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M83 Frenchman Anthony Gonzalez, the M83 braintrust, has come a long way since 2003's breakthrough, Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts. But whether that path from Eno + shoegaze soundscapes to this year's Saturdays=Youth is worth the journey depends on your tolerance for '80s synth pop like the Cocteau Twins or Mr. Mister. Personally, I find M83's five-year route includes too many wrong turns, and am more intrigued by touring mates School of Seven Bells, who would seem to have updated those sounds rather than recycled them. Tremont (John Schacht)


The Spinto Band Delaware's Spinto Band are about 10 years into Th' Game, but you'd be forgiven for not noticing, least up until about '06. After its song "Oh Mandy" got favorable buzz on the kind of radio stations that don't move records, they padded the pavement with the likes of Arctic Monkeys and Art Brut. Their newish Moonwink is a pleasant enough affair, chock-full of nutty hooks, syrupy melodies, spiky guitar and synth sass. Have you heard it all before? Of course. Does that mean it won't cause the kind of smile lines that native-stater Joe Biden keeps taking the 'tox for? Mmm-hmm. With The Sammies. Visulite Theatre (Timothy C. Davis)

Cedric Burnside & Lightnin' Malcolm Vocalist and drummer Cedric Burnside, blues legend R.L. Burnside's grandkid, and Mississippi blues guitarist Lightinin' Malcolm continue to propagate the hot Delta and hill country blues made famous by the elder Burnside. The duo's sparse guitar/drums fuse juke joint music firmly rooted in the Delta, but Burnside's power drumming is inlaid with funk and hip-hop. Make no mistake, though, the duo understands the blues and are on the road in support of the freshly released 2 Man Wrecking Crew. Double Door Inn (Samir Shukla)


Ala Muerte Queens native Bianca Bibiloni records under the Ala Muerte moniker, but don't expect anything remotely NYC-hipster from her excellent debut, Santa Elena (officially out Nov. 25). Bibiloni's songs highlight mood over structure, and opt for mystery over hooks in haunting, drone-y panoramas (drone-o-ramas?) that conjure elements of Raymond Raposa's Castanets, early Black Heart Procession, and Carla Bozulich's gentler side. Bibiloni is responsible for everything on the record, ranging from guitar and loops to viola and recorder, and the result is deliciously dark fare. Opening for Darsombra. Milestone (Schacht)


Admirals Club Ever wondered what would happen were you to cross Rob Zombie with Don Caballero? (No? C'mon good CLT folk – think outside o' the box!) Well, were you to stop queueing with all the other sheep, you'd find that these Nashville-based cupcakes, liberally sprinkled with a little cosmi-stoner pixiepunk dust – think Dave Wyndorf fronting 7 Seconds – are the sweet treat that's the answer to the Question Which Dare Not Be Asked. With The Trampskirts. Milestone (Davis)

The Lee Boys Miami's sacred steel gospel band the Lee Boys lay down a foundation of funk, blues, R&B and jazz and then mix in their uplifting gospel and spiritual music. The band is a family affair and the boys honed their early chops at church and then on the road at folk, blues and jazz festivals. Expect a sinewy combo of American music that is at once danceable and so darn hummable. Opening for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Neighborhood Theatre (Shukla)

Re-Rapture If you've been to any of the Nasty/Shane parties – or if you've always wanted to go – here's your last chance to party with the duo. It's going to be an '80s-themed party with Iron Cordoba covering '80s hits, The Knight Riders, the modern dance of Sarah and Bridget, DJ Torch of Purgatory fame, Mistress Collette and award-winning drag performer Starla. Now, how can you miss something like that? Visulite (Jeff Hahne)


Cobra Starship A side project of emo band Midtown's bassist and vocalist Gabe Saporta, Cobra Starship turned into a full-time project that's a wacky blend of new wave, boy band and electro-funk dance music. Layering their music with extra cheese(y) keyboards and '80s perky dance-pop, Cobra Starship churns out good time dance music toasting one-hit wonders from the past with nary a care in the world about bygone trends. With Forever the Sickest Kids, Hit the Lights and Sing it Loud. Tremont (Shukla)

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