When: Sat., Jan. 12, 4:30 p.m.-1 a.m. 2013
Some free jazz, some distant drones, some modern composition, some indie rock, some folk meditations, some post-rock and some pure anger: The inaugural Tar Heel Sound Fest aims to put a little of everything (well, a little of the aforementioned niches) in three Chapel Hill rock clubs, with the aim of one ticket allowing concertgoers to sample the sounds at their leisure. Eighteen acts comprise the schedule, which co-founder Bruce Stevens says was inspired, in part, by the observation that "the area has an amazing amount of musical talent across genres. Many groups do not get nearly the audience they deserve."
Pay special attention to the incessant restlessness of Le Weekend, the singer-songwriter bounty of Corey Pallon and the open-ended explorations of jazz veteran Jeb Bishop. Most of the acts are local, but there is one especially noteworthy tourist on the slate: Pittsburgh's Microwaves camouflage tightly coiled compositions in an illusion of chaos and noise, vitriol pouring from red-hot amps and battered drums. —Grayson Currin
Price: $5, $9, $12