Rae Billing and other lo­cal gigs to catch

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THE ABRAMS

John and James Abrams, blue­grass pick­ers from Kingston who have signed with Warner, are mov­ing their mu­sic to­ward the coun­try main­stream. They’ve com­pleted a new EP with pro­ducer Gavin Brown (Billy Talent, Sarah Harmer) and a bouncy new sin­gle called “Fine.” The Abrams per­form Thurs­day at Mills Hard­ware, 95 King St. E., with Eric Bran­don. $10 ad­vance or $15 at the door. 9 p.m.

THE DAMN TRUTH

While at a Juno party in Ot­tawa last month, I stum­bled upon a woman with an amaz­ing voice bel­low­ing out Led Zep­pelin’s “Rock and Roll.” Her name was Lee-La Baum of Mon­treal rock band The Damn Truth. The band has a new al­bum “Dev­il­ish Folk” that jumps up and kicks you in the teeth. The Damn Truth per­forms at The Cas­bah Thurs­day with Slo Mo­tions and Sun Kings. 8 p.m. $10.

RAE BILLING

Hamil­ton alt-coun­try singer-song­writer Rae Billing is putting her old band Cry­baby back to­gether for a show at the Pearl Com­pany, 16 Steven St. Billing will be backed by An­drew Aldridge, Steve Koch, Greg Brisco, James Henry and Lucky Pete Lam­bert. Satur­day, 8 p.m. $20 gen­eral ad­mis­sion. $15 for stu­dents and se­niors.

HAMIL­TON & HAYES

Winnipeg vi­o­lin­ist, singer and song­writer Raine Hamil­ton teams up with lo­cal singer-song­writer Piper Hayes for a pair of lo­cal shows over the next week. The first is a Mother’s Day mati­nee Sun­day at the Art­word Art­bar, 15 Col­bourne St., at 2:30 p.m. ($10). The sec­ond is Wed­nes­day at This Ain’t Hol­ly­wood, 345 James St. N., where they will also have Gil­lian Ni­cola’s band on the bill ($15, 8 p.m.).

NOLAN HUB­BARD

Nolan Hub­bard is an ex­tremely tal­ented song­writer with an en­chant­ingly smooth voice. He’s only 20 but his songs are well-crafted up­beat pop and em­i­nently catchy. Hub­bard, a Gananoque na­tive now liv­ing in Hamil­ton, re­cently re­leased his de­but al­bum “Lu­mi­nos­ity,” recorded in Nashville with pro­ducer Doug Ro­manow. He will be per­form­ing the songs at The Doors Pub, 56 Hess St. S., on Mon­day, 8 p.m., with James Wil­son. Ad­mis­sion by do­na­tion.

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