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THURSDAY, FEB. 21

Lori McKenna Currently touring in support of her major-label debut, Unglamorous, McKenna's got strong ties to the country world. She's toured with Trisha Yearwood, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill and on a label run by McGraw. The Massachusetts-born singer has the ability to stand on her own though – her album's getting a lot of praise from all types. McGlohon Theatre (Jeff Hahne)

FRIDAY, FEB. 22

Dropsonic Long-running Atlanta rockers are on the road pimping the freshly released new disc The Low Life. The classic trio set-up – guitars, drums and bass – has worked just dandy for Dropsonic, where chunky chops and heavy hooks spar with a musical camaraderie that's been holding steady for years. No studio tricks here, no fancy stage show, just kick-ass rock with a Southern twist. With Thunderlip and 2013 Wolves. The Milestone (Samir Shukla)

Sons of Bill This Charlottesville, Va., country-rock quintet has only been together for a couple of years but sound like they are veteran honky-tonk dwellers, able to rip open rockers as well as reflective ballads. The quintet is led by the three Wilson Brothers and joined by a bassist and drummer. Their diverse musical tastes, including a touch of gospel, and damn fine songwriting converge in this solid roots ensemble. Double Door Inn (Shukla)

The Radiators The New Orleans jam band have maintained a southern-rock appeal over their 30-year career. Their so-called "Fish Head Music" is a smooth blend of up-beat folk with hints of jazz, with gear-head Dave Malone dishing bluesy vocals. Last October, Radz Records re-issued five of their best albums including Bucket of Fish, New Dark Ages and Heat Generation. Visulite (Chey Scott)

Hot Vegas It's okay to peg them as a more rocking Coldplay or as an emo-touched U2. But the Charlotte-based quartet infuses an original vibe via a potent vocalist and steady rhythm section. Sure the band drenches its muse with heaping of rock influences from across the pond, but the gents don't let you forget they're a modern American rock band, either. Also on the bill this evening are The Stellas and Transmission Fields. Evening Muse (Shukla)

Buschovski Buschovski is local songwriter extraordinaire Todd Busch's latest creative incarnation, a big-band mix of folk ballads, metal, Bertolt Brecht, cobblestone streets and cloverleaf freeways, crooning, post-punk, and well, the usual Busch tropes of love and regret and the deterioration of the human condition. It's also beautiful as hell, and Busch might be one of the only people alive who could make it all work. Buschovski will be sharing the stage with L.A. Tool and Die, who are celebrating a CD Release Party. The band's 2004 release Fashion for the Evildoer was a keeper – if the new one's anything like it (knowing this bunch, it might not be at all – and I mean that in a good way), it's worth your time. Snug Harbor (Timothy C. Davis)

SATURDAY, FEB. 23

David Wilcox Western North Kack folkie Wilcox was referred to as the next James Taylor for most of the '90s, but for whatever reason – perhaps the fact that acoustic emotive music doesn't exactly crank out the breakout stars – he never quite got the cappuccino circuit coronation like, say, a Norah Jones. That said, his Nick Drake-y, felt-fingered style is more of an acquired taste anyway, and isn't the kind of thing to get folk singing along in unison at last call anyway. He's still a talent, however, no matter how beige and banal the trimmings: see his latest, Airstream, for a primer. McGlohon Theatre (Davis)

Sam Buck Rosen With the Calabi Yau gang circling the globe on their world tour and the Yauhaus on ice, Le Chalet hosts a four-pack of up-and-comers topped by the enigmatic Rosen. The Brooklynite calls himself a "dance revivalist" and his music "avant-reggae" or "tropical grunge," and sure enough it sounds like David Byrne or Brian Ferry fronting the Heptones or Upsetters. He's touring behind his latest, Hold Me, recently completed some NYC and Midwest dates opening for P-fork darlings Vampire Weekend, collaborates with Dirty Projectors and Nat Baldwin, and, well, you get where this is going ... With Black Congo, NC, and Apple Breakfast (solo debut of Dustin Payseur, ex-Stone Figs) and Such Mad Hope. Chalet 2000 (John Schacht)

TUESDAY, FEB. 26

Plain Jane Automobile Stacks of Brit band influences abound in this Orlando outfit's work where the driving melodicism is wrapped around a perky backbeat. But it's the guitars and the vocalist that shout props to contemporary elders such as Radiohead as well as the 90's shoegazer era. The music is moody and wintry, but the blokes don't forget to wrap a dance beat around several tracks to keep from falling into a somber hole. With Auto Vaughans and As Long as Today. Tremont Music Hall (Shukla)

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