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ROCK | Peter Searcy
w/ Cowboy Mouth
Fri. June 8
The Windjammer
$20

For the past nine years, singer/songwriter and Kentucky native Peter Searcy has specialized in catchy rock 'n' roll. He previously played in such Louisville bands as late '80s college radio favorite Squirrel Bait, cutting his teeth on punk rock. He recently spent some time in Atlanta, signed to a label partnered with a major, and released a handful of top-quality albums, in particular his stunning debut Could You Please and Thank You. Several years later, he is fresh off the release of the beautiful Spark. Searcy has slowly but surely built a solid solo career for himself and his brand of melodic rock. He can't imagine himself doing anything else. "This is what I've always done," he says. "I don't know much more. It's in my blood. My grandmother was a musician. My mom's a great singer. It's kind of what I feel I was put here to do." New Orleans workhorses Cowboy Mouth, led by singing drummer Fred LeBlanc, share the stage with Searcy on Friday night — a kick-off for their three-night stint on the IOP (Michelle Malone opens on Sat. June 9 and Bain Mattox opens on Mon. June 11). Visit www.petersearcy.net and www.cowboymouth.com for more. —Leah Weinberg FRIDAY

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ROCK | 'An Evening with Owen Beverly'
Sat. June 9
The Village Tavern
$8

Owen Beverly has ridden a bit of an odd career arc. He started early, playing guitar with a touring blues band as a teenager in Mississippi, and shot through high school and college, busting his ass to finish his music degree at College of Charleston in roughly three years. Somehow, he found time to form a band — the outlet for his active musical imagination. Beverly's voice owes something to Jeff Buckley, but his compositions are entirely original, with slippery, sexy guitar riffs floating through the songs on his 2003 Drunk Lover EP. Unfortunately for Charleston, Beverly moved back to Mississippi shortly after graduation, leaving Holy City fans to thirst for the occasional appearance back in town. He'll be here this Saturday evening, and he's playing with a full "entourage" comprised of singer/guitarist Joel Hamilton (of The Working Title), drummer Evan Bivins (ex-Jump Little Children), guitarist Josh Kaler (of Slowrunner), bassist/guitarist Ash Hopkins (Cary Ann Hearst, Steven Fiore), singer Jordan Igoe, and guitarist Keith Bradshaw (of Plane Jane). After four years on the market, his old EP recently got some major props when HBO selected the song "Drunk Lover" to hype their latest season of Entourage. Doors are at 8 p.m. See www.myspace.com/owenbeverly for more. —Sara Miller SATURDAY

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AMERICANA | Carrie Rodriguez
w/ Tim Easton
Sun. June 10
The Village Playhouse
$17.50

Carrie Rodriguez's debut album, Seven Angels on a Bicycle, showed up on the City Paper music desk without a disc in the case. It's easy to see how music this enchanting gets left in the player — someone in the management-to-promoter-to-press chain is likely singing along in their car right now, "Taking pictures on the subway/Enchiladas on a Sunday/Let's get drunk, we'll all play your fancy guitars..." The Brooklyn-based native of Austin is a classically-trained fiddle player, performing with Lyle Lovett and Chip Taylor over the years before recruiting a studio-cast that included Taylor, guitarist Bill Frisell, and bassist Viktor Krauss (Alison's brother) for the Seven Angels sessions. Rodriguez's smooth, honest voice is undeniably a product of Austin, with a style reminiscent of Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams (whom she just opened 10 dates for in April). On her current tour, she's got Hans Holzen playing guitar, Kyle Kegerreis on stand-up bass, and her husband, notable saxophonist Javier Vercher, holding down drums and percussion. Fortunately for us, Carrie's got several of her songs up on her website. Even without the CD, we can't stop listening. New West Records recording artist Tim Easton opens with a set from his latest disc, Ammunition. 7:30 p.m. See www.carrierodriguez.com and www.timeaston.com for more. —Stratton Lawrence SUNDAY

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RAWK | Th' Legendary Shack*Shakers
w/ The Defilers
Tues. June 12
Cumberland's
$10

Based outta Nashville, loud and rambunctious rock act Th' Legendary Shack*Shakers can't seem to slow down. Dishing out a rousing mix of electric blues, American punk rock, country, and rockabilly noise, the Shakers toured the world (and elsewhere) last year and this spring behind the recent Yep Roc release Pandelirium — a fiery follow-up to their first two albums, Cockadoodledon't and Believe. Tuesday's performance marks an on-stage homecoming for notorious guitarist David Lee, previously of Charleston rockabilly trio Go Baby Go. Lee and his colleagues — singer, howler, and harmonica player J.D. Wilkes (a.k.a. "The Colonel"), bassist Mark Robertson, and recently-initiated drummer Brett Whitacre — call the tour action their "Pentacaustic roadshow." It's hellacious stuff, for sure. "We try to tap into basic primal instincts," said Wilkes. "Rock 'n' roll is a cathartic release. Anything that doesn't realize that bestial nature isn't rock 'n' roll." Check www.cockadoodledont.com for more. —T. Ballard Lesemann


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