Richmond's darlings of refined mood-rock have been subject to a lot of revision since their inception in 2002. First a name change (from Zetamale in '03), and now founder and frontman Daron Hollowell has moved on. Guitarist/vocalist Justin Bailey has taken over, and Delegate will forge ahead as a foursome. It looks like the break is over, as Delegate has started playing more shows hereabouts, giving the East Coast a chance to check out its slimmed-down new look. And music? Hear the sound of evolution Aug. 26 with openers Wizards and Cartel at 10 p.m. $5. 353-4263.
Concice Records Grand Opening at Gallery5
Gallery5 is looking to be more than your average fire-and-police-museum-turned-art-gallery. Director Amanda Robinson has turned its First Friday reception into a rock show, answering the age-old question: Can a person appreciate a painting of a naked man on a couch while gyrating to local music? Anyway, on Aug. 26 the gallery turns its focus to music completely for the release party and grand opening of new local hip-hop label Concice Records. Richmond band Swordplay celebrates the release of "Tilt" and performs along with Murk One and local DJs, 8 p.m.-midnight. Free. 644-0005.
(Some) Instrumentalism at Nanci Raygun
Sometimes, words fail us. Luckily, bands like Red Sparowes and Zombi know how to say it without, you know, saying it. Red Sparowes has a kind of disquieting, dark orchestral quality to it. Sounds rise and fall, from elevator-tune subtle to a heavy roar. Zombi, by some accounts, makes music that might best accompany footage of the blood-spattered undead tramping across a screen, brain-bound. But that's just some people. These two open for the very vocal, sonically large rock of Breather Resist, Aug. 29 at 6 p.m. $6. 353-4263.
And the Band Name of the Week Is
Rage Against Charlie Sheen. This may be the one to end them all, really. Sometimes bands are like rich husbands (follow me here): It doesn't matter what they're really like; the name is the important thing. Sad but true. In this case, though, there's substance behind the style. Rage is, oddly enough, a straight-up jazz outfit: pretty tight, with a little play here, a little freeform there. It's good, clean fun. Rage plays Cary Street Café Aug. 25 at 10 p.m. $5.
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