Cy Rawls Has a Posse Benefit Show: Polvo, Etc.
Cat's Cradle—"I basically have a plethora of Polvo songs in my head all day, which is awesome, and that hasn't really changed since the early '90s," wrote Cy Rawls last week, posting for the first time to cyrawls.blogspot.com, the site several of his friends started after he was diagnosed with a brain tumor in mid-July. For the better part of two decades, Rawls has given Triangle bands his best, showing up at multiple gigs on any night of the week, writing about them in the Spectator, spinning their tunes on WXYC and WXDU, and stuffing their discs into envelopes while interning at Merge. Since his sickness, they've given back: A benefit at Slim's with Grass Widow and Crossed Eyes two weeks ago raised nearly $2,000, and nearly a dozen benefits are on the books for the next month. This one could barely be more perfect: Magic Babies' psychedelic-in-the-garage shimmy offers a melodic aperitif; Raleigh hardcore-with-feedback masters Double Negative complete a two-night Cradle stand after opening for the Melvins the night before (see page 37); from its comic-book name to its own battles with physical health, Fin Fang Foom knows about overcoming odds; and Dave Cantwell of Durham No Wave super-agents Cantwell, Gomez & Jordan started Cy's blog with his wife, Kerry. And don't forget, of course, the resurrected Polvo, the band playing in Rawls' head: The band's first Triangle show in nearly a decade sold out in advance, and the quartet will spend the rest of its vacation days playing big festivals north and east of its Triangle home. Who knows when an opportunity like this will pass our way again. Pay $15 at 7:30 p.m. —Grayson Currin
Meg & Dia
The Brewery—Following in the stylistic footsteps of Dashboard Confessional, Meg & Dia fashions swooning emo pop with broad, all-the-way-to-the-back-row emotionalism. Yet what comes off as mawkish and femme from Chris Carraba's mouth sounds remarkably appropriate coming from a pair of cute Korean-American sisters. The pair's best tracks, like "Monster" and "Indiana," boast enough gutsy drive to make the cardigan set bite their lips. They could be Heart in 30 years, though we'd probably wish them better. Pay $10 at 7:30 p.m. With Jonezetta, Josh Moore and Dropping Daylight. —Chris Parker
North Carolina Museum of Art—In her first show in North Carolina, artist Julie Mehretu explores a vision of the urban landscape in City Sitings. Using architectural drawings superimposed with banners, flags covered in logos and maps containing graffiti, she explores globalization and how cities are built, destroyed and transformed. Born in Ethiopia, raised in Michigan, educated in Senegal and a resident of New York City, Mehretu brings a vision that can only come from true cosmopolitanism. The exhibit opens today and runs through Nov. 30. —Jessica Fuller