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Drew Emmitt Band
The Pour House

Drew Emmitt, Leftover Salmon's mandolin slinger, has a new get-up with his Drew Emmitt Band, who just released their second album, Across the Bridge. Banjoist Chris Pandolfi studied with masters Trischka and went to Berklee as the school's first banjo principal. Guitarist Ross Martin and Greg Garrison on bass round out this hyper-bluegrass band. Tickets for the 9 p.m. show are $10. --Jon Ross

Bickett Gallery

These transmigrating souls include several Raleigh like-minded folk: associates of STRANGE joining the ubiquitous Crowmeat Bob on horns and guitar. Don't be surprised if some other guests join in the melee. --Chris Toenes

The Pour House

This Massachusetts groove-rock trio blends elements of reggae, pop and straight-up rock for a funky good time. Featuring Will Bradford on vocal pipes, drummer Tim Haney and bass man Dan Ingenthron, SeepeopleS formed from the ashes of Cosmic Dilemma, once of Naked Ear fame. Tonight's concert features the resurrection of the original lineup, not the backup band Bradford toured with for close to two years. The ensemble released two albums, For the Good of the Nation and The Corn Syrup Conspiracy, and is touring to support the latter. Tickets are $5 for the 8 p.m. show. --Jon Ross

Blues After Hours with Jasmé Kelly
Blue Sports Bar Jasmé Kelly solidified her skills as a blues and folk songwriter in Durham several years ago, both as a member of the African American Dance Ensemble and as a recipient of an Emerging Artist Grant from the Durham County Arts Council in 2001. Her vocal range allows her to move through funk and R&B and belt out rock numbers with equal finesse. What better way to get ready for the Bull Durham Blues Fest, coming in September? Located in the Durham Hilton at 3800 Hillsborough Road; the show begins at 6 p.m. and is free. --Chris Toenes

Filmmakers Film Series
The weekend's big event for adventurous cinephiles and animation lovers is the Filmmakers Film Series, a highlight of Hillsborough's monthly Last Friday celebration. Popular Duke professor Matt Cartmill will take a break from studying the evolution of primate anatomy to give a presentation on the evolution of animated film. Cartmill's program will draw on obscure gems of this art form, including cel animation, drawings on paper, computer graphics, puppet animation and paint on glass. The program will be screened after the Last Friday music at 9 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge on West King Street in downtown Hillsborough. --David Fellerath

Summer Metal Showcase
Lincoln Theatre

Been pondering the state of Carolina's metal scene? A 31-flavorsesque assemblage of 10 bands will raise horns and goblets at Summer Metal Showcase. While some may pass this over as a hair-bangers ball, take note: It is not only void of jean jackets and pomp but also crowned with black/death metal purveyors. Raleigh's Soulpreacher--who've released an album on Frank Koizk's Man's Ruin imprint--and Dreamscapes of the Perverse both incite damning doom, though the former cast a classic, almost melancholy shadow while the latter's team of keyboards and guitar adds melodic swirl to the blackened Norwegian vibe. Music begins at the very un-metal time of 3 p.m. and continues into the witching hour. Tickets are $10 at the door. --Eric Weddle

Old Favorites, New Forms
Chicken Bridge Pottery

When musing about his work, Rusty Sieck refers to the liveliness of the pottery he creates. After manipulating a slab of fresh clay and molding the earth into a new form, Sieck sees the pot as a fellow being. His summer kiln opening will showcase pots, bowls, plates and jugs that have been accentuated with a fluid paint style marked by the natural drip of the liquid. The studio is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a repeat showing Sunday. Check out the map at www.chickenbridgepottery.com. --Jon Ross

Chapel Hill
John Wilkes Booze

"Brothers and sisters, imagination will win again!" If that's true like they posit in an organ-, drums- and boy/girl-shouting-led skronker from their spontaneously sold-out, mind-expanding, limited-run LP The Heliocentric Views of..., then John Wilkes Booze may be a band that predicts the techniques of the eventual champions. To describe what they do as skronk or no-wave is to simplify it, nearly to kill it: John Wilkes Booze doesn't fit a genre as much as it follows a quest to create one from dozens, a quest that they haven't yet nor probably ever will finish. Noise washes, playful saxophone squawking, brass band chorus lines, mod march, psych-soul bass 'n' organ thumps, and anxious vocals in one inclusive jam. $5 gets you in for a 10 p.m. start with In the Year of the Pig and more. --Grayson Currin

Jon Shain
Weaver Street Market

With his facility across folk, country, bluegrass and blues styles, Shain recalls John Prine, and like Prine, he is a talented writer whose charms reside both in the songs and the way he sings them. Shain's tenor croon is a lot more velveteen than Prine's, but whether fingerpicking a bubbling ballad or delivering a slow-cooked folk-blues jam, he infuses the songs with an easy-going vibe that's hard to resist. His third album, Home Before Long, is now out. Today's show is from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and is free. Shain also plays the Saxapahaw Rivermill on Saturday from 6-8 p.m. --Chris Parker

Summer Selections
Gallery C

Bringing a bit of color to the sometimes somber Raleigh landscape, this exhibit focuses on three artists from as far away as Canada and as close as Hillsborough. Each painter utilizes a different style when bringing landscapes to the canvas, but they all use a proliferation of color. Jean Jack paints barns and old farmhouses but spins the color wheel to the left, creating neon mustard grass. Gordon Jameson also liberates his pigments, molding lush, flowery garden scenes full of reds, greens, oranges and pinks. Jack Zhou photographs with his brushes, using a naturalistic approach to capturing beach tableaux. The exhibit runs through Sept. 6. --Jon Ross

Bright Leaves
Carolina Theatre

In a downtown dominated by red brick buildings--remnants of the tobacco industry's prevalence in Durham--Brightleaf Square stands as a reminder of the past. Now crammed with specialty shops and swank restaurants, the square has all but erased its previous image. Ross McElwee, whose father helped create "Bull Durham" tobacco in those very brick buildings, revisits tobacco's smoky past in his 2003 documentary Bright Leaves. Focusing on the crop's status and history in North Carolina, it is as much a personal story as it is a state historical document. McElwee delves into his own familial past and how the drug brought addiction to the household. The free screening at the Carolina Theatre--with McElwee in the house--starts at 7 p.m. --Jon Ross

No Wax Night
The Federal

Bringing music to the masses in more ways than one, tonight the Federal lets club attendees spin the tracks. This idea is either pure gold or riot-worthy. Interested music aficionados should bring an mp3 player loaded with three kickin' tracks to the venue and get ready to throw down. Sign up starts at 9:30 p.m. and the craziness begins at 10. The Federal is an equal opportunity club, so all artists and genres are welcome, just not Kenny G or 9th-century organum. --Jon Ross

Wednesday next
Chapel Hill
Chris Stamey & Roman Candle
McCorkle Place

When Roman Candle's major-label debut hits shelves hopefully sometime late this year on Richard Branson's post-Virginity V2 Records, expect the buzz to be deafening. Their basement-made indie entry Says Pop was hailed by one writer as the best album of 2002, and nearly everyone that's heard the reworked version raves about it, including producer Chris Stamey. In essence, it's a tall tree of jangly pop, brilliant melodicism serving as the rich soil around its '65-'66-'86-fertilized roots. Candle will open for Stamey, who--what with the golden horizons of Roman Candle and the reunion of his pop starship, The dBs, in September--may have another fine year that's been long in the making. This free show on the UNC-CH campus starts at 7:30 p.m. --Grayson Currin

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