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Bellglide Formed by former Laburnum bandmates Adam Roth, John Cates and Taylor Short, Bellglide fit into the whole Coldplay/Doves/Travis/ Spiritualized thing quite well. All three of the guys are accomplished players, as those who heard some pre-Bellglide instrumental open-mics can attest. They're joined by someone named Slappy, of whom I know nothing about. With a name like that, though, he can't be all bad. With First Night on Earth. Friday, Mojo. -- TD

David J The former Bauhaus and Love and Rockets bassist is playing a VH-1 Storytellers-type show at the 'Lite, featuring loads of past J. faves, the odd tune from his past bands, loads of candles and the inevitable black-clad throng. Flying under the radar, J. remains not only intriguing but relevant as well, producing tasteful, heartfelt work that deserves more ears. Saturday, Visulite Theatre. -- TD

The Derailers Austin natives The Derailers are sharply dressed men who purvey the "classic country" faithfully and timelessly while admirably avoiding the camp/retro aspect that goes along with other similar acts. This is achieved primarily through their songwriting, "meat and potatoes country" about relationships lost and gained, hard times, and the odd pickup truck/bar/farm implement. Check out a nifty article on the band in the new No Depression. Tuesday, Double Door. -- TD

The Disco Biscuits These Biscuits are pretty much uncategorizable as they swing from rock to techno, funky dance beats to jazzy classical music. The word is they write songs for a live show and then record them for a CD later, not the usual other way around, and things seem to work out nicely as they create a pure party atmosphere for the swaying masses. Monday, Tremont Music Hall. -- SS

First Night On Earth Ole Laburnum lead singer Wes Grasty has been recording and shaping the debut of FNOE, No One Knows Anything For Sure (Liquilab Records), and has come up with (alright, here goes the name dropping) a Spiritualized influenced record of moody, droney rock. Brit-pop has been Grasty's obvious leaning since the old days and this fine new record and band expand on that thought more so. Bloody cool. Friday, Mojo's. -- SS

Nasty Promotions Showcase Another bargain-priced heavy rock meltdown put on by the great Tracie Nasta and Nasty Promotions. The all-ages lineup here includes both veterans and up-and-comers, all of whom are worth a listen: The Scrubbies, Gonzalez, Jennifer Strip, Clout, Ultracyde, Ten Missing Days, Defusion, Sckapegoat, and more. Saturday, Tremont Music Hall. -- TD

North Mississippi Allstars The roots-boogie trio, featuring Cody Dickinson, Luther Dickinson (both sons of Memphis music legend Jim Dickinson) and Chris Chew, have a new album coming out in December, 51 Phantom. Great stuff, recommended for those into Jimbo Mathus or the Zippers; hell, even Jon Spencer -- though these guys have a much better birthright. Tuesday, Visulite. -- TD

The Red Clay Ramblers A fabulous long-running American music band from our fair state with a hot new record out. The Don Dixon produced Yonder, on which the big guy even plays bass on a couple tracks, shakes it all up and knits it back up for an oh-so-fine roots experience. The tales are woven with a genuine homespun twist and huge nods to old school hoedowns. These revivalists of Appalachian music should be more of a norm than an exception. Top recommendation. Saturday, Neighborhood Theatre. -- SS

Sponge They had a couple minor hits in the mid-90s and haven't been able to pick up steam since. That's too bad cuz they're not too bad. This "post grunge" outfit is quite a bit more polished and kicks in waves of dance flavors as they age. The crunchy, albeit average, beats have enough original licks to keep a loyal following. Maybe their miscalculation was trying to be too much like Stone Temple Pilots and Pearl Jam in the early days. Friday, Amos' Southend. -- SS

Thad Cockrell and the Starlite Country Band Part of the Chapel Hill/Raleigh alt.country scene that's probably only second now to Austin, TX, Cockrell and his Starlite Country Band mix the heavy vinyl of early pop with traditional country and bluegrass flourishes. Regional pop/roots legend Chris Stamey (ex-DBs) manned the control for Cockrell's new album, which ought to speak volumes of this guy's potential. Sort of a gospel-tinged Dwight Yoakum vocally, he just keeps getting better and better and has recently been receiving breathless lauds from the Brit press. Recommended. With Acme Anvil Company. Saturday, Puckett's Farm Equipment. -- TD

World Class Fad There's something about the timeless power of pop, with its hooks, melodies and humming guitars, that swirls around your brain long after the song has stopped playing. World Class Fad are one such outfit keeping the torch of power-pop alive and well in our neck of the woods. If you haven't seen these guys, or their previous incarnations, shame on you. Get out there and feel the music. With 4th Ward. Thursday, Double Door. -- SS*

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