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Morglbl Fans of farty, fretless basses and brightly-colored, technically-perfect guitars (and the riffs they manufacture) will love them some Morglbl. (I'm not sure how the band pronounces the name – they're all French – but I like to think of it as "more-gurble.") There's a hint of Primus in the six-string bass thwump, and the guitar speaks of many days sitting on the Seine transcribing Allan Holdsworth and Steve Vai riffs. With Sally Jaye & Louis Ledford (early show); Morglbl, along with Scott Smith, plays the later time slot. The Evening Muse (Timothy C. Davis)


Don Dixon & the Jump Rabbits The former Arrogance bassist and singer is no stranger to these parts, having both played (with Arrogance, and with wife Marti Jones) and recorded others (R.E.M., Snagglepuss). Two of the man's records belong in any album collection worth its salt – the delightfully named Most Of The Girls Like To Dance But Only Some Of the Boys Like To and Romeo At Juilliard. Dixon the musician is much like Dixon the producer – not afraid to take chances, either with instrument choice or musical direction, even if it means changing his mind mid-song. Along with the Jump Rabbits – local legend Jamie Hoover of The Spongetones and percussionist non pareil Jim Brock – Dixon's touring on the strength of a brand new disc called Nu-Look, which should be out now. The Evening Muse (Davis)


The Infamous Stringdusters It's no wonder their first record, 2007's Fork in the Road, was named Album of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association. The sextet composes traditional bluegrass that's also freewheeling and jam friendly. The combo is now on the road showcasing their fab self-titled sophomore release set to hit the streets this week. The disc is old-timey bluegrass that's gelled through the band's non-stop touring and freeform jamming. Visulite (Samir Shukla)

Benji Hughes A lot of Charlotteans have been waiting years to hear recorded music from the Hirsute One with the golden voice and impeccable melodies, and that day has nearly arrived as indie label New West gets set to release Hughes' double disc (!) debut, A Love Extreme, this July. Chockablock with Hughes' witty narratives and love songs it takes a crowbar to the head to forget, the records will be translated live this night by some of the same L.A. musicians who put it to tape and are now supporting Hughes' opening slot on the Rilo Kiley tour. Take this as hyperbole at your own risk, but this is likely to go down as the Summer of Benji. With Bullship. Snug Harbor (John Schacht)

Tantric The band formed around the turn of the century when three members of Days of the New joined forces with Merge singer Hugo Ferreira. Their debut went platinum, thanks to the single "Breakdown," but over the years, the Days guys headed elsewhere. Now, Ferreira has formed a new band, still going under the same name and releasing a new album, The End Begins, in April. Performing at the 106.5 Birthday Bash with Sponge, Aiden and Honey Honey. Amos' Southend (Jeff Hahne)


They Might Be Giants I'm not sure the band will ever release anything as good as their 1990 album, Flood, but it's not like they've lost their sense of humor. They've got a song about James K. Polk, after all ... Recently, they've leaned more toward recording successful children's albums – Here Come the 123s was released in February. I'm sure the two Johns will play a little bit of everything this night, maybe even that Malcolm in the Middle themesong. Visulite (Hahne)


Birthday Suits This barebones duo – drums and guitars – is a remnant of the equally energetic and now defunct quintet Sweet J.A.P. The Minneapolis-based punk and junk duo pound out a garagey racket that's never short on energy. Guitarist Hideo Takahashi's rambunctious playing and bouncing doesn't stop till the blokes hit the last note. They prove that battered guitars and drums are sometimes all that's needed. With Toothache, The Have and the Havenots and Erika Blatnik. Milestone (Shukla)


The Cure The perennial dance club favorites of the '80s and '90s are now going on 30-plus years of an intoxicating musical swirl of Brit glam, dance and new wave accented by guitarist/lead singer Robert Smith's often bittersweet lyrics and moody guitar. The Cure birthed in the late '70s, but took a more danceable approach over their punk contemporaries. Dated, maybe, but the Cure remains relevant in the contemporary landscape. Their new disc, the as yet untitled 13th studio album, is slated for release in mid-September. 65daysofstatic will warm up the crowd. Bobcats Arena (Shukla)


Neighbor's Acres This regional bluegrass and roots outfit, lodged in Rock Hill, S.C., are quite able when it comes to traditional roots music and are a welcome addition to the area. The seven-piece ensemble obviously knows their old-school hill music, and is contemporary enough to mix in funky covers to keep even diverse crowds dancing. They have a self-titled disc, stocked with progressive and trad bluegrass, under their belts. Double Door Inn (Shukla)

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