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Joe Scudda, Chaundon, Jozeemo, M-1 Platoon; more

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Raleigh
Joe Scudda, Chaundon, Jozeemo, M-1 Platoon
The Pour House—Surprisingly, this isn't Joe Scudda's celebration party for winning the Longest Rap Career Without Ever Releasing An Album Award. Oddly enough, Scudda has way more than an album's worth of rap grub to satisfy an underfed crowd, and—tonight—he won't hide behind release dates or production schedules. Scudda's Hall of Justus chum and Justus League lieutenant, Chaundon—energized off of the recent release of his long-awaited LP, Carnage—will be lambasting-off as usual, alongside Bull City's "b-boy bully," Jozeemo. As official NC hip-hop aldermen, they'll be teaching 9th Wonder's newest broods, M-1 Platoon, how to tear down a live show. Or maybe it'll be the other way around? Drop $7 at 10 p.m. —Eric Tullis


Durham
Jeremy Packer
Regulator BookshopIn his book Mobility without Mayhem: Safety, Cars and Citizenship, Durham author and N.C. State professor Jeremy Packer dissects American culture through the lens of the automobile industry. As he discusses driving stereotypes and the contradictions in Americans' perception of automobile culture, in a March review in this newspaper, Gerry Canavan argues that the book pays too little attention to the historical forces that led to the explosion of the automotive industry. Packer discusses his book tonight at 7 p.m. Visit www.regbook.com or call 286-2700. —Megan Stein


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Chapel Hill
Samantha Crain & The Midnight Shivers
Local 506—The concern with a singer-songwriter like Oklahoma's Samantha Crain is that she will get washed into the tide of her own comparative distinction: A Choctaw Indian living in Shawnee, Crain will doubtlessly get compared to fellow Native American Buffy St. Marie, even though Crain's lush, liberally risky folk is far removed from either end of St. Marie's own dichotomous career. And there's the question of Crain's voice, this strange warble that's both angled and curved, bouyant and heavy: Her inward intonation and sometimes thin tone will earn comparisons to Joanna Newsom, while the dreamy moments where it sounds like Crain is singing with her eyes closed will inspire invocations of Jolie Holland. But Crain is capable of becoming her own comparison, and The Confiscation, her debut EP to be released by Ramseur Records July 22, makes big promises for the 21-year-old. "I'm pulling coins from my socks to buy you a drink/ because you'll only hold me when you're not thinking," she sings at one point. Indeed, Crain combines generous country lope with canny outsider brandishes, suggesting an edge that St. Marie discarded at the start of the '70s—or, alternately, that Holland has never really had. Kennebec opens at 9:30 p.m. for $8. —Grayson Currin

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