Sure, there are plenty of great shows you could catch around the Triangle tonight, but none deserve your attendance more than a five-deep bill of top-notch local indie rock at Tir Na Nog. It’s more than just another great line-up trotted out by the downtown Raleigh pub that has become known for its weekly Local Band-Local Beer series: all proceeds from the $5 cover charge—totally a bargain for this stacked roster—benefit HopeLine of North Carolina, a twenty-four hour crisis line that fields calls on suicide, child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault and substance abuse, amongst other issues. The non-profit also lends an ear to teenagers through a round-the-clock hotline and makes daily check-in calls to senior citizens who live alone.
Tir Na Nog’s Chris Tamplin explains the non-profit’s urgent need for funds: “Hopeline relies on public funding as well as private donations, and with the economy the way it is, a lot of people aren’t opening up their wallets to charities.” Tamplin added that Hopeline representatives will be in attendance to provide information about the organization’s programs, answer questions, and collect donations above and beyond the five-spot collected at the door. “Hopeline really needs the help. They’ve been around since 1970, and to lose an organization like this would be devastating to our community.”
Even if it wasn’t a benefit, this event would still deserve your attention. In the second spot, bouncy pro-pop/anti-folk scene leaders The Future Kings of Nowhere plays its last full-band show in the area before frontman Shayne O’Neill moves to New York City. They’re bookended by a pair of indie pop sets: synth-centric Terpsikhore noobs On Photon bats leadoff at 9:30 p.m., while Chapel Hill’s power-pop princes (and princess) I Was Totally Destroying It follows the Future Kings. Durham’s Hammer No More The Fingers are in the penultimate slot, pulverizing its pogo rhythms with power trio crunch, while Lonnie Walker wraps the night up, blending ramshackle Americana with raring indie rock.