N.C. Beach Music Day
Dig out yer topsiders, Raleigh, 'cause it's time to shag (that means dance, sonny). To celebrate the state's distinctive R&B coastal heritage, Beach Music Association International has lined up an impressive set of originals from the heydays of swayin' to the surf. Performers include Main Ingredient's Cuba Gooding, Bill Pinkney from the original Drifters, Sammy O'Banion, The Tams and others. The free show is from noon to 3 p.m. Check out www.bmai.net for details.
Really bad at spelling and really good at rockin', Chapel Hill's Valient Thorr is "the best band on the planet that is not from this planet. They're from the planet Venus." Origins aside, Valient cock rocks out a balled-up, bodacious braggadocio of futurock with ballistic power, metal shredding and mercenary shrieking. Their Total Universe Man, due out in June, is as close to a punk opera as you're likely to get, and it will have no trouble making the live jump. See them before they join The Warped Tour this summer. Eddie Taylor's new Electric Sunshine pops the top. --Grayson Currin
If you're looking for a cheap peek at Capitol Opera Raleigh's take on Gounod's Faust, you're in luck. The company holds an open dress rehearsal at 7:30 p.m. on the Meredith Collge campus. It'll cost you $10 to see the show. Regular performaces follow May 27-28, also at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for those are $15, $12 students and seniors. Call 469-0600.
Dynasty, Dynamite Brothers
Dynasty hails from NYC and mix experimental, borderline-jazz methods with electronic pop, but don't hold it against them. Seth Misterka's sax, guitar and computer blip all coalesce with Jennifer DeVeau's caterwaul, rocketed at the libido and cerebral cortex simultaneously. N.Y.-with-N.C.-roots rockers Gold Streets and our own soul strutters, Dynamite Brothers, open at 10 p.m. Tickets are $5. --Chris Toenes
Randa McNamara & Scott Pollard
A good song is a good song, and few 20th-century composers penned more of them than Cole Porter. Hear his best along with bygone hits by Irving Berlin and others at the Durham Arts Council. This $10 show starts at 8 p.m. Call 560-ARTS or go to www.durhamarts.org for more information.
Kick The Future
The Pour House
As a carpetbagger of recent vintage, one of the more curious bits of area musical folklore is the ballad of Robert Kirkland. He formed Arrogance with Don Dixon and rocked the region in the '70s and early '80s. They never made much commercial headway despite a couple of record deals, and consequently their legacy got muddied by the Southern pop renaissance that Dixon helped usher in. Undeterred, Kirkland took another shot, uniting with Arrogance drummer Scott Davison and guitarist Terry McInturff--in short, Kick the Future--before deciding cabinetry was a more lucrative pursuit. Thankfully, Kirkland's come out of retirement, offering hope for those who, like me, have endured the reverential tones and misty-eyed genuflections of local graybeards and want to see for ourselves. --Chris Parker
Joe & Jo's
Inspired by the local likes of Caitlin Cary, Thad Cockrell and the Brown Mountain Lights, this four-piece formed two years ago in Chapel Hill. Here's guitarist Brian Frazelle's crack at a 10-words-or-less description: "Bright, melodic and energetic roots-inspired rock and pop music." Come out at 9:30 p.m. and decide how close he came. --Rick Cornell
Sunday Music Series
There hasn't been this much brass on the village green since The Kinks released Preservation: Act 1. The Triangle Tuba Quartet and Brass on the Side provide the low and mellow as part of the Southern Village Sunday Music Series. The free show runs 5-7:30 p.m. on the green at Market Street.
Francophilian goth freaks turning Baudelaire poetry into fleet-fingered guitar rock, Véronique Diabolique is led by the sweetly seductive Dominique. They'll be playing with Glissade, the Triangle's newest noise-inflected minimalism ensemble, who unleash whirling maelstroms of likely rock instruments in unlikely patterns. Amsterdam duo zZz headline.
The Pour House
Left to her own devices, Lovewhips' frontwoman Erin Harpe sings country blues. But when she hooks up with bassist Jim Countryman, MicL Potvin on keys and percussionist Art McConnell, it sounds like the B-52's meet King Sunny Ade: Afro-reggae pop with a Southern accent. Dancing your ass off is the most common reaction. The free show starts at 10 p.m. --Grant Britt
Coral Reef Adventure
With temperatures headed up, it might be time to take an IMAX splash into the world of coral reefs. Visit Australia's Great Barrier Reef, Fiji, Tahiti and the mysterious depths of Rangiroa Atoll. Plenty of oxygen for all, and you won't even need a towel. Total immersion for around $14.
Waszak is of both Japanese and Appalachian descent, but she was essentially born from the turntable of two record store employees. Her honeyed vocals dip and swerve with casual precision, slaloming through a landscape of misfortune. Like a creaky porch floorboard, there's an air of inevitability and acceptance winding through the stark, acoustic guitar lines, carrying the burden of its heavy heart like a badge. Waszak's somber country waltzes reiterate the timeless complaint--"la plus ça change," finding some hope in the "more it stays the same" half. The show's at 10 p.m. --Chris Parker
N.C. Symphony Play with the Pros
This is the eighth annual Pros concert, featuring a full program by the symphony led by Grant Llewellyn, including pieces from Strauss' Prince Methusalem and Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Then more than three dozen of the finest local players take the stage for a side by side performance with the symphony. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the free show starts at 7 p.m. Visit www.boothamphitheatre.com for more details.
The Remix Project
White Collar Crime
In case you missed 'em at the big beat showdown over the weekend (Saturday, May 28 at Cat's Cradle), you can catch The Remix Project laying down the groove on the first Wednesday of every month at White Collar Crime.