ROOTS-ROCK | Josh Roberts & The Hinges
w/ Giant Bear
Thurs. Sept. 14
Pour House

Well known among Carolina roots-rock fans as a guitar-wielding sideman or singer/songwriter Danielle Howle and founder of twangy-groovin’ Columbia band Captain Easy, Josh Roberts is currently establishing his latest ensemble in the Southeast scene with a sophisticated, song-oriented rock sound. The Hinges — Roberts on vocals and acoustic and electric guitars, Leslie Branham and Robert Walker on guitar and vocals, bassist Jim Taylor, and drummer Chris Shirah — splatter their rock sound with “country, blues, punk, and soul in the mix … and dirty guitars contrasting with beautiful harmonies.” The band’s latest album, The Sugar Bird Test, released last September, is a fine debut (check www.joshrobertsmusic.com for more). Six-piece Memphis Americana/roots band Giant Bear open in support of their own new LP, New American Wilderness. —T. Ballard Lesemann THURSDAY


w/ Rik Cribb & The Problems
Thurs. Sept. 14
Village Tavern

Any local R.E.M., Let’s Active, Smithereens, or dBs fans from back in the day surely remember reading the name “Don Dixon” on an album sleeve. The Lancaster, S.C.-born, Ohio-based songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and acclaimed studio producer spent more than a few moments behind the mixing desks of studios in N.C., Georgia, and elsewhere — perhaps, most notably, with Mitch Easter on R.E.M.’s first full-length album, Murmur (1983). He also spent years playing bass and singing in N.C. band Arrogance in the ’70s and ’80s. His solo debut, masterfully titled Most of the Girls Like to Dance But Only Some of the Boys Like To, was a staple on college radio in the late ’80s. His latest release, The Entire Combustible World in One Small Room (125), hit the streets this summer. See www.dondixonmusic.com for more. —TBL THURSDAY


POP-ROCK | Overstood
Thurs. Sept. 14
Silver Dollar

What’s so special about local rock band Overstood? For one thing, they’re a team of Thompsons — one dad and two sons. For another, they’re one of only a handful of local acts to have been featured on Comcast Cable’s “Live at TJ & Tommy’s” series (on Channel 2). And for another thing, they make tricky guitar work and vocal harmonies look easy and sound effortless. Charlie Thompson (formerly of The Parrots and Flyin’ Blind) is the dad and lead guitarist. Cortie, the elder brother, is the lead singer, rhythm guitarist, and main songwriter. Kid brother Matty Thompson handles bass and backing and lead vocal duties (the “aw-haw, yaayeeeayy-yeah!” cry is memorable stuff). Some dude from the Upstate nicknamed “Glowstick” keeps time on the drums. Cortie and Matt play as a duo every Thursday at Henry’s on the Market. The full band headline at the Silver Dollar at 478 King St. (722-7223) this Thursday. Check www.overstood.net for more. —TBL THURSDAY


w/ Tokyo Police Club
Tues. Sept. 19
The Map Room

The indefatigable rock/bleep/pop sounds of Brooklyn/Philly trio Enon have been puzzling journalists, critics, and fans since their inception in 1998. Guitarist/noisemaker John Schmersal (ex-Brainiac), drummer Matt Schultz, and bassist/singer Toko Yasuda hit the indie scene with a brilliant 1999 debut titled Believo! — an ultra-quirky mix of dance beats, muscular Bonhamisms, industrial-strength synth effects, and guitar tunes. They followed with High Society in ’02 and the In This City EP in ’03. The band’s latest, Lost Marbles and Exploded Evidence (Touch & Go), is a funky double-disc grab bag of singles, B-sides, and rare tracks culled from their early demos to last year. Toronto indie-rock quartet Tokyo Police Club open the show at the Map Room with tunes off their new one, A Lesson in Crime (Paper Bag). See www.enon.tv and www.tokyopoliceclub.net for more. —TBL TUESDAY