwriting disposition. He occasionally channels Dylan to be sure, the strumming and harmonica expose that evidence nicely, but he's got original chops as well. Israel Darling's recording Dinosaur Bones and Mechanical Hands is a fine collection of tunes with nary a weak track. With Love Colt and Chasing Pedestrians. $8, Tremont Music Hall, (Shukla)


VONNEGUTT Alternative is just a lazy way to describe this hip-hop/electronic band but Vonnegutt is working its way into becoming a household name. After rocking alongside Big Boi on "Follow Us" from his album, Sir Lucious Left Foot...Son of Chico Dusty, the group is proving to be more than just the white guys on his Purple Ribbon imprint. Rapper/singer Kyle Lucas already made waves earlier this year with his It's Always Sunny in Marietta mixtape. Runner Runner, 2AM Club and Good Day, Reflection are also on the bill. $8-$10, Tremont Music Hall, (McCray)


BILL HANNA JAZZ JAM This man is booked more often than Lindsay Lohan, and after listening to his tunes it's easy to see why. His formula is simple — pure, natural jazz. Forget all the fillers, sweeteners and additives. Bill Hanna serves up funky jazz on a platter with a side of the blues. The only thing you'll need is a stiff drink and a post-pleasure cigarette. $7-$10, Double Door Inn, (Debra Renee Seth)

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