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Jill Andrews

The Pour House—With Jill Andrews and Sam Quinn as its core and with the lowercase name underscoring the just-one-of-you-ness of it all, the everybodyfields offered an evocative brand of country music that sometimes elevated the phrase "soundtrack of my life" from cliché to gospel truth. "I think the everybodyfields created strong connections with audience members because the songs that we wrote were so emotional," Andrews says in retrospect. "There was a truthfulness to it, where we didn't really hold anything back. The primary job of music, like any art, is to make people feel something. Anything. If you have that, then you will have fans."

But last summer, Andrews and Quinn disbanded the everybodyfields, adding another turning-point moment to a 2009 that also saw Andrews get married, have a baby boy and release a solo EP that continues the conversations and confessions of the everybodyfields' work. So what next? "I plan to release a full-length album in the fall," she says. "I'm going to continue hitting the road to support the EP. Most importantly, though, I will be feeding pureed vegetables and fruits to Nico three times daily." Between feedings, Andrews will do a 9 p.m. show. Tickets are $8-$10, and Amelia's Mechanics open. See www.the-pour-house.com. —Rick Cornell


Raleigh
Switchblade Sisters

Colony Theater—"So Easy to Kill, So Hard to Love." One of Quentin Tarantino's favorite exploitation films comes kicking and screaming into the Triangle with this 1975 tale of badass chicks thrown into a hardcore detention center. We really can't improve on the narration from the original trailer, which tells how the girls come together to form the Jezebels, the "toughest gang of teenage girls ever to slash their way across a motion picture screen." Oh, and "Mothers, lock up your sons" by 8 p.m., or the $5 ticket for this Cinema Overdrive presentation will expose them to shapely young "bundles of female dynamite ready to explode" on contact with "all the tenderness of a buzzsaw." Not even a roller rink is safe from their violence! And who knows what depravity will be in the classic trailers before and after the presentation? Visit www.therialto.com for more details ... if you dare. —Zack Smith


Durham
Elizabeth Kostova

The Regulator Bookshop—Elizabeth Kostova might be the female Dan Brown. Publishers snapped up the rights to her first novel, The Historian, almost immediately, thinking it was the next Da Vinci Code. The book became highly popular (it debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times' best-seller list), spinning a what-if scenario based on the idea of Dracula being in fact undead and loving it. It also anticipated the current craze for anything sporting fangs and dribbling blood. Kostova's new novel, The Swan Thieves, is a tale weaving together love, history and French Impressionism as it travels back and forth in time. The event begins at 7 p.m. Visit www.regulatorbookshop.com. —Sarah Ewald


Raleigh
Jeannette Walls

Jones Chapel, Meredith College—"Laura Ingalls Wilder for adults" describes Jeannette Walls' latest novel, Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel. Walls, a former columnist for New York magazine and MSNBC, among others, hit it big with her 2005 memoir, The Glass Castle, based on her family history. She returns to similar territory here, loosely basing her narrative on her grandmother, Lily Casey Smith. Quail Ridge Books & Music sponsors the author's Triangle visit. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. event are $5 or free with a purchase of Half Broke Horses. Visit www.quailridgebooks.com. —Zack Smith

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