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Cedric Burnside with Lightnin' Malcolm PHOTO: NO CREDIT
10 p.m. Fri., June 13
d.b.a., 618 Frenchmen St., 942-3731; www.drinkgoodstuff.com

Holly Springs, Miss., is 40 minutes' drive from Memphis and famous for two things: the awe-inspiring 24-hour Elvis shrine Graceland Too, and the musical Burnside clan. The late patriarch, bluesman R.L. Burnside, put the Mississippi hill country on the map with his raw recordings for the Fat Possum label (and later, funky, electro-damaged remixes with the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion). His grandson, drummer Cedric Burnside, started backing him at the age of 16, playing after-hours sets at Junior Kimbrough's legendary juke joint until 3 a.m. or later and then heading to high school in the morning. With whiz guitarist Lightnin' Malcolm, Cedric fuses the rough-and-ready gutbucket style on which he was weaned with contemporary soul harmonies and elements of hip-hop and funk. Tickets $5. — Fensterstock

 

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Good Guys CD release party PHOTO: no credit
10 p.m. Sat., June 14
One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 569-8361; www.oneeyedjacks.net

The crafty, high-spirited group Good Guys emerges with its first full-length release, The Social Engagement, 10 genre-defying tracks that crackle with experimental energy. The band's ringleaders, Tom McLaughlin and Jeremy Johnson, met in 2004 through a mutual love of underground metal and it shows, though the metal sounds are twisted to their own specs. The songs on The Social Engagement have plenty of thundering percussion and chugging guitar, filtered darkly through a martini glass — their hard-rock clamor meets the lushness of electronic loungecore, making for a deliciously weird hybrid, particularly on the saucy track "In The Dark," which is maybe the meanest, crunchiest cha-cha ever recorded. Through happy accidents of studio timing, percussionist Mike Dillon and Les Claypool-alumnus/saxophone freak Skerik also appear on the album. Dillon joins Good Guys for the performance. The price of admission includes a copy of the new CD. Metronome the City opens. Tickets $10. Fensterstock

 

 

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Liberation Hip-Hop: The Struggle for Freedom and the Right of Return, from New Orleans to Palestine
3 p.m.-7 p.m. Sat., June 14
Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 827-5858; www.zeitgeistinc.net

A collection of Arab and American artists come together for a night of politically-minded hip-hop and poetry, including the Palestinian-born, New Orleans-raised MCs Shaheed and Arabian Outlaw, whose subtle use of Arabic music on their tracks is as striking as is the injection of Middle Eastern conflict politics into their lyrics. Socially conscious local rapper Truth Universal, whose album Self Determination came out in May, also appears, as does Sess 4-5, owner of the Ninth Ward hip-hop record store and label Nuthin' But Fire. Maybe the most interesting artist on the roster is Mohammed Al-Farra (pictured), of the Middle Eastern crew Palestinian Rapperz, who rhymes in Arabic over undulating belly-dance rhythms punctuated by pistol shots instead of finger cymbals. His tracks provoke a slightly troubling new perspective: the percussive effect of a gun cocking and firing is a familiar gangsta flourish in American rap, but heard on a track that comes straight outta Gaza, it's chilling in a whole new way. Palestinian activist and political-asylum lawyer Lamis Deek, of the U.S.-Palestine Popular Conference, also speaks. All ages. Free admission. — Fensterstock

 

 

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Mudhoney
10 p.m. Mon., June 16
One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 569-8361; www.oneeyedjacks.net

That this is the 20th-anniversary tour (this gig is actually its last stop) for a band considered "grunge" is startling. Perhaps it's less so when you realize that Seattle's Mudhoney got together years before flannel was teenage-statement garb. Mudhoney had its genesis in the mid-1980s as an act called Green River, a band generally acknowledged as the first proto-grunge group, which also included future Pearl Jam bassist and guitarist Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard. With a raw, garage-rock blues grind that slammed up against thudding, ominous metal á la their contemporaries the Melvins, Mudhoney was the earliest exporter of a new sound coming out of the Pacific Northwest and gave the nascent Sub Pop label its first big underground hit with the 1988 EP Superfuzz Bigmuff. In 2004, vocalist Mark Arm lent his rough wail to the hobbled monsters of rock the MC5, filling in for the late Rob Tyner during the band's 2004 reunion tour. The sound of that experience seems to penetrate Mudhoney's latest release The Lucky Ones, which is stripped-down, fuzzed-out punk blues at its leanest and finest. Birds of Avalon opens. Tickets $15 in advance, $18 at the door. — Fensterstock

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