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WEDNESDAY 11.24
Black Lagoon/Hungry Ghost/Solid Gold Wreckers -- The 'Goon have recently surfaced with a few new players (Dean Lovette, Rob Tavaglione) and a satchel of new songs to boot. The 'Ghost are relatively new to the scene, but their Chomsky-meets-Black Flag take on dirty punk is already well known in the underground, and about as subtle as Henry Rollins demanding his first morning cuppa. Solid Gold Wreckers are a sprawling instrumental three-piece with a nice blend of punk ethos and experimental ingenuity, occasionally short on song structure but long on good ideas. Milestone (Davis)

Harmony Sparks -- The newest project from Static frontman Josh Daniel, Harmony Sparks sees Daniel moving in a new direction: a hazy, cymbal-driven acoustic/electric jangle that's a little bit early Wilco and a little bit Counting Crows. Despite that, it's got a freshness that wouldn't sound out of place on AAA radio, a nice blend of pop hooks and a 1970s attention to musical detail that might shock those used to Static's more jam-oriented sound. Well worth keeping an eye on. With Jason Scavone and the Noises Ten and The Mersey Sound. Visulite Theatre (Davis)

The Junior Varsity -- The newest signing to the Victory Records camp, The JV is comprised of former members of Fallen Star and Winner Takes All. Pretty much the same melodic, emo-tinged, Pro-Tooled-to-hell kind of stuff you've come to expect from Victory, in other words. While still a young band, they do have some promise, however, keeping the emoting in check while still managing to avoid the kind of static, hermetically-sealed sound most of their tight-T'd brethren sport. With Houston Calls, The Chemistry, Hot Vegas. Tremont Music Hall (Davis)

Ronnie Baker Brooks -- The son of the legendary bluesman Lonnie Brooks, RBB has received his own WC Handy nominations for Best New Artist and Best-Instrumentalist-Guitar, and with good reason: The man can pick it. Mixing more subtle lines (ala Freddie King) with the explosive Strat sound of a Stevie Ray Vaughan, Brooks' blues reflect a nice blend of old school appreciation while suggesting some new directions as well. Double Door Inn (Schacht)

Selah -- Mark Evangelist leads the funk-inspired dub and reggae band based in the hills of Boone. Although it's unfair to peg Selah as a straight reggae band, rather, they're a hybrid of eclectic threads encompassing bits of rock, hip-hop, deep dub and funk. The Room (Shukla)THURSDAY 11.25

Post Thanksgiving Gig
The Blinds -- You've binged, purged, and binged again on the food, football and family -- now how 'bout channeling all that built-up angst and caloric intake into something constructive? The Blinds is the new project by the Busch siblings, Tara and Todd, and if their Evening Muse debut a couple weeks back is any yardstick, the Busches -- along with Shawn Lynch on the skins and Vance Carlisle on bass/guitar -- have got themselves an intriguing vehicle for two strong songwriters. Other fresh faces include Farfalla, a more electronic-based project from Jason Herring and Jay Thomas, and Second Hand Stories. Also on the bill: The inimitable Dirty Drummer (Dave Haire) on the wheels of steel. Visulite Theatre (Schacht)

SATURDAY 11.27
The Codetalkers feat. Col. Bruce Hampton -- Col. Hampton has been crisscrossing musical highways for some 30 years (with the Hampton Grease Band, Aquarium Rescue Unit and Fiji Mariners, for instance). The Codetalkers are reliably more accessible, and dare I say mainstream, than his past groups. See our See & Do section for more information on this show. Visulite Theatre (Shukla)

Labia Minor -- Sorting through the weekly "in pile" of CDs, it's always a pleasure to hear a local band with their own sound. As with books (or any type of art, for that matter), most listeners find that they connect with an art-maker because they're hearing something different -- in Labia Minor's case, a smart, fun, punk-tinged and bass-heavy (as in electric bass) sound that manages to be both literate and lascivious all at once. Something like the band !!! if they were less dance-y, or maybe the hal al Shedad minus all the monochromatic trappings. Good stuff, however you wish to describe it. With The Subs, Unalaska, and The Dirty Hearts. Milestone (Davis)

Lindsey Horne CD Release -- Being someone who's not averse to mining my own previous writings if I believe I got the feeling down right the first time, I stand by my assertion that Horne sometimes reminds me of a Southern-born Kate Bush, or maybe a slightly more grounded Fiona Apple. That said, her sound is pretty much her own: painfully honest, spare, sensually charged, and piano-driven in the classic jazz-diarist tradition. Catch her while you can, because there's no telling how much longer she'll haunt our local music clubs before giving up the ghost for new environs. With Jason Scavone. The Evening Muse (Davis)

MONDAY 11.29
Dope -- Nothing earth shattering here on the innovation front, but if you like metal, hardcore and rap mixed in a smoldering oil drum, then step right up and leave the guilt at the door. Dope's dry, atonal vocalist and music noisemongers have evolved their thud into a more harmony-laced outing on their third recording, though it remains mighty angry. With Motograder and Twisted Method. Tremont Music Hall (Shukla)

TUESDAY 11.30
Lock and Key -- They are insightful, ala U2, down to earth yet able to incite, as in Fugazi, and pretty darn rocking when it comes to their visceral, six-string hardcore attack. Lock and Key have a freshly released disc on the streets, Up The Floorboards (on Charlotte-based label Deep Elm), with the aforementioned six-stringers tuned up and the van fueled for the enlightenment of youngsters on the ensuing album-supporting tour. Also on the bill are Almighty Flying Machine and Verona Burning. Milestone (Shukla)

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