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Scott Miller & the Commonwealth -- The ex V-Roy guitarist is on the road showcasing his new disc, Upside Downside (Sugarhill). This time around he's got a sack full of roots related tunes including, southern boogie, rockabilly, and of course plenty of country-rockers with the requisite ballad(s) keeping the whole thing together. It's all highlighted by a ripping bluegrass cut called "Ciderville Saturday Night." Double Door Inn (Shukla)

Woodenhead -- Proof here that all prog/fusion rock need not be an ungrounded wankfest. Jimmy Robinson and company always invite a few oddballs to the musical party -- some wah trombone, perhaps, or the odd Celtic touch -- but this is a NOLA band at heart, just spicy enough to get the endorphins going. Their newest, Perseverance, is a fine document of what the band can do live -- imagine Robert Fripp playing with The Dixie Dregs, perhaps, with a surprise appearance by the Horny Horns. The Room (Davis)


Commander Cody -- OK, tell the drunk up front to stop yelling "Hot Rod Lincoln!" Of course they still play the old hit from 30 years ago, but you're gonna have to let off steam with Cody's versions of roots and novelty tunes till then. Since the days of Haight-Ashbury's glory in San Francisco, Commander Cody has been plugging his own take on country-blues, jug band music, New Orleans shuffles and western swing. Cody and his Airmen manage to keep the nostalgia fresh while giving contemporary roots outfits a run for their money with covers running the gamut of the rock era, and sliding into home plate with their own string of hits. Amos' Southend (Shukla)

The Dappled Grays Trio -- Sure, shake a tree these days and a bluegrass outfit falls out, but along with all the crap hitting the dirt, occasionally some interesting foliage floats along. Atlanta's Dappled Grays are one such traditional bluegrass gem that tour as either a quintet or trio. This evening it's the trio making an appearance but don't expect a diluted version, just a tighter pared-down one showcasing sweet, supple sounds rooted deep in the grass. Fat City (Shukla)

Dr. Dan -- This is jazzy funk that's contemporary with eclecticism that's not left behind in the rehearsal room. Plenty of pyrotechnics on the keyboards and the jazz drums keep the vibe lit as Dan and cohorts cut grooves wound around shimmying analog synthesizers and vintage keyboards including organ and pianos. Funk-jazz instrumentals abound and an occasional R&B nugget is thrown in for giggles. The Room (Shukla)


The Goldenrods / Todd Busch -- Benji Hughes and the Rods have a satchel full of new tunes to unleash at this show, all of which fit rather seamlessly with the other laid-back nuggets in the band's songbook. No word yet on when you might be able to get your hands on it in CD form -- hell, come to think of it, they probably have a double CD's worth of songs by this point. There's nary a bad apple in the bunch, however. / Appearing with the Rods is none other than Todd Busch (ex-Flyweb), who, along with Hughes, is probably one of the better songwriters we've ever had in this town. Ever? Forever-ever? Ever. The Steeple Lounge (Davis)

Jonathan Byrd -- North Carolinian Byrd has a guitar strumming technique that may seem a tad too simple at first, but when mixed with tales of lonesome characters that are filled with surprises, the six strings begin to take on colors of their own. Byrd's record, The Waitress, is one of those discs that you keep letting play because the darn thing just flows. Also on the bill is Dromedary, a quaint duo knitting disparate sounds and instrumentation for an evocative world beat. The Evening Muse (Shukla)

Spragga Benz -- The rapid-fire slammer delivers all that's expected from dancehall. You've got a gruff and tough voiced, fast-firing toaster, plenty of boombastic bass lines and a hip-hop infused delivery with a DJ knocking about his posse. Spragga has his own agenda that fits the bill and throws in a curve or two to stand out from the crowd. Also on the bill are Unity Sounds, The Authentic Crew, Live Roots. Knights of Columbus Hall (Shukla)

SATURDAY 6.28The Alternative Champs -- On the one hand, it's goofy as shit. On the other hand, it's among the most creative stuff in town, name-checking Charles de Gaulle, Rockingham, games of Marco Polo, and their own penises, and skewering most any style of music you can think of along the way. In a weird kind of way, the treatment is also rather loving -- you can tell the boys probably owned a few Outfield, Hooters, and Jan Hammer records along with the P-Funk platters (possible other tweaks include Moby and Kiss). How can you not like a line like "Your ass is grass and it's gettin' long/and I'm a head squeakin', weed eatin' son of a bitch?" You're right - it's impossible! The Room (Davis)

Gideon Smith & The Dixie Damned -- A bastardized child of both Sabbath and Skynyrd, Smith and the Dixie Damned are part of the new Southern Stoner movement, along with bands like Artimus Pyledriver. Psychedelically heavy in a style similar to real early Cult or Phil Anselmo's Down, they've often been described as swamp rock, due to the thick, vinelike bass lines and muddy washes of feedback and reverb. As it is, they're one of this town's more underrated acts, even as they've received all sorts of praise from destinations on the other side of the Mason-Dixon line (and even the International Date Line). With Self Made Monsters and Gods of Mars. Fat City (Davis)

WEDNESDAY 7.2Evanescence -- "Whassat? You say 'new rock' isn't selling like it once was, and that NuMetal is starting to rust? Quick -- call a meeting!" "Boss, what if -- and this is just an idea -- what if we keep the same general formula, add a little dubious Christianity, and front the whole thing with a girl?" "Brilliant work, Johnson! Maybe even add a little fairy dust, a la Tori Amos...they'll snap it up like lemonade on a hot day! Print 100,000!" "Thank you, sir." Tremont Music Hall (Davis)

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