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It's a little difficult to pin down the music of singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Cole Guerra. If pressed, he might tell you it's "midtempo alternative pop," and I don't think I could come any closer, although I'd be tempted to work in the words "intelligent" and "moody." It's also difficult to pin down Guerra himself: The Durham-based artist has played as many shows out of town as he has in town since moving to the Triangle a few years ago. Those travels have found him sharing bills with fellow ace melodicists Freedy Johnston and Amy Rigby, and earnest popsters the Push Stars. You can catch Guerra at Cary's Six String Café on June 27 before he takes off again, this time to New York City to record a follow-up to his self-produced All This and More, with J.D. Foster, whose production credits range from the rustic (Richard Buckner and The Schramms) to the avant-garde (guitarist Marc Ribot). Call 469-3667 for details. --Rick Cornell

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