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Americana/Rock | Martin Sexton

w/ Chris Trapper

Thurs. Aug. 16

The Windjammer

$20

With a heaping dash of soul ‘n’ gospel flair, singer/songwriter Martin Sexton expands his stylings even further on his latest album, Seeds (Kitchen Table). A gifted singer and acoustic guitarist, Sexton first came to prominence as a street musician in Boston in the early ’90s. He toured and recorded heavily through the years, earning a dedicated following for his earnest, gutsy brand of acoustic folk, blues, and rock. While Seeds was recorded with a full backing band, Sexton’s heading out on this current tour as a solo player. “I believe songs are seeds,” Sexton says about the collection. “Once planted they can grow and nourish and inspire and with that, change the world.” Push Stars frontman Chris Trapper opens the show at the Jammer at 9 p.m. Check www.martinsexton.com and www.christrapper.com for more. —T. Ballard Lesemann THURSDAY

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INDIE-ROCK/POP | Casper & The Cookies

w/ Elekibass, The Specs

Sat. Aug. 18

The Map Room

$5

Casper & The Cookies, a pop four-piece hailing from Athens, are about to enter their tenth year as a vehicle for Jason NeSmith’s (a.k.a. Casper Fandango) songs. Though the band has gone through numerous lineups over the years, frontman NeSmith, bassist/vocalist Kay Stanton, guitarist Jim Hicks (ex-Cigarello, Of Montreal), and drummer Joe Rowe (of The Glands and Bliss) have been together for a while now. The constant feature has been NeSmith’s comfort with a hook and willingness to bend genre distinctions. The Optimist’s Club, released a year back on the Athens label Happy Happy Birthday to Me Records, is an infectiously melodic album that draws on the experimentalism of Athens’ Elephant 6 crowd as much as it does on anthemic ’70s power-pop. They’re currently touring with Japan’s Elekibass, another enthusiastically theatrical pop act with a strong affinity for winning over a crowd. They’re on the road with a new one titled California, on Happy Happy Birthday to Me as well. Visit www.casperfandango.com and www.themaproom.net for more. —Chris Hassiotis SATURDAY

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POp/Americana | Rocco DeLuca & The Burden

w/ The Midway State, The Last Goodnight

Sun. Aug. 19

Music Farm / Monster Music & Movies

$15 / free

Already on this first headlining U.S. tour, rock songwriter and dobro player Rocco DeLuca and his band The Burden visit town this weekend in support of their new collection, I Trust You To Kill Me (released on Kiefer Sutherland’s Ironworks label). Last year, DeLuca and the band were chosen to be part of VH1’s “Artist You Oughta Know” campaign and spent time on the road with Mat Kearney. They recently toured with Keane and John Mayer, too. Their current single, “Colorful,” was a recent Top 20 hit on the adult contemporary radio charts (there’s terrific footage of them performing the tune at the Lone Star Lounge in Austin, Texas during this year’s South By Southwest festival on a recently-released SWSX Live 2007 DVD from Shout Factory!). Before the Music Farm gig, Monster Music & Movies (946 Orleans Road) hosts a free in-store performance and autograph signing session from DeLuca and the guys on Sun. Aug. 19 at 1 p.m. See www.musicfarm.com and www.roccodeluca.com for more. —TBL SUNDAY

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Techno-Groove | Telepath

Tues. Aug. 21

The Pour House

$6

Asheville’s Telepath are not a band that would have existed in 1997. The young trio — Michael Christie on keys and sample, Curt Heiny on bass, and Mike B on drums and loops — hybridize live bass, drums, and keys with digital samples, producing a flowing, melodic sound made possible by modern mixing technology. A track might feature a sitar and Pakistani chanting, then drop into a tight bass and drum groove, segueing into an irie Jamaican dub rhythm. Live-tronic pioneers Thievery Corporation recently signed them as an inaugural artist on their “Outernational Music” label. They’re touring behind their loose-sounding, tightly produced debut album, Fire One. Telepath impressed crowds in July at STS9’s Re:Generation festival. A booking at the upcoming Echo Project in Atlanta, (alongside Thievery), should help gain them a national audience. Whether they’re dropping back-alley bass lines, floating through an Arabic caravan, or backing an Afrobeat horn section, Telepath’s music is a journey. See www.telepathmusic.com for more. —Stratton Lawrence TUESDAY