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Published: Jan 21, 2005
Modified: Jan 21, 2005 3:05 AM
Critic's Picks - Rock
David Menconi on the best rock and more

Somebody's Sister: Part of the Indiegrrl Music Showcase at Local 506.

The word "derivative" gets a bad rap -- there's nothing worse you can call a band in some circles than the d-word. But not only are Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings as proudly derivative as music gets, they're also absolutely fantastic. An eerily precise recreation of James Brown's combustible mid-'60s period, Jones and the Kings play old-school soul that rocks. They also do at least one genius cover per record. Last time out, it was Janet Jackson's "What Have You Done For Me Lately," and on their new album, "Naturally" (Daptone Records), it's Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land" rendered with fabulous Stax/Volt sass. They're not to be missed, Thursday at Cat's Cradle.

Multiple area venues are hosting tsunami-relief benefits this weekend, including shows with Sorry About Dresden (featuring original bassist Matt Tomich in his first show with SAD in quite some time), Fashion Design and a rare Superchunk performance Saturday at Local 506 (which is a private club, and they mean it: See for membership details); International Orange and Pico Vs. Island Trees at Cat's Cradle Saturday; and Arrogance alumnus Robert Kirkland's Kick the Future with Chatham County Line, SpencerAcuff and Barefoot Manner on Sunday at the Pour House.

There's also the Indiegrrl Music Showcase on Sunday at Local 506, with an all-distaff lineup of Laura McLean & Calamity, Vicki Blankenship and the duo Someone's Sister.

Tonight: Ray Lamontagne, a superb and idiosyncratic-voiced singer/songwriter, comes to the ArtsCenter; another excellent songwriter, David Olney, plays Six String Cafe; and Local 506 has a mighty fine triple-bill of Cub Country, Honored Guests and Strugglers.

Furthermore: Carbon Leaf brings its folksy jams to Lincoln Theatre on Saturday, the same night Steep Canyon Rangers hold forth at the Pour House; from the Red Clay Ramblers orbit, Mike Craver, Bill Hicks and Jim Watson convene at the Six String Cafe on Wednesday; power trio Cantwell Gomez & Jordan play Kings on Thursday; and Chapel Hill expatriate pianist Ben Folds returns to the area Thursday to play Duke University's Page Auditorium, with Ben Lee in tow.

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