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Widespread Panic at the Landmark Theater
If you happened to notice a lot more people around between 2003 and 2005, it's because Widespread Panic was taking a hiatus from its two decades of swallowing up the population for its epic touring, and letting everybody go home and take a shower. So there were people everywhere, hanging out in the streets and record stores, waiting for, for
something. Atlanta's Southern jam movement comes to the Landmark Theater Tuesday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m., $35. Call 262-8100 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
Andy Bopp at Positive Vibe Café
Baltimore singer-songwriter Bopp has not only the most adorable last name for someone playing power pop, he's also busy getting that name out there. He fronts Myracle Brah, a side project that grew out of his time heading up Love Nut, which in turn was a '90s band that suffered the fate of all grunge types it couldn't survive the millennium. Myracle Brah (yet another adorable name) is Bopp's return to a classic sound, one whose guitarwork can't be based in a certain decade. His voice, though, carries strong hints of John Lennon. Bopp's on a solo tour now, so he's bringing his voice and latest obsessions to Positive Vibe Café Wednesday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. Free. 560-9622.
Wrinkle Neck Mules CD Release at Alley Katz
When the Mules' last album, 2006's "Pull the Brake," came out, it became one of those satellite radio phenomena, with people all around the country jumping onto their computers to request that the upstanding Southern rock album be beamed out of space and into their Volvos. Their new album, "The Wicks Have Met," due April 17, promises more clashes of electric guitar and persevering banjo. The Mules play with Charlottesville's Sons of Bill, three brothers who followed Dad's musical upbringing in folk and country, and are planning a release of their debut CD this spring. The show's at Alley Katz Saturday, March 31, at 10 p.m. $8. 643-2816.
Harmonica Crossroads at In Your Ear Studios
So much competitiveness in the world of harmonicas! Always a Blowout or a Battle or something. Maybe because it's easier to cart them around and challenge as you go. Pianos battle, too, but it's always in piano bars, so you pretty much know what you're getting into when you walk through the door. Not so with In Your Ear's Harmonica Crossroads featuring Phil Wiggins (of Cephas and Wiggins) and Allen and Alison-Radcliffe Holmes, with Brian Jones and Daniel Clarke, Friday, March 30, at 8 p.m. Here promises to be a crossroads, a variety of styles from Wiggins and Allen Holmes blues, gospel, jazz. And no blues-harp-related assaults. $20-$25. 320-7067.