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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 27

Barton Carroll The Lost One, the latest from this N.C.-bred Seattle transplant and ex-member of Crooked Fingers, is a rumination on loneliness, particularly of the post-relationship, what-the-hell-just-happened variety. Carroll is reminiscent of early Freedy Johnston, but what raises his wistful narratives, folk twang and the occasional raging rocker above the usual broken-heart-by-numbers fare is the inner battle between revenge-seeking lothario and the lost, broken man that's played out over the record. A clever songwriter who deserves a much bigger audience. With the Young Sons, featuring ex-members of The Talk and Stone Figs. Snug Harbor (John Schacht)

THURSDAY, FEB. 28

George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic  I once interviewed George Clinton, and asked him when he saw himself giving up the funk. His reply? "That's like asking me when I'm gonna give up the pussy — I
don't even want to conceive of a world like that." Word. The good Mr.
Clinton, he of the coif of many colors, isn't quite the singer he once
was, if he ever was (a singer, that is). This ain't the full 70s
P-funk, mind you, but George has, thanks to the jam band circuit,
comfortably settled into a pretty good third act (and ninth life, if
his drug history's any indication) of his musical journey traveling
about incoherently screaming in front of 20-somethings all night long
— the audience and his band. Bet on the jive Joseph to still break it
off a little sum-sumptin', tho. Neighborhood Theatre (Davis)

FRIDAY, FEB. 29

Café Accordion Here's how you make accordion cool. Dan Newton and his cohorts pump old-world aura of that quirky instrument into spy movie backdrops, French bistro tunes, rearranged film scores and nuevo tango, all with a sinewy contemporary touch. These Minnesotan gypsies add a few stitches of Middle Eastern fibers into the sparse yet warm sound with accordion, mandolin and acoustic guitar. There's hope for that little pump organ, yet. With Brett Harris. Evening Muse (Samir Shukla)

Les Claypool The bass master may not have a happy monicker behind him this time (Flying Frog Brigade, Holy Mackerel, etc.), but his hand-y work transcends any name you slap on him outside of Primus. He's bound to play a bevy of his solo stuff and slap those strings till the cows come home. Neighborhood Theatre (Jeff Hahne)

Gigi Dover and Big Love Dover's newest – appropriately titled Nouveau – was recorded with Alabama-based producing and songwriting legend Dan Penn (co-penner of "Dark End of the Street" and "Do Right Woman," among other songs). Conceived in her own home studio, Blue Bubble, Nouveau continues Dover's artistic ascent from alt.country hot mama to a funkier take on Dusty Springfield, as interpreted by Christine McVie. While not strictly a country crooner anymore, Dover still has more than enough native North Carolinian in her that you never doubt the Southland-schooled genesis of her good-time rhymes. It might not be the most native of dishes, but rest assured, there's always Dover Soul on the menu when Big Love takes the stage. Under the Grape (Davis)

Folklore Jimmy Hughes, guitarist for Athens, Ga.'s Elf Power, leads the pop-rock crew Folklore. His darkly-crafted ditties, oft recorded with different singers on each track, are a fine collection of jaunty, mood-infused, psychedelia-tinged pop music. Last year's limited release disc The Ghost Of H.W. Beaverman is now properly released and the band is touring the newest recording Carpenter's Falls, which is available on a limited release basis. Also on the bill are L.A. Tool & Die and Adam Thorn. Milestone (Shukla)

SUNDAY, MARCH 2

Kinky The five-member band from sunny Monterrey, Mexico, formed in the late '90s as a trio. They later added bass and drums for a full-on band that takes cues from Latin music as well as pop, rock, dance and techno. Corky and radio-ready, their hybrid of genres is certainly no rock en espanol or Latin rock, but rather a New Wavish concoction that's reliably funky and danceable. With BoomBox and Eva Fina. Neighborhood Theatre (Shukla)

Puddle of Mudd POM brings fun back to rock music. Their energetic post-grunge attitude took their first major-label release Come Clean worldwide, and Famous will likely follow suit with the single "Psycho." The new line-up brings big city intensity to the always humorous, Kansas-born singer Wes Scantlin, and he hasn't lost any edge as the only original member dating back to 1993. Last summer, he found the time to drop trau for the crowd at Verizon Wireless. Neuroscience and Tyler Reid will open. Tremont Music Hall (Chey Scott)

TUESDAY, MARCH 4

The Wailers Band Bob Marley's name has been both boon and albatross for one of reggae's longest-running acts, but the Wailers have been operating long enough to generate their own legacy, much of it played out in court: bassist extraordinaire Aston "Family Man" Barrett sued Island for 60 million quid in 2006 (and lost), and a recent copyright lawsuit by a Seattle-based rock band named The Wailers – formed in 1959, prior to Marley's Wailers – was also recently dismissed. Still, if Bob's big hits float your reggae boat, the Wailers can deliver their backbone, at least. With Trevor Hall and Passafire. Amos' Southend (Schacht)

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