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This week, Gordon Keil of Local 506 hosts an art-pop-rock show featuring Velvet and special guests Niedermeyer, along with local visual artists Amelia Burch, Todd Emmert, Esteban Monroy, Jaishree Hart, Fernando Linhares, Garry Boyce and Isabel Finch. The Chapel Hill-based Velvet's new CD, which includes three tracks produced by Mitch Easter, features the band's diverse style of alternative and organic rock, late '70s new wave, and traces of country. The purpose of the show, according to organizer Jane Francis, is to unite local artists and musicians, exchange ideas and fans and to create immediacy about an evening of art. Francis says that the impetus for this show was frustration over missing so many great local shows. "Within the local performance and artistic communities, we've all expressed a desire to attend each others' shows but often found ourselves busy with our own rehearsals," Francis says. "This event will help bring our artistic expressions closer together." The event takes place Thursday, May 9, 9 p.m. at Local 506. Call 942-5506 for details.DiamondDiamondDiamondPedro the Lion (pictured), the alter-ego of singer-songwriter David Bazan, returns to the Triangle with a brand-new album, Control (Jade Tree), which Bazan recorded at his home studio (also named Control) in Washington, D.C. The disc, Bazan's third, examines America's "haves and have nots" and the national obsession with materialism--perfect fodder for his emotive and melancholic vocals, sparely enhanced by quiet strumming punctuated by searing guitar shards. Control also shines from the input of bassist/keyboardist Casey Foubert and drummer Trey Many, injecting some of the tracks with a rock edge. Also on the bill is Sub Pop artist Damien Jurado, another emotive singer-songwriter whose disc, I Break Chairs, was produced and engineered by none other than Bazan at Control studio. See both acts this Wednesday, May 8, at the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro. Bring a hanky and a close friend. Call 967-9053 for details.

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