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Bullship Minimal and distilled from guitars, drums and bass, Bullship's math rock invents new formulas and associated genres along with them. There's dissonance, but not the tidal wave of feedback variety, rather just enough weirdness to wonder where the heck the sound is coming from. The Charlotte trio is working on a recording that's slated to be released in February. Benji Hughes will open. Double Door Inn (Samir Shukla)


Lindy Dobbins & the Red Velvet Manx The Charlotte native is armed with a powerful voice reminiscent of Ani DiFranco, but her trio's debut – Power of One – leans toward more straight-ahead guitar rock like The Black Crowes and Melissa Etheridge, two of Dobbins' stated influences. It's not particularly inventive or unique, but there's no doubting the sincerity and passion of Dobbins' originals. With The Lights, Flourescent. Evening Muse (John Schacht)

Drivin' & Cryin' These guys have been around for more than 20 years, though I think a lot of that longevity has been based on the singles "Straight to Hell" and "Fly Me Courageous." Seriously, I don't know what happened more in college – those songs being played at parties or people passing out at those same parties. The band hasn't released much in recent years – a live album in '99, a greatest hits collection in 2000 and an EP in 2003. Singer Kevn Kinney has been spending a lot of time on the solo side of things. Can someone lend his first name an 'i'? Amos' Southend (Jeff Hahne)

Blue Dogs The Blue Dogs aren't going to blow you away with their musicianship, necessarily, but the band does manage to rollick along rather pleasantly, knowing that mid-tempo doesn't have to mean Hootie. Bobby Houck and Co. do a nice job of consistently evoking the Carolina landscape without resorting to faux country tropes, and the whole thing really swings after a couple cold ones: rhythm and brews, perhaps. The Neighborhood Theatre (Timothy C. Davis)


Possum Jenkins Band Boone, N.C. quartet plays old-school country music with plenty of blues and rock poking through the twang. Possum Jenkins Band's country-rock seems natural on a comfy front porch as it is in smoky gin joints where the members swap instruments as easily as changing shirts. Expect to hear most of the tracks from their recent 7-song recording On Time. Puckett's Farm Equipment (Shukla)

Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band It might sound like the name of a cover band, but these guys play their own brand of original funk. The seven-piece band, who calls Asheville home, is out promoting their debut disc, Now You Know. They're sure to get your body grooving – with four years of live show experience coming through in their performance. Neighborhood Theatre (Hahne)

Two Man Gentlemen Band TMGB are a pair of snappily dressed gentlemen playing oh-so witty and spunky old-time, ultra-retro string music with the aid of banjo and stand-up bass. The duo's ear for classic hobo, jug-band and roadside "throw a dollar in the hat" strumming is richly apparent in their narratives. Hey, throw in a pair of kazoos and the fun never ends. Also on the bill are Special Ed & the Shortbus. Evening Muse (Shukla)


Coke Bust More than likely it's the proximity to the corridors of power and corruption that has made the Washington, D.C. hard-core scene so fertile over the years; The contrast with the city's homeless and poor just begs a loud FU, and D.C. bands have delivered since the Minor Threat, Bad Brains, and Dischord start-up days. Hailing from the straightedge corner of the scene (their record's called Fuck Bar Culture), Coke Bust fit the bill: pissed-off supersonic-speed hailstorms delivered with unflinching conviction. With Sick Fix, Blank Stare, Harms Way, and Atom Age. Lunchbox Records (Schacht)


Lou Ford/American Aquarium Punks, fans, and glam rockers alike have been known to set aside their differences long enough to catch a Lou show. Why? Well, they have musical respect, even from the fickle scenester folk who prefer to spend their time constructing barbs instead of barre chords. Lyrical content focuses heavily on the ebb and flow of personal relationships (including with ourselves) and of the Sisyphus-like existence most of us south of “middle-class” recognize as Our Life. If you’ve never seen them, do yourself a favor. If you have seen them, well, do yourself a favor too. As you can probably guess by the Wilco-cribbing name, American Aquarium play a sort of college rock-inspired take on country rock (whatever that is). The overall lyrical reach isn’t wide-ranging — small towns, claustrophobic relationships — but frontman B.J. Barham’s at his best when he inhabits that smallest (and most infinite) of worlds, the one inside his own noggin. Snug Harbor (Davis)

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