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THURSDAY, JAN. 17

Days of the New Days of the New's head day keeper, Travis Meeks, likes to name his records like early Led Zeppelin – merely add a I, II, III, or IV after the band name, perhaps change the color of the cover art, and voila. Problem is, he also doesn't usually change much about the music, a muddy (Puddle of Mudd-y?), Seether-ing mess of post-grunge (doesn't "post-" usually mean you've added something to a style?) owing more to Nickelback than relaxing with a nickel bag like most of your grunger first-wavers. And yes, New-bies, DOTN were out before the ever-popular Canuck quartet, but that's like being the first baby in the ward to poop its pants. Amos' Southend (Timothy C. Davis)

FRIDAY, JAN. 18

Bobby Lee Rodgers and the Code Talkers Rodgers and crew play Southern rock tipping the hat to the Allmans with the songcraft of Creedence Clearwater Revival blended in for good measure. The Savannah-based trio is as much a jazz-rock band and inlays a touch of blues to make music that rolls into straight jam-based rock. It's Rodgers' thick vocals and steady guitar playing that keeps things interesting. Double Door Inn (Samir Shukla)

Catie Curtis What the hell is in the water up there in Boston that they turn out so damn many acoustic folk artists? Curtis comes from a long line of Boston acousticians, but offers up a more clear-eyed, sober vibe than someone like pal Dar Williams. Her newest one's called Long Night Moon, and while not as straightforward as 2001's My Shirt Looks Good On You or 2004's Dreaming in Romance Languages, it's still a good fit for those looking for coffee-rock with a little consciousness-raising stir. Visulite Theatre (Davis)

Transmission Fields The Transmission Fields' mood-laden, echo-harnessed, harmony-laced and melody-tinged power pop has been evolving nicely over the past year. The Charlotte collective's music gels like they are long-running veterans, as exhibited by the quartet's loosely-wound yet strong 8-track debut Words, Numbers, and Phonetic Sounds released last fall. The Evening Muse (Shukla)

SATURDAY, JAN. 19

The Lights, Fluorescent CD Release One of Charlotte's more intriguing musical misfits, The Lights, Fluorescent is a female-fronted band that's got the spunky vocalist Erika Blatnik spewing words and showcasing herself as a star in the making. Well, you decide, as the quintet is releasing its debut recording Neoteny this evening. Also on the bill are Young Tom Fury and Harvard. Milestone (Shukla)

Chris Brown, Bow Wow, Soulja Boy, Sean Kingston, Lil Mama It's a collective of some of the hottest hits on radio at this point. Brown's still doing his pop/R&B music and dancing like the heir to the King of Pop's throne; Bow Wow is "all growns up" and out of the shadow of Snoop Dogg; Soulja Boy will "Crank That"; Sean Kingston will have his eye on the "Beautiful Girls" and Lil Mama's all about the "Lip Gloss." Expect a lot of people waiting around for the hit single. Cricket Arena (Jeff Hahne)

The Pendletons Maybe the first thing to note about this Athens quartet is that they're not remotely reminiscent of any of their town's icons. There's no nervous jangle, nu-wave beehive or off-kilter indie in their songs, which generally split the difference between twang rock, power pop, and garage blues to emerge with something distinct and intoxicating. Last year's Oh, Me! earned worthy kudos, but it's their drunken, booty-shaking live shows that may leave the most lasting impression. With the "Pearl" tribute to Janis Joplin, featuring Nitehawk. Snug Harbor (John Schacht)

SUNDAY, JAN. 20

Benefit for Mary Lawing Probably no one group of people knows the No Insurance Blues better than musicians, so this benefit for local graphic designer Lawing – who recently suffered a stroke and isn't covered – should be long on empathy. The $5 cover goes to her bills, and raffles for donated artwork, salon services, clothing and tattoos should put at least a partial dent in those bills. Oh, did we mention the rock? Featuring Black Lagoon, the Poontanglers, Babyshaker, Aqualads, Red Limo, Men of Leisure, Parodi Kings and DJ Andy Kastansas. Snug Harbor (Schacht)

Wu-Tang Clan The fact RZA produced much of the group's new album, 8 Diagrams, but isn't on the tour – they aren't doing songs from the album either – doesn't speak well for the future of the legendary hip-hop collective. What you'll get are the classics from the past, straight up performances by some of the best in the game and, no doubt, some kind of tribute to ODB. Amos' Southend (Hahne)

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