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Delegate at Nanci Raygun

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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