This strange troika of North Carolina bands pulls from both the east and west. Winston-Salem's Estrangers have worked hard to push their saturated pop beyond Love Language comparisons without forsaking the melodies at the songs' center; this year's Season of 1,000 Colors gets them closer to their own brand than ever before. Meanwhile, Wilmington's Onward, Soldiers expand outward from a bristly alt-country core, adding the grit of The Replacements and the stoner canter of Tom Petty in turn. Museum Mouth hails from the coastal Tar Heel town of Southport, but don't expect pleasant beach vibes here. Their three-piece punk is flustered and caustic even when it's catchy, like No Age pouting in the corner.