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Saturday, Jan. 5

Guy Forsyth Band Forsyth has been haunting Austin's pubs for a couple of decades, making blues-infused folk and roots music. He's not a straight blues guy but one that uses the genre as a foundation for his music that's played with gospel-like vocals and chorus. The singer-songwriter adds harp and saw to the palate, further fueling sharp, acoustically-tinged songs like "Heart-shaped Hole." The Evening Muse (Samir Shukla)

Colossus This posse from Raleigh plays hard punk and metal on the scruffy, indie tip. Mix one-part '70s metal with an equal part psychedelics hovering around for the effect, but the good news is the blokes are contemporary and don't just regurgitate their influences. It's nicely raw and rough around the edges. Also on the bill are Left with Ashes and Boolow. Milestone (Shukla)

Sky Eats Airplane Yeah, it's one of the cooler band names I've heard in a while. The combo of growled and sung vocals adds a twist to this Texas-based metalcore band. Describing themselves as Nintendo metal, the band kicks off songs with electronic bleeps and burps and then lets the guitars do the talking. It gets a bit repetitive, though. Could use a few more bleeps and burps, boys? With A Hero A Fake. Tremont Music Hall (Shukla)

Jew(s) and Catholic(s) Opting for a band-name this fraught with historic tension – Spanish Inquisition, anyone? – suggests a certain amount of musical dynamism, and this promising Triad band delivers a pleasingly uneasy blend of dark rich melodies, jagged rhythms and pulsing tempos. You might think the duo – Alanna Meltzer (upright bass) and Eddie Garcia (guitar, sequencing, vocals) – wouldn't generate that much heat, but their debut God's Trash sounds like Sonic Youth leavened with Swervedriver, with Meltzer's bowed bass providing textures for Garcia to embellish or rend. It stops short of Sunni vs. Shiite dissonance, but then maybe we've all had enough chaos for now. With Silent Weapons. Snug Harbor (John Schacht)

Organ Donors This Baltimore-based trio forms part of the fertile Human Conduct collective/label and are touring on the back of Vincent, the second installment in their Brain Trilogy following Famine's My Middle Name. The music is suitably cinematic, synth and keys crafting ambient moods in spacey instrumental interludes or slightly askew pop songs. With Capillary Action, Livinhopin, Calabi Yau @ Yauhaus (Schacht)

The Bo-Stevens The honkytonkers from Winston-Salem pack a powerful punch and can get the whole joint jumpin' with their country and rockabilly stylings. Stand-up bass, steel pedal guitar and personality go a long way – especially when you have the tunes to back them up. They're playing in support of their latest effort, A Little More Road. They've weathered the storm of a few minor lineup changes on the bass and drums, but it's only made them stronger. Goes well with PBR. Pucketts (Jeff Hahne)

Tinsley Ellis A modern master of tone, Ellis' considerable six-string voice gains even more experience by the year (month/week/show). Whether picking a rolling shuffle, gospel-tinged house rocker, or some good ol' Chicago-style blues, Ellis delivers. His most recent release, Live! Highwayman is more of the same: a slice of life delivered with a workingman's ethic and an artist's eye. No one's going to confuse him with Muddy Waters (or even Mike Bloomfield) anytime soon, but as far as beer-sale-boostin' bar stars go, Ellis is among the brightest. Neighborhood Theatre (Timothy C. Davis)


Sunday, Jan. 6

The Stellas The Rock Hill/Charlotte-based band do the power-alt-pop thing with agreeable enough aplomb for a power trio. Consisting of bass player Josh Knight, vocalist/guitarist Adam Middleton and drummer Jacob Worden, the Weezer-worshipping trip(py)tych also seem to have cut their teeth on a solid stack vintage vinyl from the likes of The Kinks, The Zombies, and The Hollies, with a little Cobain and The Cars thrown in for roughage. The Milestone (Davis)

Simplified It's not too easy to describe Simplified's music – maybe that's why they chose the name? It's simplified only in its mood – the kind of music to sit back on a front porch and have a drink with some friends. Laid-back, but not without talent, the band's covers of Jack Johnson fit right in with the originals. Their covers aren't common, so you have to listen hard to distinguish between originals and the others. They're releasing their next album at the end of the month at the Visulite. Mac's Speed Shop (Hahne)

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