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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 7

Galactic New Orleans funkateers Galactic have had a few vocalists over the years, but went back to their instrumental roots in 2004. Fast forward to 2007 and their latest release, From the Corner to the Block. The band has recruited a variety of lyricists to put their hip-hop spin on the jazz music. The result is funky, fresh and full of energy. The live show should be no different – they're bringing along Boots Riley of The Coup and Mr. Lif. With Lifesavas. Visulite (Hahne)

THURSDAY, NOV. 8

Don Caballero Instrumental math-rockers Don Caballero's foundation has always been Damon Che's drumming. The music is controlled and structured, i.e. math-rock, where the guitars and bass converge and roam into dark, desolate urban alleys. It all may sound chaotic to the novice listener, but those able to dive into the subtleties will be rewarded with therapeutic noise from one of the innovators of the genre. The band disbanded at the beginning of this century, but, thankfully, returned with last year's fine World Class Listening Problem. With Bullship and Caltrop. Milestone (Shukla)

Big City Reverie Raleigh's power pop quartet Big City Reverie have patiently etched out a fairly original sound since its inception in late 2004. Steady touring, performing and recording have obviously worked to their advantage, with a firm foothold in the North Carolina scene and now moving well beyond that. With Kirkley. Evening Muse (Shukla)

Tigers & Monkeys Shonali Bhowmik fronts this NYC-by-way-of-Atlanta/ Gainesville/ Nashville six-piece, whose infectious 2007 debut straddles both sonic sides of the Mason-Dixon. Bhowmik (ex-Ultrababyfat) pens the songs, growling out well-written survivor tales in a cross between Carla Bozulich (circa the Geraldine Fibbers) and Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker. The ridiculously catchy title track from their debut, Loose Mouth, is a prime example of the band's danceable North-South mash-up: strains of early R.E.M., Superchunk and Fetchin' Bones fired with Ramones punk and Feelies' choogle. The featured act at Scott Weaver's Shiprocked night. Snug Harbor (Schacht)

FRIDAY, NOV. 9

Fishbone Over two decades of spastic and ultra-energetic live gigs hasn't slowed down this outfit. Fishbone return after a six-year break with the new album Still Stuck in Your Throat, which is about as raw and rollicking as their earlier ska, reggae, funk and punk-induced recordings. Only two founding members, Angelo Moore (vocals, horns) and Norwood Fisher (bass), remain, but the bone can still blow the roof off the joint. With Slightly Stoopid and the Super Villains. Amos' Southend (Shukla)

Helmet Guitarist/vocalist Page Hamilton further resuscitated the stop-go metal pioneers Helmet with last year's recording Monochrome, the 2nd album after they broke up back in 1997 and returned in 2004. The album is a throwback to their indie rock roots with guitars blazing, twirling and making sudden stops and spurts. Don't forget the neck brace. Also on the bill: Burning Brides and Totimoshi. Visulite (Shukla)

Two Dollar Pistols When you just gotta get yer honky tonk on, there are few who fit the bill better than John Howie Jr.'s twangy Triangle outfit. Howie's George Jones/Faron Young baritone seems dialed down even a further octave, but it's the perfect vehicle for these timeless takes on the fickle twists and turns of love and friendship. Guitarist Scott McCall is his usual beastly self on the Pistols' latest, Here Tomorrow, Gone Today, tossing off flat-picking licks like the offspring of Clarence White. With Eilen Jewel at the late show. Evening Muse (Schacht)

Cue Mention instrumental rock outfits from Texas these days and most folks'll assume you're talking Explosions in the Sky. But as somebody recently put it to me, there's more to musical drama than just stomping on a delay pedal, and that's something this Austin quartet implicitly gets. Putting as much emphasis on violin and piano as the mountains of guitar squall, Cue's dynamics are more nuanced and ethereal, recalling Godspeed! or Japancakes (minus the pedal steel) more than EITS or Mogwai. Their new record, Wedding Song, is a flat-out delight. Opening for Captured! By Robots. Milestone (Schacht)

SATURDAY, NOV. 10

Porter Batiste Stoltz George Porter, Jr., Russell Batiste, Jr., and Brian Stoltz are one of the best rhythm back-up foundations ever. Period. As three fourths of the legendary New Orleans funksters the Funky Meters, PBS helped write key chapters in the book of Crescent City music. The trio emerged from the background over the last few years and creates sinewy vibes that continues to define music from that coolest of all American cities. Essential listening. Double Door Inn (Shukla)

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