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WEDNESDAY, JULY 9

Sci Fi CD Release The jazz trio from Wilmington, N.C., embeds splashes, not droplets, of dub, blues, funk, psychedelics and Latin beats into its improvised, yet highly cohesive fusion. Their idea of a musical evening is to loosen boundaries and fling open musical borders while forging a signature vibe. The trio is touring in celebration of their new self-titled CD. Cheers. With Chinese Finger Puppets. Double Door Inn (Samir Shukla)

THURSDAY, JULY 10

Hed PE They've changed names (or at least the spelling of their name) numerous times, and you can't really blame them. Along with like-minded hedz like Kottonmouth Kings, they're among the last bands standing from the late '90s/early '00s rap metal "renaissance," holding it down for those who want their cake and to eat it (with a healthy dose of gang smoke, bad rap beats, and Sublime-y ridiculous, SoCal-centric keepin' it real lyricism) too. To be fair, they're amongst the cream of their particular genre's crop, but that's reaping an increasing fallow field. With Dirtball and Potluck. Amos' Southend (Timothy C. Davis)

Imaad Wasif and Two Part Beast Wasif's band résumé includes, Alaska!, The New Folk Implosion and touring stints with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Tonight the L.A.-based mood rocker, vocalist and guitarist leads this sparse trio into subtle and flowing rock music. The gents are crisscrossing the country touring in support of the recent release Strange Hexes. The Two Part Beast is Bobb Bruno (bass) and Adam Garcia (drums). With Coma League. Milestone (Shukla)

FRIDAY, JULY 11

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers For three decades now, Tom Petty has been as reliable an American songwriter as anyone you care to mention, Leonard Cohen, Stevie Wonder and Bruce Springsteen included. He started out being lumped in with the punk/new wave crowd, became post-punk, became an MTV staple, became a solo artist and then became an elder statesman – all while still retaining credibility with all the above-named camps. Don't believe me? Go see his live show, whose audience features equal parts septum-pierced, septuagenarians and soccer moms. With Steve Winwood. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (Davis)

Nicolette Emmanuelle A gifted pianist and cellist, Emmanuelle's celebrating the release of her ASC grant-funded debut, Pinafore; the music residing somewhere between PJ Harvey's smoldering heat and Kate Bush's (early) off-kilter cool. Recorded by Jim Payseur of Lotus Studio, the ten songs also feature Laura Witkowski on drums and Molly J. Brown playing tuba, though the live band this evening will be comprised of David Kim (drums), Brent Bagwell (sax) and Brown (trombone and tuba) filling in the cello parts. With Buschovski. Snug Harbor (John Schacht)

The New Familiars What better way to give something back to your fans than to offer up a free show? TNF are doing just that. They recently released a vinyl single with a stunning cover of "My Girl" and their infectious Americana will get your feet moving in no time. Get there early; these guys have a dedicated fanbase. American Aquarium and Horse Ghost. Neighborhood Theatre (Jeff Hahne)

SATURDAY, JULY 12

Glen Phillips Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Phillips, once known as the frontman for alterna-popsters Toad the Wet Sprocket, has been releasing finely honed solo records ever since his day-band broke up back in 1998. Phillips' writing and playing are continually evolving into better and better compositions. Sprocket may have been written off as alterna light, but Phillips is certainly no hack or has been. His new recording is Secrets of the New Explorers. With Antje Duvekot. Evening Muse (Shukla)

MONDAY, JULY 14

Vans Warped Tour It would take the rest of this page to list all of the bands playing at this year's Warped Tour, but here are a few that you'll catch: Aside from The Pink Spiders and Against Me!, who have both been featured in this section recently (and today), you'll get Angels and Airwaves (featuring former Blink-182-er Tom DeLonge), Katy Perry (CD reviewed this week), Cobra Starship, Alesana, Every Time I Die, Family Force 5, Gym Class Heroes, Norma Jean, Reel Big Fish, Story of the Year, The Bronx and a whole helluva lot more. It's a long hot day, but you can always pass the time counting facial piercings on all the kids. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (Hahne)

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