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The daily guide to life in the Triangle

Wednesday
Raleigh
Big John Thompson & The Rhythm Brothers
Loafers Beach Club

"Big" John leads this three-horn strong R&B machine that adds wallop to classics by Rufus Thomas to Prince, plus an original or two. The show's at 8 p.m. --Eric Weddle

Thursday
Chapel Hill
Piss-Up
Fuse

Catch whichever phase of this eclectic set of local platter spinners (DJs Admit It, Yugen and Jason Perlmutter) suits you best, or ideally, hang around for the whole genre-shifting night. Yugen's mix of rockist and neo-wave bumps heads with Admit It's disco and house bangers, with a shot of funk and soul from JP, likely regional rarities and crate-digging gold. Show up at 10 p.m. --Chris Toenes

Durham
Jonny Lang Acoustic Band
Carolina Theatre

Emerging in the mid-'90s with the high tide of teenage blues "men" captained by Derek Trucks, Lang has expanded his palette beyond those initial blues influences. For Lang that meant a move toward more of a rock approach on 2003's Long Time Coming than evidenced on his first couple studio albums. It was indeed a long wait for the album, as it ended a five-year absence during which Lang improved both his singing and songwriting. While the lyrics are still rather callow if not shallow, the real emphasis belongs on Lang's supple playing, which includes crisp solos that don't outstay their welcome. The show's at 8 p.m.; tickets are $28. --Chris Parker

Friday
Carrboro
The Avett Brothers, Just About to Burn
The Artscenter

If you check these pages frequently, you're aware of The Avett Brothers and their string-threatening, good-time old-time music. Now it's time to get acquainted with Avett pals Just About to Burn. The Brooklyn-based trio, led by the punk-seasoned, Daniel Johnston-schooled Paleface, somehow make acoustic country blues sound like hooky pop. Catch 'em both starting at 8 p.m. for $14. --Rick Cornell

Chapel Hill
Rural Route Film Festival
Murphey Hall

No, we're not talking Ma and Pa Kettle, but rather a collection of films and videos dedicated to depicting slightly more real versions of rural life--from an organic turnip farm in West Virginia to rocking out among the cornfields. The free festival is sponsored by UNC's ScreenArts series. Visit www.unc.edu/screenarts for details and directions.

Saturday
Raleigh
The Greatest Hits, Bleeding Hearts
Kings

The Greatest Hits rhythms rev like a muscle car and the riffs rumble over bar chord bangers with the enthusiasm of a Fox pundit on a crusade. If The Greatest Hits roar like Mustangs, then The Bleeding Hearts are the cherry red Pontiac Firebird displayed prominently in the high school parking lot. The shiny chrome is hot-blooded, adolescent lust, with Cheap Trick's Robin Zander on the stereo imploring desire, as the pot smoke drifts from the windows back to classic AOR radio. Pony up your $5 and cruise along starting at 10 p.m. --Chris Parker

Raleigh
Home Grown Music Party
The Pour House

Leeway's Home Grown Music Network, the Mebane-based promotion and general word-spreading group, is celebrating 10 years on the map with an anniversary concert featuring Green Lemon and SeepeopleS--two new artists on the network. The show starts at 10 p.m. and costs $5, with free barbecue and plenty of celebrating ahead of time. --Chris Toenes

Sunday
Raleigh
Steve Howell Band, Brown Mountain Lights
The Pour House
Steve Howell co-founded Triangle alt-country leading lights the Backsliders, ultimately playing the honky-tonking yin to Chip Robinson's Crazy Horsing yang. These days, he's hooked up with some other talented local veterans to serve up exemplary country rock. Twang-poppers Brown Mountain Lights, a talented-vet-stocked outfit in its own right, open. The show's at 7 p.m. and costs $6. --Rick Cornell

Chapel Hill
Polish Festival
Hanes Art Center

This second day of the first Polish Festival in the Triangle features the films Segment 76 (1:30 p.m.) and Squint Your Eyes (4 p.m.) along with assorted delectable foods and beverages, plus kids' activities too. The festival runs today from noon to 6 p.m. and is free (donations accepted). The celebration continues from yesterday--call 929-1244 or visit www.polamrtp.com.

Monday
Durham
Memory exhibit
Museum of Life and Science

Duke University's Department of Psychological and Brain sciences presents a series on the development of memory, examining how easily memory can be fooled into remembering events differently than the way they occurred and remembering events that never happened. The first of the two, on April 4, deals with memory errors and illusions. The second, on April 18, deals with childhood development of memories and how we come to associate senses with objects and vice versa, and how these almost unbreakable associations go on to influence our perceptions of the world as adults. For more program details, call the Museum at 220-5429 or go to www.ncmls.org.

Tuesday
Chapel Hill
Sunburned Hand of the Man, Christina Carter
Nightlight

If you're down with this one at all, and/or with the more-than-welcome home for improvisation and experimentation that Nightlight has provided in its two-year stand, you're already familiar with Massachusetts' Sunburned Hand of the Man, a paranormal side-trip of the psyche. The treasure of the night, though, is Christina Carter, who pauses from her Charalambides work for a solo set of elemental, acoustic guitar jazz as heard on the gorgeous Living Contact. John Wilkes Booze founder and recent Raleigh arrival Eric Weddle emancipates his noise electronically. The show's at 10 p.m.; tickets are $5. --Grayson Currin

Raleigh
Smokey Joe's Café
BTI Center for Performing Arts

Renditions of '50s and '60s classics by ace song-writing team Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who penned hits "Stand by Me" and "Jail House Rock." Continues through April 10. Ticket info and times: 834-4000 or www.broadwayseriessouth.com. Performance at 8 p.m. --Eric Weddle

Wednesday next
Carrboro
...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of the Dead
Cat's Cradle

One-time Merge act ...Trail of the Dead landed near critical-darling unanimity with 2000's Source Tags & Codes, but--with this year's entry, Worlds Apart--the reviews have been equally consistent in assessments of stagnation-mediated mediocrity. Still, these brainy prog post-punkers realize that the only thing better than an album that's an opus is an album of interwoven opera, pushed along on strings, samples, sneer, scholastic symbolism and exploding snares. Know them at 9 p.m. (for $13). --Grayson Currin

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