Gavin DeGraw with Sister Hazel and Virginia Coalition
Tuesday, July 29, 8 p.m.
Given Gavin DeGraw's warm, dopy grin and his nonchalant, slightly goofy mannerisms, you'd probably never expect that DeGraw--a 26-year-old multi-instrumentalist with a voice as rich and languid as that of an Allman Peach--is the next piano-wielding star of Top 40 radio. With a storyteller's wit and charm that manages to avoid folk didactic and with chord progressions that pay homage to Steve Perry while remaining thankfully free of ballad cliches, DeGraw--whose J-Records' debut, Chariot, was released yesterday--may be big. No, he will be huge. Sister Hazel headlines. Virginia Coalition opens. --Grayson Currin
Primordial Undermind with ST 37 and Robot Vs. Rabbit
Tuesday, July 29, 9 p.m.
The Undermind and ST 37, two Austin-based purveyors of psych-rock, are coming to shake the walls at Carrboro's Nightlight. The former works in straight heavy guitar workouts, while the latter takes the drone vibe out toward Krautrock freaks like Amon Duul or Can. Not be left out, the Kannapolis, N.C., openers Robot vs. Rabbit keeps the local head trip fires burning. For more information: 933-5550. --Chris Toenes