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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 23

Sick of it All Still pissed off after over two decades of spewing angst-loaded hardcore, this NYC posse grabs you by the balls and doesn't let go till the last body is peeled off the mosh pit floor. They've been on multiple labels, indie and major, but have never diluted their politically charged credo. Also on the bill: Madball, Death Before Dishonor, and Wisdom in Chains. Tremont Music hall (Samir Shukla)

SATURDAY, JAN. 26

The Grandsons Their lyrics are stitched with loads of wit and sarcasm. The music is a showcase of the American roots highway, mapping New Orleans R&B, country, swing, rockabilly, jazz and rock. The Grandsons have been performing together since 1986 where their ease of interplay and musicianship are like a cozy old sweater you never want to throw out. With Full Grown. Evening Muse (Shukla)

Freak Tent West Virginia's Freak Tent are a funk-rock trio instilling bits of jazz and hip-hop into their bouncy music. They aren't hard funk, as say the early Chili Peppers, but toss in some Zappa-styled wackiness to keep things interesting. The gents have been at it for some 15 years, and although they still remain under the radar, they seemingly play for the joy of creating music. Creatures of Space are also slated to play. Milestone (Shukla)

A Decent Animal The S.C.-coastal trio spent much of the last half-year nation-crossing with their new Charleston/Mt. Pleasant neighbor-buds Band of Horses, and the night-in, night-out action earned them plenty of converts – if merch sales and anticipation for the next release are accurate yardsticks. It also honed their stately space-folk sound: one part Meddle-era Floyd, one part Nick Cave-creepy, one part woodsy 16 Horsepower, all pretty damn impressive. With Sea of Cortez . Snug Harbor (John Schacht)

Legendary JCs This blues/funk/soul outfit out of Orlando transcends the usual musty-museum or aimless-noodling fare on the staid-blues/jam-band circuit, primarily via Eugene Snowden's huge voice, which can do Muddy Waters' down-and-dirty, Otis Redding's kinetic frenzy, or big-hearted Al Green gospel pretty impressively. The horn blasts, organ swells and syncopated rhythms are old school, too, but this ain't about breaking new ground, it's about delivering on a legacy and how much heat you can generate. And it's gonna get warm, folks. Double Door Inn (Schacht)

Prabir and the Substitutes Richmond-based Prabir Mehta is a true believer in the power of power pop, whether to warm the heart, salve a damaged one or tax one with intoxicants and loose women (or men, one supposes, depending on yr preference). That belief shows: There's nary a riff, chorus or even bridge, that doesn't sound like its engineered to pop out of your speakers, grab a beer and insinuate itself into your iPod, slapping backs with the likes of Eels, Sloan or OK Go. As an added bonus, he does the best riff-hand windmills since one Peter Townshend. With Illicitizen, Simple. Snug Harbor (Davis)

Paleface Uprooted New Yorker Paleface has always gotten by with a little help from his friends. The former Beck roomie and Daniel Johnston acolyte relocated in August to Concord thanks to an assist from Avett Brother Scott Avett, a musician he's collaborated with on two different Avett records (On Paleface's freak-funk-folk frolic "A Different Story," they ably return the favor.) Boasting a Waits-ian rasp ably paired with some lo-fi banjo picking owing equally to The Boggs as Dock Boggs, he's one to watch – even if he's now rocking the relatively anonymous Concord addy. With Ian Thomas. Sylvia Theatre, York. (Davis)

TUESDAY, JAN. 29

Matchbox 20, Alanis Morrisette, Mutemath It wasn't that long ago that MuteMath was playing at Amos' Southend, so it's a step up in venue from their last appearance in the fall. Shouldn't these guys be back in the studio already?! Alanis Morisette will no doubt be trying out some of the material from her upcoming CD, but one can only hope that she'll break into "My Humps" at some point during the set. Headliner Matchbox 20 is looking for a comeback and touring in support of a greatest hits disc released last year. Rob Thomas' solo career appears to be short-lived so, "We're getting the band back together!" Cricket Arena (Jeff Hahne)

Revolution Mother Mike Vallely is probably best known as a pro skater or for knocking the crap out of people – he released a DVD of some of his street fights. Add singer to the list. His band, Revolution Mother, played double sets at last year's Warped Tour and he's out to put his own stamp on the rock 'n roll genre. It's rock with a hard edge – reminds me of Black Flag at times – that would fit in just about any skate video. With Tiger Army and The Dear and Departed. Tremont Music Hall (Hahne)

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