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WEDNESDAY 7.10

Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers / O.A.R. -- The Marley brood, led by the effervescent Ziggy, released a splendid reggae-ska-blues record a couple years ago titled The Spirit of Music. The record is pretty much a return to Jamaican roots after years of releasing polished pop-reggae records, though Melody Makers' reggae is plenty authentic and can make a follower wistful to have such a seamless carryover of Bob Marley's legacy in a wholly original package. / O.A.R. (Of A Revolution) have the horns pumping and flavored with happy jams as well as a potent blend of reggae, pop and folk music (as showcased in their recent double live disc set Any Time Now). Both bands are a part of a slew of bands on two stages for the Jeep Outside World Festival. Also playing are Tonic, Doyle Bramhall, Maroon5, Silvercrush and more. Oh yeah, a gal named Sheryl Crow headlines the whole thing. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (Shukla)

THURSDAY 7.11

Britney Spears -- What do you want from me? She has, um, good songwriter types, well-versed in the crafting of pop hits. Her best song is a Pepsi commercial. She rocks the virgin/whore thing like no one in the history of pop culture. She broke up with Justin. She's a moderate actress, better than LL Cool J but not as good as Ice Cube. She's better than Christina, but Shakira is growing on me (oh, you wish). Charlotte Coliseum (Davis)

Candiria -- What at first sounds like average rap-metal evolves into music with much more depth. Candiria have the usual assortment of speedy riffage and gruff screamin' while mixing in tidbits of jazz (piano/horns) along with groove filled percussion. It's the jazzy breaks that give them plenty of flava while experimenting with their adopted instruments, weaving sound collages going in and out of the bombast. They are on the road promoting their own new label and double disc release named The C.O.M.A. Imprint. Tremont Music Hall (Shukla)

The Clarks / The Lost Trailers -- The Clarks' latest offering is Another Happy Ending (Razor & Tie), and it continues their agenda of hard pop-rock with salutes to Americana sentiments. They don't pull any punches live, instead putting on a robust rock show. / The Lost Trailers should warm things up with moody country-rock, filled with songs showcasing words as if coming from a potent short story writer. The young group holds the promise of a burgeoning career. Visulite Theatre (Shukla)

FRIDAY 7.12

Dave Matthews Band -- Man, what is the slobbering college frat boy to do? There's the idol of his girlfriend and apple of his eye, Britney, playing across town in the same week, and Dave (no surname necessary) at Verizon. Well, if he doesn't have tickets, he might want to check out Britney, as this show is sold out. And for good reason. He ain't hip, but the guy does write some tasty love songs with enough randiness to keep them from James Taylor territory. Not to mention his band, who, while sometimes stale in a studio setting, do give it their all live. With North Mississippi All-Stars. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (Davis)

SATURDAY 7.13

Down From the Mountain -- The phenomenal success of the soundtrack to the Coen Brothers' O Brother, Where Art Thou? thankfully snowballed into renewed interest in the roots music of America, including bluegrass, real country and soulful gospel. Alison Krauss & Union Station and Emmylou Harris are leading the tour of artists who contributed tracks to the soundtrack as well as the spin-off record Down From the Mountain (recorded live in Nashville). It doesn't get any better than this, as legendary Ralph Stanley, ace Ricky Skaggs, country chanteuse Patty Loveless and others gather for an evening of aforementioned music. Any of these artists are worth the price of admission individually, but to get the complete package is pretty amazing. Check downfromthemountain.com for a complete list of the stellar lineup. Samir's Gig of the Week. Cricket Arena (Shukla)

Lucero -- Ben Nichols' voice is an uncredited instrument in Lucero's musical arsenal, as the Memphis band plows a nice batch of rustic tunes on their new debut release. The tunes are proper companions for late night drinking and double for a soothing elixir to smooth the eventual hangover and its accompanying slow-moving day after. The Dickinson (Jim, aka Memphis Guitar Slim) clan helped the band with the gritty record, and the music world is all the better for it. Opening for Memphis Quick 50's CD release party. Mojo Restaurant & Spirits (Shukla)

Semi-Pro -- The new project from Tony James of the old band It Could Be Nothing, as well as some members of the defunct Kudzu Ganja (Jeff Floyd and Bryant Thomsen) and Sweet Banana (Jay Fernandez), Semi-Pro ought to be upgraded to at least AA ball. A Mudhoney/Queens of the Stone Age kick, a vocalist not afraid to sing, and a drummer that plays like there's a leftover M-80 in his bass drum -- what's not to like? With the family-friendly Dick Delicious and the Tasty Testicles, Strait to your Brain, and more. Fat City (Davis)

SUNDAY 7.14

Doug Hoekstra -- Nice Nashville singer-songwriter Hoekstra looks like he'd fit in with The Kinks, and for good reason. Not really a folkie, Hoekstra fills his story songs with hints of psychedelia and gospel, becoming more of an indie rocker a la someone like Will Oldham (second Oldham reference in two weeks) or a grain-fed Lou Barlow after a Johnny Cash jag. Unlike most guys attempting a similar style of music, Hoekstra can be quirky without seeming shallow or bored. Good stuff. The Evening Muse (Davis)

MONDAY 7.15

Jerry Cantrell -- Guitarist Jerry wrote some of the most memorable tunes of the defunct Alice in Chains. With the recent passing of AIC vocalist Layne Staley, Cantrell is the remaining creator-duo of the brooding Alice sound. Cantrell's new record, Degradation Trip (Roadrunner), could have been a new AIC record, as the haunting and lingering sound waves permeate the whole thing. Cantrell proved he's no fluke when he played in town a few months ago at CityFest Live; now, with a couple solo records under his belt, he continues the patented "guitars oozing out of the amps" sound while cementing his rep as a long-term player. Opening for Creed. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (Shukla)

TUESDAY 7.16

David Grisman -- A psycho-grass artist before it was cool, the mandolin-playing Grisman ("Dawg" to his fans and friends) has even spawned his own brand of grass, known simply as Dawg Music. Of course, he's about the only one who can play it. Mixing jazz and bluegrass with a touch of gospel and whatever else was around, Grisman not only beat jam bands to the punch, he was part of the influence, due to his work on the Grateful Dead's American Beauty and numerous other sessions with that band's leader, Jerry Garcia. Nowadays, you might see the old Dawg tooting around with Pete Rowan or Tony Rice or Ronnie McCoury, but he's rarely better than when he's by himself, patrolling the outlaw edge of bluegrass with a formidable bite. Neighborhood Theatre (Davis)

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