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Nashville garage-rock/power-pop outfit Cheap Time comes to Mohawk Place at 9 tonight. The band has been compared to Big Star, the Kinks and Red Kross, which is no joke.

The group's newest effort, "Wallpaper Music," does indeed boast elements of all these groups, however. Good, gritty, noisy guitar-driven tunes with big hooks and lotsa attitude are the order of the day.

Fittingly, Buffalo's own Mark Norris & the Backpeddlers – a garage-rock/power-pop outfit with shades of Americana and a Kinks fixation of its own – will share the bill. Norris and Co. will perform songs from the recent "Songs of Guilt & Revenge" album, as well as some new stuff. Admission will be $8 at the door.

>Shark-infested waters

@Body copy:Tonight, Nietzsche's (248 Allen St.), will host a twin-set gig from "carnivorous funk" outfit Universe Shark.

Universe Shark consistently surprises in the concert environment, its sets taking on a life of their own and moving fluidly through interconnected pieces populated by epic instrumental interplay.

Happily, the Shark has chosen to integrate performances from guests Space Junk (an increasingly buzzed-about trance-jam-funk outfit) and Imperial Brown (a jazz-jam-funk quartet) into their own twin-set gig.

Events will kick off with Imperial Brown on the main stage, beginning at 10 p.m. Space Junk will man the front-of-club stage immediately following, at 10:45 p.m.
The first set from Universe Shark starts at 11:30 p.m., followed by another Space Junk satellite stage performance starting at 12:30 a.m. The Shark will bring it home with a second set at about 1 a.m. It's $7 at the door.

>A shining ‘Pearl'

@Body copy:Pearl & the Beard opened for Ani DiFranco inside the singer's Babeville concert club last April, and so impressed the crowd that a return engagement inside that same building's Ninth Ward club was a sellout.

The Brooklyn band's alternative folk blend has been compared to the Low Anthem – fitting, since both groups conjure a haunting Americana that sticks with the listener long after the stage is bare and the artists are on their way to the next town.

Pearl & the Beard will be joined by Michigan's Jack the Bear at 7 p.m. Thursday in Babeville's Asbury Hall (341 Delaware Ave.). Tickets for the show are available at the Babeville box office and Rust Belt Books.

>Be scene

Colorado electro-pop/hip-hop duo 3OH!3 brings its spirited show to the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.) at 8 p.m. Saturday. Sammy Adams, Outasight and Silas will open. Tickets are $23 advance, $25 day of show (box office, Tickets.com). Doors for the all-ages show will open at 6 p.m.

Alt-folk/country outfit Langhorne Slim & the Law will be joined by River City Extension at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.). Tickets are $13 advance (box office, Ticketmaster) and $15 the day of the show.

Country-swing legends Big Sandy and his Fly Rite Boys will take over the Sportsmen's Tavern (326 Amherst St.) at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $15 at the club. Visit ww.sportsmenstavern.com.

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