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The Suspect: The Dandy Warhols

Even though the band has never had a hit single, they are sure to play many fan-favorites on their North American tour; it’s in support of their recently released collection, The Dandy Warhols: The Capitol Years 1995-2007. Since forming in Portland in the early ‘90s, they’ve been building a cult following with their unique style of pop mixed with psychedelic punk.

Can Be Found: The Orange Peel, Wednesday, Nov. 10.

RIYD (Recommended if You Dig): Love and Rockets, The Eels.

You Should Go If: You’re the guy responsible for making all of the following things cool: Hooking up with MILFs, body spray, getting both your ears pieced and wearing jeans other than Levi’s; You’re the woman responsible for making all of the following things cool: Being a MILF, flat-ironing your hair, getting a tattoo of a cute animal, and waxing … lots of waxing; Your solution to the dearth of dating options in town is to … be heteroflexible.

The Suspect: Black Mountain

Pitchfork calls the band’s third and most-recent release, Wilderness Heart, Black Mountain’s version of Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy, saying that it, “shimmers as much as it bulldozes, humors as much as it rages…a more pronounced pop sensibility that mostly works in the band’s favor.” Don’t let the name lull you into thinking you can catch them locally; these guys are from Vancouver, BC.

Can Be Found: The Grey Eagle, Wednesday, Nov. 10.

RIYD: The Sea and Cake, Led Zeppelin, Fiery Furnaces.

You Should Go If: You get depressed this time of year because your mom makes you put away your sleeveless shirts; Since Robert Plant started singing bluegrass love duets you need something to restore your faith in manhood; Your solution to the dearth of dating options in town is to … cultivate an irresistible combination of spotty hygiene and apathy that borders on belligerence.

The Suspect: Spiritual Rez

This six-piece Boston-based band calls itself, “the Reggae Horn Funk Party.” They’ve played along side of George Clinton, Toots and the Maytals, Jimmy Buffett and Gregory Isaacs. They just released a new album over the summer, Nexus.

Can Be Found: Pisgah Brewing, Thursday, Nov. 11.

RIYD: Barenaked Ladies, Sugar Ray, reggae with horns.

You Should Go If: You want to be loved for who you are, not what you do; You call people “brother” who aren’t your brother; Everything you eat is a version of a burrito; Your solution to the dearth of dating options in town is … to take a lot of yoga classes and give hugs that border on inappropriate.

The Suspect: Horse Feathers

Even though Justin Ringle, the leader of Horse Feathers, is from Portland, Ore., his lyrics and imagery are laced with a strange sadness and beautiful alienation; the music often invites comparisons to Southern Gothic writers like Flannery O’Connor. The band’s third album, Thistled Spring, displays growth in both concept and execution over the bands earlier releases.

Can Be Found: The Grey Eagle, Wednesday, Nov. 17.

RIYD: Great Lake Swimmers, Bon Iver, Nebraska-style Bruce Springsteen.

You Should Go If: Just when you stop hearing those pumpkins screaming in your head, the turkeys start; You like to whisper even when there is no reason to; Life seems more interesting if there truly is a Hell; Your solution to the dearth of dating options in town is to … be quietly resigned to living the rest of your life alone.

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