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Sea of Cortez / The Eastern Seaboard -- Nice pairing here of Charlotte's own atmospheric Sea of Cortez, whose kickass indie take on might be best described as spaghetti-O western, and the New York City-headquartered free-music band The Eastern Seaboard. Local avant-garde fans and free-jazzbos will really want to check out the Seaboard, as the band's spare-yet-impassioned improvisational takes on their own material suggest a band on the rise. Such "jazz" shows in Charlotte are about as rare as free music pioneer Albert Ayler playing a discernable melody, so check it out. The Evening Muse (Davis)

Susan Tedeschi -- You have to figure that when Tedeschi and her husband -- sometime Allman Brother Derek Trucks -- get together to make sweet music, they both get to play a solo. Tedeschi, who was nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy a while back, doesn't take the back seat (pun slightly intended) to just anyone -- she's one of the more tasteful and song oriented blues players we have, and she's still teaching tricks to kids (and husbands) half her age. Tedeschi will also play an 8pm show tomorrow night. Neighborhood Theatre (Davis)

King's X -- Some time back, in a Music Menu column far, far away, I said the following: "While not the prototype for grunge and the 'alternative' sound that some writers would have you believe (to paraphrase Freud, sometimes a band is just a band), King's X has carved out a nice little niche in the music world with their brand of melodic thrum." Guitarist Ty Tabor, bassist Doug Pinnick and drummer Jerry Gaskill might not be Nirvana as far as power trios go, but when they blend some three-part harmonies with the crunchy-sweet guitar work they're known for, you'll be enlightened." I stand by most of that, with the possible exception of the enlightened part. Entranced, perhaps? Enlivened? How about a nice, simple "you likely won't ask for your money back"? Amos' Southend (Davis)

Leni Stern -- Jazz influenced, folk educated singer/songwriter, Stern has obviously expanded her musical horizons over the past few years nudging various genres out of their confines into her repertoire including explorations into Indian classical music and electronica. Her voice enjoys enough range to keep up with the sublime guitar work and compositional skills. Prior to her performance, Stern will conduct a guitar composition clinic at 5:30pm. The Evening Muse (Shukla)

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Chris Duarte Group -- Duarte doesn't need much coaxing when somebody hands him an electric guitar, and to be sure, the darn thing is gonna get a beating during the course of the gig. A torchbearer for the likes of Hendrix and Alvin Lee, Duarte infuses the blues with textures to take it somewhere deeper into the psyche. He can keep a definitive and time-tested blues lick from sliding into potential dull repetition and crank out psychedelic rock that can enliven temperate surroundings, to say the least. Double Door Inn (Shukla)

Drunk Stuntmen -- When the strumming kicks in on the opening tune "Downtown," off their last record Iron Hip, you know something potent is coming up. With the songwriting ease of Neil Young mixed with country toked rock, the Stuntmen prove the song is not an anomaly but an intro to their killer band. The group lurks in the northern climes, but plow down a southern muse as if bred somewhere in Dixieland. JB'Z (Shukla)

Honor the Earth Benefit -- The best thing the Dixie Chicks may have ever done? Talk shit about the President. Sure, they lost some fans. But consider: most of those fans they lost were probably also the kind of fans that loved the group's sappier, Nashville Country-style compositions. Before, they'd never be able to play with the Indigo Girls, or someone like Ben Folds. They'd never be able to actually do their songs their way, and still have people wanting to listen. They'd never have, you know, artistic freedom. As my man Ice-T used to say, "Freedom of speech...word. Just watch what you say." With Ben Folds and Indigo Girls, and all for a good cause. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (Davis)

Tannahill Weavers -- You can't get any further up the hill of Scottish folk music then these veterans. Named after the great Scottish poet Robert Tannahill, the Weavers continue to propagate the traditions, combining the musical heritage of highlanders and lowlanders of the famed land. They're on the road touring in support of their upcoming record, Arnish Light, which contains plenty of harmony filled reels, jigs and other Celtic colors to add to their catalog. This is a no-brainer for lovers of Celtic and world music. Neighborhood Theatre (Shukla)

Ten Mile Tide -- What starts out sounding like average rock gets fairly interesting as the fiddle and guitars merge to create a groove that sounds like a country hoedown mixed with Counting Crows styled rock one moment, and 70s tipped mellow rock the next. The good thing is the songcraft doesn't bow out after a while and it holds up to repeat listens. Charlotte's own melody infused rock band, 4th Ward, will open. The Venue on 5th (Shukla)

Trachtenberg Family Slideshow Players -- OK, so a couple play slides bought from yard sales and the like on a big projector, while their adolescent kids drum and sing. Somehow, the gimmick wears off quick, and the whole thing becomes something more like art, were it that art could still seem so fresh. This is precisely the kind of show that's passed us by for the Cradle or Peel in months/years past, which is precisely why we ought to give it some support. With Kimya Dawson of the Moldy Peaches and Kurt Leibert of Bicycle. Visulite Theatre (Davis)

The Mahavishnu Project -- Yes, this is sort of a tribute show. Yes, I'm going to write about it anyway. TMP basically serve the same sort of function with John McLaughlin (no, not the "Issue Two!" guy) that Project/Object do with Frank Zappa -- a sort of loving tribute that avoids the cover band mentality of note-for-note cribbing in favor of a jam band's loving expansionism. For the uninitiated, Mahavishnu John McLaughlin was a forerunner of world/jazz/rock fusion in the 1970s, and managed to make most of it sound rather fresh. Good luck to the guy who has to mimic his million-notes-a-second soloing, however. Visulite Theatre (Davis)

Twinemen -- Calling all Morphine fans -- and not fans of the actual narcotic but those who favored the dark, sultry sounding bass-sax-drums trio from a few years back. Following the untimely death of vocalist/bassist Mark Sandman, remaining Morphine members Dana Colley and Billy Conway teamed up with female vocalist Laurie Sargent, and this trio is now touring and recording as Twinemen. Sargent is similar to Margo Timmins of the Cowboy Junkies -- she puts her own unique stamp on things but remains subtle enough not to overpower the music. Good stuff, particularly for those of us who need a (Morphine) fix. Opening for Ware River Club. The Evening Muse (Farris)

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