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GWB: NEED FOR KEYS

Local jam-rock quartet The Graham Whorley Band is actively searching for a new keyboardist. In an amicable departure, recent ivory-tickler Daniel Walker is stepping aside due to scheduling conflicts (he'll be with the group until they secure a replacement). Whorley and the gang are looking for "serious musicians" to contact the band by e-mail at grahamwhorley@bellsouth.net. Meanwhile, the bandleader himself recently released a 13-song solo album titled State of Affairs. The collection is dedicated to Whorley's late sister Laura Williams. See www.grahamwhorleyband.com for more.

SYRAPHEM RETURN

They're back. Local metal band Syraphem nearly had to call it a day when lead singer Jamon Leveille suffered serious injuries following a car accident last October. Their last show was a nine-band benefit at the Music Farm in November. After several months of recovery, Leveille is back in shape. They return to the Farm stage on Sat. May 5 with support from Order of Chaos, Josephine, and Aftermath. Check www.myspace.com/syraphem for more.

Spec-tators

Fuzzy-faced Charleston pop/rock quartet The Specs want assistance this week as they edit the final scene of their animated clip for "My Love," a new song featured on their forthcoming album, due in June. They look like Fisher-Price people. Bassist and video director Kevin Hanley will accept submissions and suggestions by e-mail at kevin@chordandpedal.com. Check www.myspace.com/thespecs for more.

V-Tones: IV

Happy fourth birthday to totally unpredictable local ukulele/string combo The V-Tones!

MAP: VROOM

Oh-so-plenty happening at the Map Room this week. All-girl, Detroit-based garage combo The Gore Gore Girls headline on Wed. April 25. They describe themselves as "a meeting of the Stooges and the Ronettes" ... we think it's more "the Cramps meet the Runaways at the Russ Meyer film fest." Their new one, released on the Bloodshot label, is called Get the Gore (see www.goregoregirls.com). Nashville Pussy blast it on Fri. April 27 (see story to the left). Indie-rock songwriters John Vanderslice and St. Vincent perform on Sat. April 28 (see Music Board on p. 65). And Montreal-based experimental pop project Sunset Rubdown (featuring Spencer Krug of Wolf Parade — see www.absolutelykosher.com for more) share the stage with Katie Eastburn and local trio A Decent Animal on Mon. May 1. See www.themaproom.net for the entire spring schedule.

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