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CL previews upcoming shows 

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 3

The Winter Sounds Formed originally as a frame of sorts for frontman/auteur Patrick Keenan, TWS have gelled into quite the live act (if quite the quiet act) over the past year or so, having done a whole mess of shows to promote 2007's underrated Porcelain Empire. Back in July of this year, Keenan and gang recorded a full-length, Church of the Haunted South, in Austin, Texas. No word on when it'll drop, but you can get your mitts on a new EP, which should be available come showtime. With Chops. Snug Harbor (Timothy C. Davis)

THURSDAY, SEPT. 4

Mystery of Two Not quite post-punk, not quite New Wave, this Cleveland trio nonetheless shares traits with both (angular guitar parts, occasional synth bleeps), but adds other components – Sonic Youth noise and Feelies guitar drive – to come up with something less derivative. Occasionally the embers ignite into conflagration, which is when the band rises above the rabble. With Yardwork, The Lights, Fluorescent and Bo Whites Ultimate Triumphants. Milestone (John Schacht)

Homebrew CD Release party Yep, we'll self-promote until the cows come home! Why? Because this is a great chance to hear a variety of live, local music (seven bands) for a cheap price ($3) and get a free CD with 12 local bands on it. There will be blues, hip-hop, rock ... a mixture of genres as bands such as The Lights, Fluorescent and Contagious Blues Band rock the place. Double Door at Lake Norman (Jeff Hahne)

Yarn The Brooklyn-based band Yarn's new CD, Empty Pockets, boasts more guest stars than your average (and they're all average, when you get down to it) Nelly record. What's more, none of them – Caitlin Cary (Tres Chicas, Whiskeytown), Edie Brickell, Tony Trischka (Bela Fleck) and Casey Driessen (Sparrow Quartet) – overwhelm singer Blake Christiana's forlorn ruminatin'. The music, as with all good honk, sounds worlds sunnier than the subject matter – heartbreak and heartache, predominately – proving yet again that a little bit of sugar makes even the harshest medicine go down easier. With David Stein and the Ravens, Kennebee. Tremont Music Hall (Davis)

FRIDAY, SEPT. 5

August Burns Red Louder-than-hell mofos play spastic metalcore and screamo with guitars blazing and drums pounding. Their latest recording, Messengers, is stacked with bone-rattling stop and go and stop and go again bombast that's musically adventurous yet pissed off enough to keep the mosh pit rolling. The multi-band gig also features A Skylit Drive, Sky Eats Airplane, Greely Estates and This or the Apocalypse. Amos' Southend (Samir Shukla)

Peace Jones Asheville's Peace Jones combine funk, prog-rock, jazz and folk into a happy-go-lucky musical trip that's as danceable as it is hummable. They are one of the few rock outfits that channel the mild-mannered flute as an accent to their giddy groove. The lyrics touch on message and social overtones. With Overstood. Double Door Inn (Shukla)

ZZ Top For just about 40 years, the Texas trio has been performing their own brand of Southern rock. They were inducted into the hall of fame in '04 and Billy Gibbons is probably under most people's "Best Guitarist" radar. A bit odd that they're paired up with Rodney Atkins and Brooks & Dunn this time around. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (Hahne)

SATURDAY, SEPT. 6

Rajan and Sajan Mishra The Mishra brothers are exponents of khayal singing of the legendary Benares gharana (style or system of music). They are in the upper rungs of Hindustani (North Indian classical) music. Along with the disciplined khayal vocals they also perform semi-classical bhajans and improvised modulations. The gents will have you in a trance within minutes and floating around the auditorium by the end of the show, which begins at 6:30 p.m. Overcash Performing Arts Center, CPCC (Shukla)

Hick'ry Hawkins If you're looking for some honkytonk, you can usually find it between the PBR-soaked walls of Puckett's. On this night, it's local Hick'ry Hawkins who will be soaking up the spirits in the room with his own brand of cowboy-hat-wearing, boot stomping music. To quote Hawkins, "It's a full-on evening with me and the band where we're gonna go E-Street Band marathon-style." Puckett's Farm Equipment (Hahne)

MONDAY, SEPT. 8

The Donkeys Yet another worthy entry from the ridiculously deep Jagjaguwar/Secretly Canadian/Dead Oceans labels stable, these San Diegans deliver sun-soaked folk-rock, forgoing the usual funereal indie rock inclinations of that too-temperate clime (think Blackheart Procession or Castanets). Instead, these lads sound cousin to acid-twangers like Beachwood Sparks (more twang, less psychedelia), and their gorgeous debut, Living On the Other Side, is all Indian summer melodies, sunset organ wash, and wistful Topanga Canyon shuffles. Come get your Pacific Ocean thang on. Thirsty Beaver (Schacht)

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