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YES, PLEASE: K. Sridhar, VHS or Beta, the everybodyfields, Ky-Mani Marley

EH, WHATEVER: Of Montreal, People Noise, Pinback

VS.: Carrboro Music Festival vs. Vendettas Car Show

INTRODUCING: The Cartridge Family

LAST WEEK'S PARTY: John Vanderslice

SONG OF THE WEEK: Zoroaster's "Tualatin"


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K. Sridhar is lauded for his mastery of the sarod, the 25-stringed instrument used in North Indian classical music. Sridhar guides long-form instrumental pieces commonly known as ragas, in a way, he says, that follows the example of a flower opening. NCSU master's candidate Sandeep Hattangady joins on tabla, the traditional accompaniment to sarod. Part of The ArtsCenter's World Arts Festival. $17/ 8:30 p.m. —Chris Toenes

09.27 VHS OR BETA @ LOCAL 506

VHS or Beta jolted hipsters into dance mode with the instrumental Le Funk and '80s dance revival Night on Fire four years ago. The band's latest, Bring on the Comets, trades house-dance for somewhat canned New Wave. Still, the crashing electronics and nightclub glee excel. With Walter Meego and The Ex-Members. $10/ 9 p.m. —Kathy Justice


As charismatic as they are charming on their third album, Nothing Is Okay, Johnson City, Tenn.'s the everybodyfields prove balancing folk sobriety and rock lift is possible and rewarding. Sam Quinn's and Jill Andrews' harmonizing nears Welch/Rawlings and Parsons/Harris status. $8-$10/ 9 p.m. (Preceded by an 8 p.m. set at Schoolkids Records) —Grayson Currin


Often referred to as the "other" music-making son of father Bob, Ky-Mani Marley most recently straddles the line between ruff reggae and standard hip-hop ventures. With Crucial Fiya. $15/ 10 p.m. —Chris Toenes


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Of Montreal frontman Kevin Barnes performs lately like he has something to hide, and that something's certainly not his genitals: Rather, Barnes' February nudity onstage at a Las Vegas gig seems to be symptomatic of the larger gimmicks-over-goods approach the Elephant 6 descendants have pursued for the past several years. A songwriter who once seemed so solid, Barnes now casts back whatever he had for last night's dream or last season's vacation to a wind of listless keyboards and beats, his songs more about the circus he can imagine onstage than actual content. Shame, too, as half of the band's catalogue is sort of brilliant. Sold Out (Quick, make an Outback joke!)/9:30 p.m. —Grayson Currin


Moving against the electro-clash of his former VHS or Beta (see left), guitarist Zeke Buck's People Noise is a boring discourse in mixing grunge's ghost with shoegaze's scepter. Buck's guitar hasn't completely lost its verve, but when paired with dull crescendos and lackluster vocals as it is here, it feels drained. 9:30 p.m. —Kathy Justice


Sure, this year's Autumn of the Seraphs is a good record, but it's the same good record San Diego indie elders Pinback have been making for the past decade. The Rob Crow-complimenting-Armistead-Burwell-over-a-wide-groove approach may have given us winners like "Penelope" and "Offline P.K.," but when is Pinback going to give us anything more than another Pinback record? The live sets operate on that question, too. With MC Chris. $13-$16/ 9:15 p.m. —Robbie Mackey



From: Carrboro
Since: 1998
Claim to fame: Telecasters, Harmonies, Broken Hearts

This is all about music and Carrboro. To celebrate the 10th year of the Carrboro music festival—the annually sprawling Sunday that dots the town with stages and sounds— three exemplary local bands will warm up the crowd for festival eve. The Two Dollar Pistols are North Carolina's best country band, and Tres Chicas are the state's best harmonizing roots/folk-rock ensemble. Splitting the difference musically is Great Big Gone, an outfit with bouts of twang and its own gifted Chica in Janet Place. Starting at 1 p.m. on Sunday, simply wander the streets of Carrboro and hear everything from jazz and gospel to klezmer and dulcimer-driven trance. At CAT'S CRADLE. $5/ 8 p.m.


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From: Raleigh
Since: 2004
Claim to fame: Standup Basses, Quadrajets, Tattoos

This is all about music and cars. The former comes courtesy of the Flat Tires, Blood Red River, Hearts & Daggers and headliners the Straight 8s. That means rockabilly, country, surf and primal rock presented with rolled-up sleeves and Pabst-fueled nerve. But before that are the cars—pre-1967 American-made hotrod customs, to be exact—lovingly showcased in the Hideaway BBQ parking lot. Providing the soundtrack for the car portion is Killer Filler, specializing in pre-1967 American-made instrumentals. At HIDEAWAY BBQ. $12/ Car Show 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Music 6:30 p.m.-closing. —Rick Cornell


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"Rock 'n' roll, rock 'n' roll, rock 'n' roll," offers keyboardist Greg Rice, describing the sound of The Cartridge Family in 10 words or less. That nails the good-time roar and clatter of the band's debut, Here Come the Rock Stars, the sound of four kindred spirits galloping out of the gate. Referents? Try Mott the Hoople in its pint-glass-rattling, "All the Way from Memphis" mode.

After a stint in a collage band that Rice says "ended up being a hippy band," he aligned himself with guitarist Joe Rechel and the rhythm section of drummer Stephen Gardner and bassist C.J. Irwin. Rock 'n' roll cubed ensued, and it continues on the band's upcoming Shine Like a Bottle. Still, album No. 2 shows, dare we say, a lot of growth both in songwriting and performing. "It is about fun," says Rice. "But the more we play, especially on the road, we've realized how important it is to give every show all you've got." Rock with heart, and roll responsibly. 7 p.m. —Rick Cornell



Fans wiped sweat from brows and Vanderslice's shirt was soaked just two songs into his set, but the heat didn't disturb his charm at all. Jovial as ever, Vanderslice led fans (including his mother, plus Dan Bryk, David Karsten Daniels and The Rosebuds) through a career-spanning set, building energy as the audience chanted along to the lyrics of "Sara Shu" mid-show. The evening climaxed in a sing-along with Vanderslice strumming his acoustic in the crowd's center. Closer "Dream Alive" was sincere and soulful, but the audience left sweaty and with stars in their eyes. —Kathy Justice

  • K. Sridhar, Of Montreal, The Cartridge Family, John Vanderslice, Carrboro Music Festival, Vendettas Car Show


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