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Attention, Sharpie: Think your markers are long-lasting? New York's Permanent Me is givin' them a run for their money with their indelible music, an eclectic blend of indie rock and atmosphere. Pop's (1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois; 618-274-6720; www.popsrocks.com) showcases Permanent Me's durability on Thursday, August 31, at 7 p.m. with Boys Like Girls (the most earnest vocals since Chris Carrabba) and Scenes from a Movie (post-hardcore with impressive musical dexterity). $9 to $11.
Attention, Fall Out Boy fans: You've exhausted your copy of From Under the Cork Tree and you're achin' for new dance-dance fodder? Quietdrive's Kevin Truckenmiller is Pete Wentz's vocal doppelganger and his tunes are just as infectious. So, sugar, swing down to the new Creepy Crawl (3524 Washington Boulevard; 314-531-3888; www.creepycrawl.com) on Friday, September 1, for an early show at 5 p.m. Quietdrive performs with local bands Eyes Catch Fire, Whisperfall and Fair Enough. $8 to $10.
Attention, United States: You voted her in, now reap what you sowed. American Idol Carrie Underwood is bringing her sugary-sweet country-pop soprano to town. Let Jesus take the wheel to the Savvis Center (1401 Clark Avenue; 314-622-5454; www.savviscenter.com) on Friday, September 1, for the 7:30 p.m. show. $52.50 to $62.50.
Attention, musical militia: David Fricke of Rolling Stone once opined that Great Crusades lead singer Brian Krumm was "Tom Waits and Axl Rose's love child." The St. Louis-associated band holds a CD-release party at Blueberry Hill's Duck Room (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-727-4444; www.blueberryhill.com) on Saturday, September 2, at 8 p.m. The guests of honor play with ambient locals Ghost in Light and Robynn Ragland (an endearing cross between Lisa Loeb and The Murmurs). $6.