Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk
The Pour House—In the music world, just like the rest of the world, there's some pressure to follow in the family business. And when there's a sound or style, or even myth inextricably tied to the family biz—hello, Hank Williams Jr., and Jakob Dylan—the pressure can intensify. Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Ivan Neville, son of Aaron Neville, was not only born into New Orleans' "first family of funk" (as the Neville Brothers are billed) but there's also the legend of his pop's pipes—have you listened to "Tell It Like It Is" lately? But none of that seems to have weighed Ivan Neville down. With Dumpstaphunk, he both embraces his family's musical heritage and extends it, thanks to a willingness to file the good-times funk sound down to a sharper, harder edge. And speaking of kin, Ivan's cousin Ian (son of Art, of the Nevilles and the Meters) is the lead guitarist in Dumpstaphunk—more bloodlines and plenty of heavy basslines. The phunk starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. —Rick Cornell
"Life After Darwin"
N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences—The true nature of humanity is the subject of endless debate, and most recently, a critically lambasted Ben Stein documentary about creationism. But even with evolution as a widely accepted view of the origins of life, is there still more to discover about the connection between science and life? The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences tackles that question head-on with "Life After Darwin: Are There Still Big Discoveries to be Made in Biology?" N.C. State ecologist Rob Dunn headlines the latest installment in the museum's Charles Darwin Lecture Series. Doors open for the free lecture at 6 p.m. To RSVP, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. —Zack Smith
Many Birthdays, The ExMonkeys
The Cave—Swapping boy/ girl leads isn't enough vocal maneuvering for Austin's bilingual Many Birthdays, which trades lines in English and Japanese as well. The East Asian influence (half the quartet lived near Osaka for a bit) also shows up in J-pop flavored tunes like "Minnawa," though Many Birthdays is at its best when operating with a cool detachment on icy electropop ("Rock It") or riding thick, danceable grooves ("Black Crow"). Aided by deft turntable-ism, Raleigh duo The ExMonkeys mixes space-age electrojunk into beat-heavy trip-hop, swinging from branches of desolate down-tempo to full-on party anthems. The double bill gets going at 10 p.m. —Spencer Griffith