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WEDNESDAY 11.19

Beenie Man -- Dancehall reggae requires a unique vocal delivery wrapped in a smorgasbord of beats and bass, as well as a mystique, usually bravado about having success with the ladies. Beenie Man is a top practitioner of that style and is currently sitting atop the upper rungs of the temperamental genre. Expect plenty of rapid-fire delivery with a bass-heavy, tropical beat. With Tanto Metro & Devonte. (Shukla)

THURSDAY 11.20

David LaMotte -- We've got thoughtfully written tunes accompanied by a seasoned veteran of acoustic guitar. Apparently LaMotte hits the road some 200-plus days a year and on this tour he is out pushing his eighth recording, Spin. The disc was partially recorded in Asheville and shows LaMotte's mature and confident vocal delivery with a range spanning gentle strumming to distinctly percussive playing. The regionally based singer/ songwriter stands above that crowded lot with songs that have substance. The Evening Muse (Shukla)

FRIDAY 11.21

Country & Western Bill's Big Ass Band -- Bill Walpole (Slide guitarist for the old Federal Bureau of Rock and Roll) and Bill Noonan (ex-Rank Outsiders) are Country and Western Bill, respectively. Noonan has honed his technique while playing with rock bands, as a solo act and as part of a duo with Gigi Dover. Now he directs his pen and six strings to playing and documenting classic honky tonk tunes with slide and pedal steel moaning around drawl-dripped vocals. Whether carrying a Hank Sr. tune, paying homage to Mel Tillis, or playing Noonan's originals, Country and Western Bill manage to lay down stakes covering their own territory. On this night other musicians join in for a full-on band experience. Smokey Joe's Cafe (Shukla)

The Rosebuds -- The Rosebuds have a new one out on Chapel Hill-based Merge Records, entitled The Rosebuds Make Out, and it's a 40-minute slab of unforced, yet catchy-as-hell, pop-inflected rock. Which is always hard as hell to write about, you see. It's not "sunny," necessarily, nor does it "soar." Conversely, you cannot say it "floats on waves of melancholy," either. Verdict: Hook-laden, playful stuff, yet never puerile. With SNMNMN and Super Villains. Fat City (Davis)

SATURDAY 11.22

Kumbia Kings -- Forgive them for the occasional lapse into tepid and smooth R&B, but Kumbia Kings manage to get back into the groove quickly with bristling Latin pop tunes that are infused with Cumbia, salsa, pop and rap. You can't help but shake yer booty when the Grammy-nominated group lays down infectious beats twirling in a primal groove. Joining the Kings are female pop artists, Odaly's and La Conquista. Cricket Arena (Shukla)

The Modey Lemon -- Drummer Paul Quattrone and singer/guitarist Phil Boyd -- along with guitarist Jason Kirker (yep, no bassist) -- are a punishing Pittsburgh garage trio. This would be enough to recommend this show. However, word has it this show will also be the last hurrah for the Fat City Deli as far as live shows go. As in, ever. As in, no more. Kaput. Finis. No mas. As in, "man, I hope I heard correctly, or I'm going to look like a dork." All told, it's well worth your time, even if the money-hungry gentrificationists weren't on a General Sherman march through NoDa. With Pink Slips and our own (rather good) Bad Samanthas. Fat City (Davis)

One Six Conspiracy -- The 1-6 are releasing a new disc tonight, Words Fill Time. If it's anything like their MP3s, it will be quite good. Yes, one might lazily call it emo. There's nothing lazy about the songs, however, which often feature a swell thrift-store wall of noise from time to time, and which contain enough hooks to hang all the suits on Tryon Street. Problem is, the 1-6 are younger chaps, and nobody who doesn't already like them (or go to school with them) will probably ever even hear it. Which would be their loss -- were it that local "alternative" radio stations had any guts, you'd hear this shit all the time. With One Amazin' Kid and Ten Missing Days. Tremont Music Hall (Davis)

Perfect -- This rather curious event features Dr. Draw, a Russian-born violinist by way of Canada (and who is not to be confused with TV's Dr. Drew, who is much less funky). Draw -- born Eugene Draw -- is a 21-year-old former prodigy (at what age does one's prodigal status end?) who began his music career busking on the streets of Toronto. Expect high-energy classical with an electronic subtext, all set off with some spiffy visuals courtesy of the Akari Performance Troupe. With DJ Shawn Riker, the house man at Toronto's Fly. Mythos (Davis)

WEDNESDAY 11.26

Sick Of It All -- Long running hardcore punks continue to abuse throats, as well as guitars, bass, mics and percussion for that matter, with lyrical mayhem. Don't expect them to change their colors for any trends; the new record, Life on the Ropes, on the hip punk label, Fat Wreck Chords, spews forth more tunes to rattle eardrums. Also on the bill are Most Precious Blood, Love is Red, and In The Program. Tremont Music Hall (Shukla)

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