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1 Antiseen's

25th Anniversary Bash

8:45 tonight and 9 p.m. Saturday, Tremont ($8-$10)

This bruised and battered Charlotte band celebrates with two nights of Destructo Rock. Tonight, the Flat Tires, Before I Hang, Biggy Stardust, Thomas O'Keefe and the ****birds, and the Not Likelys pay rocking tribute. Saturday, Hammerlock and Joe Buck Yourself join the men of the hour. 704-343-9494.

2 Pinback

7 p.m. Thursday, Neighborhood Theatre ($15-$18)

The decade-old San Diego duo makes intelligent and quirky indie-pop, layering melodies, jittery guitars, and a trippy, fun attitude on the 2007 Touch and Go release “Autumn of the Seraphs.” 704-358-9298.

3 The Noises 10

9 p.m. Saturday, Visulite ($8-$10)

Following a short-lived signing with Jive Records, this Charlotte pop-rock foursome flexes its independence on the supremely slick “The Hammer The Anvil The Stirrup” – which should leave Jive execs wondering why they let these guys get away. 704-358-9200.

4 Little Brother

8 p.m. Saturday, Amos' ($15-$18)

The Durham hip-hop outfit plays a Carolina headlining gig before heading out with David Banner and Talib Kweli, who was among the guests on its June release “And Justus for All.” 704-377-6874.

5 The Stellas

10:30 p.m. Saturday, Evening Muse ($5-$7)

The young Charlotte outfit turns in some incredibly catchy, snotty rock tunes on its debut EP, “Cry Baby Cry,” which bridges surf guitar, Nirvana and dark British rock. If life was fair, its song “Vampires” would be a pop smash. 704-376-3737.

6 Throw Me the Statue

8 p.m. Sunday, Milestone ($7)

Representing Seattle's lighter side, this indie band's whimsical material is marked by a voice that floats over foreboding piano and horns, militaristic/primitive beats, jittery acoustic guitar and delicate melodies.

7 Nightwish

7 p.m. Wednesday, Tremont ($25-$30)

This award-winning Finnish act creates an epic marriage of classical, metal, and gothic musical theater – as if Warlock's Doro Pesch were fronting the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. 704-343-9494.

8 Bucky Covington

11 tonight, Coyote Joe's ($15)

Rockingham's favorite son, a finalist on Season 5 of “American Idol,” laid the groundwork for a solid country career in Nashville with his well-received, self-titled debut. He returns for a close-to-hometown gig.

9 Flogging Molly

7 p.m. Sunday, Amos' ($22.50-$25)

With the energy of an adolescent punk band, the dexterity of veterans, the lyricism of a weathered bard and the roots of an Irish bar jam session, the seven-member group fluidly mixes punk, Celtic and Americana. 704-377-6874.

10 The Hangman's Dance

10 tonight, Double Door ($10)

This three-band bill features Cattletruck's gritty country-rock; the Turnstiles (a cross between Son Volt and Dwight Yoakam minus the twang); and Wiggle Wagons, which suggest what Violent Femmes would sound like if they went rockabilly. 704-376-1446.

11 Sunny Ledfurd

8 tonight, Amos' ($10)

Armed with an acoustic guitar, this college-bar favorite combines hip-hop, humor, rock and the South in a manner similar to Kid Rock. Label mates the Piedmont Boys and Sunny Ledfurd's DJ Ziggy Pockets fill out the bill. 704-377-6874.

12 Shuffle Magazine Showcase

8:30 tonight, Neighborhood Theatre (FREE)

The Carolina music mag presents a six-band lineup with locals Benji Hughes (who recently had a track on the CW's “90210”), buzz band Yardwork and songwriter Matthew Paul Butler; plus Durham bands Red Collar and Dry Heathens and rockers Giant. 704-358-9298.