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Ari Hest, Alana Davis
Lincoln Theatre

I once saw NYC's Ari Hest take requests from a gang of fratty fellas in UNC's Student Union during soundcheck, and he could nail everything they could name: The Cars, Tom Petty, The Lemonheads. A six-string slinger with chops and finesse, Hest is a pop star waiting to happen. Keep it quiet during Alana Davis' set: I once saw her call out a group of like-minded Chi Ohmygahs flapping during her Jack Johnson opening slot. Show's at 9 p.m.; tickets are $8. --Grayson Currin

Sones de Mexico
Carolina Theatre

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo a day early with a fandango presented by this dance and song troupe. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., with kids' activities one hour prior to the concert. Tickets for Fletcher Hall show are $22.20 and $20, children $4 off. www.carolinatheatre.org.

Punky Reggae Ska Dub Party, HR of Bad Brains
Lincoln Theatre

The return of punk pioneer HR of Bad Brains to the Triangle is bound to stir the memories of many locals. Integral to the North Carolina hardcore scene, D.C.'s Bad Brains became peers of Raleigh's th'Cigaretz, and influenced countless groups like our own Corrosion of Conformity. HR will perform Brains cuts and his own material. Monty Morris worked on many important dub-plate reggae records, but has not toured in years. But here they are, thank Jah. Show's at 10 p.m.; tickets are $12. --Chris Toenes

The Lion in Winter
Theatre in the Park

You think your family's nuts? Henry Plantagenet's pesky wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, keeps trying to lead a rebellion against him. He wants his first son, John, on the throne when he's gone. She wants second son, Richard, in his place--and the sooner the better. For complications, add middle brother Geoffrey, who profits the longer things stay up in the air. Just one big unhappy family--all home in time for Christmas. In terms of regional star power, the show features Ira David Wood III as Henry II and Lynda Clark as his, um, doting wife Eleanor. Sparks are predicted. Call 831-6058 for tickets. --Byron Woods

Chapel Hill
Local 506 Anniversary Party
Local 506

Get ready for feral fury and thick sheets of distorted guitar in a maelstrom of chunky, punky rhythms as Local 506 celebrates a year under its new ownership with a free night of all-out rock. Fashion Design has a dark, post-punk sound influenced by Souixsie, Bauhaus and '80s euro-pop. Fake Swedish wends between sunny psych-flavored rumble and Brit Invasion R&B and rock inspired by The Troggs and The Pretty Things. Kung Flude has a hungry, cock-in-the-pocket rambunctiousness that's all punk spirit, and loud, thundering rock. Speaking of loud, raw sounds, the night ends with the Southern-fried, sludge-driven roar of Leadfoot's metal-inflected bastard boogie. The 9 p.m. party is free. --Chris Parker

Alice Gerrard & Friends
Bynum General Store

Although she may be best known for her collaborations with Hazel Dickens, Alice Gerrard's 40-year career is much more. She'll be singing and playing old time music on the front porch at the General Store starting at 7 p.m. Visit www.carrboro.com/bynummusic for directions.

SPCA Benefit
The Pour House

Originally slated for a sunny Saturday at Bickett Gallery, this SPCA benefit still packs the same Lustre (a reunion, that is!) as it did at it's previous location. Schooner will charm you with the affectionate gloss hooks of Reid Johnson, and The Pink Slips will hook you with their theme song ("Hey, Hey! We're the Pink Slips!") and dirty looks. Also on the slate: Velvet, Fashion Design, The Hurt and more. C'mon, help the puppies. The show runs from noon-7:30 p.m. and costs $7. --Grayson Currin

raleighmusic.com Showcase
Berkeley Cafe

Since going online in 1998, raleighmusic.com has worked to connect local musicians with a fanbase and with each other, sharing files to recruit the former and hosting Musicians Wanted and Gear For Sale sections to interest the latter. They'll present a premiere showcase featuring Nathan Davis--who carries a Springsteen husk and a Kinney heart into a blues-had-a-baby paradigm--and 3tet, which is not as much a 4tet spin-off as it is a jazz trio led by guitarist Paul Bomar. Lactose Quervo and Viva La Venus headline. Show's at 9 p.m.; tickets are $5. --Grayson Currin

Butch Walker, The Fags
Lincoln Theatre

Reminiscent of power pop godhead Cheap Trick, The Fags have a bit of crunch under the hood, but generally traffic in canny hooks, bouncing riffs and propulsive rhythms. Sure, they're a little snotty, but they're lovable as well, and are finishing up a debut for Sire (who also signed fellow Detroit rockers The Von Bondies). Butch Walker made his name and a chunk of money with Marvelous 3, but that didn't tame his smart-ass wit, nor quiet his ability to deliver an insistent pop song. Show's at 8 p.m.; tickets are $12. --Chris Parker

The Wells Family
N.C. Museum of History

A true family band, The Wells Family offers a blend of bluegrass, gospel and powerful strong a cappella numbers. This free concert, part of PineCone's Music of the Carolinas Series, runs 3-4 p.m. in the musuem's Daniels Auditorium. Visit www.pinecone.org or ncmuseumofhistory.org for more information.

Chapel Hill
Caribou, The Junior Boys
Local 506

We need an inquiry into the air up there in Hamilton, Canada, the city of 600,000 that is the cradle of such worthy imports as Sonic Unyon, Simply Saucer, The Junior Boys and Dan Smaith, aka Caribou, neé Manitoba. His 2002 electropsycherock beauty Up in Flames beamed blinding sunshine reflected off of glacial pools, but he shed some sheer sonic weight for The Milk of Human Kindness, twisting serial distortions like another Hamilton connection, Four Tet. Show's at 10 p.m.; tickets are $10. --Grayson Currin

Chapel Hill
Kimya Dawson

Dawson fronted the anti-folk outfit Moldy Peaches with Adam Green. After their 2001 debut and EP, the band went on hiatus as both Dawson and Green sought to capitalize on the modest buzz. Dawson chose the naïf-ish charm route, channeling Daniel Johnston-style innocence, and not so much irony as a cynical disaffection. Dawson's compositions are rudimentary in construction and delivery, but make up for it with energy and the disarming, child-like nature of the sentiments. The show's at 10 p.m.; tickets are $5. --Chris Parker

Wednesday next
Chapel Hill
Dexter Romweber
The Cave

Dex's prowess doesn't need over-explanation to locals, but here's a specific reminder: One on one, just him, a guitar and voice that echoes decades of rock 'n' roll spirits, the man's charisma visibly moves, in turns unlike most. Some call it "realness" these days. You have to be there, though. Old-time-influenced singer Shannon O'Connor opens at 10 p.m. --Chris Toenes

British Sea Power
Cat's Cradle

You won't be alone if you find British Sea Power--who echo The Smiths, The Bunnymen and Joy Division--a bit underpowering or underwhelming. But go for the openers: Feist--the Canadian honey-voice who moonlights with her Arts & Crafts/Broken Social Scene pals and an old rooomie named Peaches--co-wrote and co-crooned gorgeously on the best two tracks from The Kings of Convenience 2004 masterpiece, Riot on an Empty Street. Her debut, Let It Die, dips her ambrosia vocals in new-wave/neo-soul production and songcraft. Raleigh psychedelords STRANGE are in rare form. Show's at 9 p.m; tickets are $10. --Grayson Currin

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