Contributors: Rick Cornell (RC), Grayson Currin (GC), Kathy Justice (KJ), Ian Miller (IM), Chris Parker (CP), Dan Strobel (DS), Chris Toenes (CT)
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Notes: Bring your own beer. All ages. $8.
Kindle Field, the debut record from Raleigh trio Gray Young, is a promise to which the Triangle scene should pay attention: Well paced post-emo played with taste, timing and intelligence, Gray Young makes sadness sound like soaring. Jimmy Eat World choosing a different adventure. 8:30 p.m. —GC
Leeds lads (and a lady) on tour, The Lodger is a catchy four piece indie-pop band with Franz Ferdinand guitars brimming with boyish vocals and youthful naiveté. Not all Bowie, but not all bad, either. 9:15 p.m. —DS
THE FUTURE KINGS OF NOWHERE
Frenetic acoustic strums backed by a tight electric rock band and led by guilty-as-charged words about looking for love and excitement, The Future Kings of Nowhere fall proudly into the gap between emo assertiveness and singer-songwriter craftiness. A bit like The Mountain Goats with fewer devices and more full-out desire. 10 p.m. —GC
Featuring members of ex-indie rock favorites and current bluegrass leaders, Fontana sounds a bit like Neil Young's On The Beach with a dose of levity, especially on the mostly fragile, partly funny "Landlocked Teenagers." Expect pedal steel moans and ice cream sandwiches? 10:45 p.m. —GC
An acoustic-pop act buttressed by strings and the sweet sting of boy/girl hamonies, Luego is a new one to watch in Durham. Part of the band's smarts lies in its balance between warm, folksy Dylan-esque rock-economics and the solid build of weepy symphony strings. 11:30 p.m. —KJ
Notes: 21 and over. Free.
A Triangle songwriter with a percussive, acoustic feel and endearing songs. 9 p.m. —GC
Summer pop from Greensboro arrives just in time for fall. Like a less spastic Rogue Wave, Citified combines the lightest touch of shoegaze with romantic lyricism. 9:45 p.m. —IM
Playful in a K way but with an imperative Durham toughness, Beloved Binge bounces and pops through songs about coffee and food and living. Drums and guitars and all assortments of other treats. 10:30 p.m. —GC
BULL CITY HEADQUARTERS
Notes: All ages. No alcohol. Free.
Anaturale bumps queer-positive hip hop delivered on the gritty Anticon tip. Whether riffing on gender roles and the prefix "trans-" during "Transmission" or the meta-implications of a hook during "Never Even Meant," Anaturale charges hard. 8 p.m. —GC
New Hampshire's Nicky Click has a new single and record called I'm On My Cell Phone. Beneath her humorous lyrics sung in her nasally voice, throbbing dance beats come capable of setting it all into a dance commotion. 8:30 p.m. —DS
SAWTEETH MCTWEEDY AND THE PARTICLES
Outsider poetry/insider sounds: Using piano, acoustic guitars, horns and percussion to bend folk structures into shifty props for shambolic reels on society, spirituality and expectations, Sawteeth (featuring Independent contributor Ruth Eckles) proselytizes a creation liberation. 9 p.m. —GC
Lam! Lam! is the dance-rock extravaganza of one Betsy Shane, who splits her performances between guitar playing to big-beat backing tracks or dancing and singing to the same. Songs about sex and disappointment with the ones who used to bring it. 9:30 p.m. —GC
THE SCOTT WAITE DEBACLE
This Durham upstarts churns Replacements-style rock with serrated guitars and vocals sporting an accusatory sneer for lines like "Jesus doesn't love you anymore"—and, alternately, "Fuck you/ Fuck you" repeated ad infinitum. Stiff! 10 p.m. —GC
This Durham rap trio has a disjunctive pulse that blends the tinny trill of videogame sound effects, old Casios and eerie horror film soundscapes. It's a disquieting yet entertaining pastiche. Good times. 10:30 p.m. —CP
DIRTY 5 THIRTY
A lithe Chapel Hill hip-hop crew with live instrumentation, Dirty5Thirty lays a funky backbone for the rhymes of Gknow, which are steeped in pot-confirmed swagger. 11 p.m. —CP
BROAD STREET CAFE
Notes: All ages. $8.
This threesome takes punchy power-pop seriously: With sugary hooks and Superdrag-sized guitar jangle, The Pneurotics add Southland sparkle with wistful twang. 8:30 p.m. —KJ
A Carrboro sextet, Oscar Begat swings its folk rock between a G.Love-like vivacity and a Cat Stevens-like passion. These textures come from violin, horns and co-ed harmonies, and the words come with youthful yearning. 9:15 p.m. —GC
Dan Bryk doesn't need this endorsement: He's got Ron Sexsmith and Fountain of Wayne's Chris Collingswood singing his praises on the cover sticker of his album Lovers Leap. Bryk realizes hooks plus chuckles is a nice formula in moderation (Too Much Joy sometimes lived up to its name), but the real clincher is his hooks plus heartbreak (heartwound, perhaps) recipe. The occasional song about a North Carolina Commissioner ("Cherie Berry") helps, too. 10 p.m. —RC
This female-fronted Chapel Hill sextet makes keyboard-centered pop that canters and sways to folksy jangle and Brit Invasion bounce. It's a well-crafted sound aided by an all-star lineup of locals, including members of Hotel Motel, Audubon Park, Erie Choir and Razzle. 10:45 p.m. —CP
GAMBLING THE MUSE
This Carrboro alt.country band infuses its roots music with a bleak intimacy and a healthy dose of twang. Gentle and warm, Gambling the Muse writes music from its heartbreak for your head. 11:30 p.m. —KJ
MARVELL EVENT CENTER
Notes: 18 and over. $8.
High-energy folk with a joyful spirit and a hint of jam, Glorydive's hand drums will be familiar to fans of Guster. 9 p.m. —IM
Epic-aimed, prog-influenced rock from Chapel Hill, Expire turns heavy things into extended reveries with twisting guitars (Pelican) and sailing Brit rock vocals. 9:45 p.m. —KJ
A Charlotte sextet with a lust for metal, Livalie unleashes anvil-heavy chords over wistful piano, skittering drums and pretty-boy whines. Evanescence sans goth-girl melodrama? Yes. 10:30 p.m. —KJ
Plow-and-growl thrash out of the Capital City, Armored Uprise blitzes through songs about being over it and being way into chicks who are way into evil. Terminal velocity at terrific volume, Armored Uprise occasionally coalesces into stop-groove motion or simple-shred solos. Lotta party in a little time. 11:15 p.m. —GC
ALIVIA'S DURHAM BISTRO
Notes: All ages. Free.
THE WATER CALLERS
"Durham, you can't mistake it/ Durham, you hear it clear as day/ Durham, you can't replace it/ That's where I work and I play." So goes the last cut on the debut from The Watercallers, two indie rock guys bowing to the state's mountain music traditions. Sing along, now. 9 p.m. —GC
A Durham duo that's mean and lean—just like its raspy-throated, foot-stomper called "Weary"—Sequoya seeks solace in minimal guitars, banjo and purely burning vocals. 9:45 p.m. —KJ
Dylan Gilbert's brand of indie-pop bristles between acoustic warmth, electric fuzz, garage riffs and singsong quirk. Call him Carolina's Ben Kweller. 10:30 p.m. —KJ
Exploring small grooves with a minimal toolset, Noncanon pens foreboding songs at just-above-dirge tempo. Somewhat like slacker rock, Noncanon uses discord and space to its advantage. 11:15 p.m. —IM
An acoustic guitarist from Greensboro, Doughtery plays the sort of strident, intimate confessional folk that bears the staid, steely gaze of his influences: Sun Kil Moon, Grant Lee Phillips and '70s singer-songwriters. Seems nicer than Kozelek, though. Midnight. —GC
Notes: 18 and over. $8.
THE LATE VIRGINIA SUMMERS
Building atop cinematic melodies with loops, drones and interlaced percussion, these Northern neighbors showcase a sonic bravura that links them to Do Make Say Think, Boom Bip and Tortoise. Think big. 9:30 p.m. —GC
Durham's composer collective released its first CD this year and just played a new music festival in Tribeca. If you've never seen pulsoptional, it's the only game in town for live, avant garde music performed by conservatory- and self-trained masters. A must-see set. 10:15 p.m. —CT
JEW(S) AND CATHOLIC(S)
Assembling a post-punk feeling from atypical devices, upright bassist Alanna Meltzer teamed with vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Eddie Garcia to form a duo whose sound outweighs its roster. Heavy lyrics float on a bed of e-drums and keys. 11 p.m. —IM
Used to be that "new" rockers—hardcore dudes in the '80s and neo-punks in the '90s—didn't admit their penchant for all those metal bands they listened to in high school. Dave Bjorkback, the old Torch Marauder who now leads Grappling Hook, is a joyful exception. 11:45 p.m. —CT