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YES, PLEASE: Joe Pernice, John Wesley Harding, Rick Moody, Goner, Gray Young, J Kutchma, Perfume Genius, Nightlight Anniversary Party, Saint Solitude, The Wigg Report, Some Army, Orquesta Gardel, Lilac Shadows, Kimya Dawson

VS: Luego vs. Grant Hart

VS: Jeffrey Lewis vs. Viking Moses



YES, PLEASE...

03.30 JOE PERNICE, JOHN WESLEY HARDING, RICK MOODY @ LOCAL 506

Like many people who master one kind of writing, Joe Pernice also excels at another. Among the very best pop songwriters out there (try the Pernice Brothers' 2006 Live a Little), he has also published two strong works of fiction. Appropriately, he brings two other hybrid writer/ musicians: novelist Rick Moody (The Ice Storm), who also writes and records songs, and "gangsta folk" artist John Wesley Harding, aka esteemed English novelist Wesley Stace. Each man plays solo, but don't be surprised if they cross-pollinate one another's sets—or if a reading breaks out. $15/ 8:30 p.m. —Adam Sobsey

03.30 GONER, GRAY YOUNG, J KUTCHMA @ KINGS

Just after openers Gray Young successfully raised $5,000 through its own Kickstarter campaign, longstanding Raleigh pop-rock act Goner launches its own online fundraising conquest. With two songs-in-progress from its upcoming fourth LP, Faking the Wisdom, streaming on Bandcamp and an $8,000 goal, Goner's grandest project to date involves both lush instrumentation (with guests on cello and tuba) and the band's first vinyl release. As for the preview songs, "River Town" injects a poetic, Michael Stipe-like imagery into a Darkness on the Edge of Town rock ballad, while the pensive title track matches chiming pianos and abstract synths with asymmetrical percussion. J Kutchma and the 5 Fifths open. The show is free to anyone who's already donated; otherwise, remember that this long-running trio of Raleigh pop advocates is making a new LP. $5/ 9 p.m. —Corbie Hill

03.30 PERFUME GENIUS @ MOTORCO

Pointing toward a rarified crossroads between Antony Hegarty, Sufjan Stevens and Sparklehorse, Seattle's Perfume Genius makes very quiet songs seem very powerful. On the excellent Put Your Back N 2 It, leader Mike Hadreas makes each note and every line feel essential, his tender voice delivering sweet sadness with the most delicate blows. His old friends in Parenthetical Girls open with complicated pop that splits the difference between being ornate and economical; an excellent bandleader, head Girl Zac Pennington suggest Beirut's Zach Condon bringing his interests back home. Cassis Orange opens. $10–$12/ 9 p.m. —Grayson Currin

03.30-31 NIGHTLIGHT ANNIVERSARY PARTY

The two-day ninth anniversary celebration of Chapel Hill arts space Nightlight is a perfect summation of the club's creed: From the triumphant sex-politics of Shirlette & the Dynamite Brothers to the wonderfully dopy rock jams of Last Year's Men, and from the flickering instrumental hymns of Zomes to the blasted No Wave throwbacks of Ed Schrader's Music Beat, the lineup (like the club hosting it) is essentially a platform for really great bands to do whatever they want. Check indyweek.com for the complete lineup, as Nightlight seems to be having some Web-related issues. 9:30 p.m. —Grayson Currin

03.31 SAINT SOLITUDE, THE WIGG REPORT @ MOTORCO

Six weeks ago, someone broke the lock off Saint Solitude's Asheville practice space. By the time guitarist, songwriter and founding member Dup Crosson returned, approximately $5,000 of his gear was gone. Thanks to Dupfest—a benefit in the mountains to help Crosson close the gap between his insurance payout and the actual value of his lost gear—he may be playing an actual replacement for his beloved stolen Telecaster rather than a loaner by the time he gets to Durham. Yet even as he recoups bits of gear, time will tell whether the restless Crosson is running on borrowed optimism. Tonight, Saint Solitude's introverted Corgan-worship shares a bill with Durham's Wigg Report, a triumphantly rollicking trio bound to afford anyone a little gusto. $5/ 9 p.m. —Corbie Hill

03.31 SOME ARMY @ THE CAVE

"Some Army started as a recording project and turned into a band," says lead singer Russell Baggett. Formed in early 2011 by local musicians known for The Honored Guests and Aminal, Some Army has only released a single 7-inch. Those three tracks warmly balance earnest melodies and psychedelic crescendos, juxtaposing the economy of that release with an ambition of sound. "I'm always thinking about recording," admits Baggett, who says the band's been slowly accumulating songs for a few releases over the coming months. "Right now, I like the idea of putting out batches of songs that fit well together without the headache of working on a full-length for months/years and being totally tired of it by the time it's released." 10 p.m. —Ashley Melzer

03.31 ORQUESTA GARDEL @ CAT'S CRADLE

Orquesta GarDel remains the Triangle's biggest and most dynamic Latin band. The 13-piece is first call with area dancers, and its original studio EP, Lo Que Tú Querías, earned critical acclaim last year. For its Cradle debut, GarDel plans a few instrumental tweaks: Pete Kimosh plays an electric upright baby bass, favored by salsa dancers for its step-lively sound, and Brevan Hampden debuts a Cuban-style timbales/drum kit hybrid. Outcome? "The modern, funky stuff just got way funkier," says keys wizard and co-leader Eric Hirsh. A full complement of the area's finest horn players, percussionists, backup vocalists and improvising soloists makes tonight a major dance-floor alert. $10–$12/ 9 p.m. —Sylvia Pfeiffenberger

03.31 LILAC SHADOWS @ KINGS

In previous projects, Sam Logan has erred on the side of pop orthodoxy, letting bright hooks beam with a little too much polish and perfection. In Lilac Shadows, though, he and a crew of excellent backers refract the rays a bit, letting melodies anchor six-minute explorations rather than three-minute exercises. This music is immersive and addictive, baiting you back toward its heat-wave radiance with songs that stick. Tonight they'll release the promising Shallow Madness EP through fantastic local imprint DiggUp Tapes, and they'll be in good company: Airstrip's coiled hooks come with more wallop than necessary (which is appreciated), while Jenny Besetzt warps its songs with warmth. David Mueller spins records between sets. 10 p.m. —Grayson Currin

04.03 KIMYA DAWSON @ THE ARTSCENTER

Though Kimya Dawson's appearances on the platinum-selling Juno soundtrack shot the underground singer-songwriter to relative and brief stardom in 2008, the success did little to change half of what used to be the band Moldy Peaches. Though there's a slew of guest spots on her latest, Thunder Thighs, Dawson sticks to her tried-and-true stream-of-consciousness lyricism for silly, lighthearted ditties and devastatingly intimate confessions. Fellow anti-folk icon Paleface—whose 2010 Ramseur release One Big Party is aptly named—stays sunny on his rambling roots tunes. Revolving lo-fi Seattle collective Your Heart Breaks, fronted by Clyde Petersen with occasional contributions from Dawson, also opens. $12–$14/ 8:30 p.m. —Spencer Griffith


FRIDAY, MARCH 30

LUEGO

From: Durham
Since: 2007
Claim To Fame: Ambling power pop

One of Luego's greatest strengths is that, while they could loosely be described as indie folk, their music doesn't lend itself to easy categorization. Arrangements don't follow linear paths, and songs disappear into blind alleys only to emerge on the other side of the block moments later. Built on fetching melodies and shaped with strong harmonies, each wayward song has a dense pop nugget at its core. Frontman Patrick Phelan leads jangling rockers, moody keyboard-driven meditations and loose-limbed country-soul with a gently wheedling tenor twang. Each of their three releases improved on the last, raising expectations for the forthcoming third LP. With the Bayonets and the Old Quarter. At SLIM'S. $5/ 9 p.m.

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GRANT HART

From: St. Paul
Since: 1979
Claim To Fame: Snake-bitten Hüsker Dü co-founder/writer

Known as "the Hüsker hippie" thanks to his long hair and penchant for taking the stage barefoot, Grant Hart also wrote very open-hearted songs whose tone sharply contrasted co-songwriter Bob Mould's more biting manner. Though Hart's first post-Hüsker releases as Nova Mob were decent, Mould proved a more polished media operator and received a lion's share of the post-breakup attention. Hart's last new album, 2009's very good Hot Wax, ended a 10-year hiatus. Last year, the wonderful retrospective Oeuvrevue showcased Hart's developed blend of noisy, tuneful licks and heady, generally hopeful songs. Hart still taps the bountiful spirit that forged "The Girl Who Lives On Heaven Hill," meaning that, especially in small spaces, he provides enough legendary swagger to top the talented Luego crew. At THE CAVE. $7/ 10 p.m. —Chris Parker


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4

JEFFREY LEWIS

From: New York City
Since: 1997
Claim To Fame: Prolific anti-folk artist in more ways than one

It's a battle of skewed folk visions, and the winner takes Durham for the night. When Jeffrey Lewis is not making music, he's most likely drawing; to wit, he titled an early album The Only Time I Feel Right Is When I'm Drawing Comic Books. He's even crafted his own comic series, and also lent his pen to other musicians' projects, including the Mountain Goats. His charming art adorns the covers of his albums, which feature songs similar to the clever faux-naive stylings of anti-folk contemporaries The Moldy Peaches, except with the potty-mouthed outbursts swapped for an earnest streak that would make a "true folkie" proud. With James Mathis & The Summer Snow and Dead Sea Sparrow. At MOTORCO. $7/ 8 p.m.

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VIKING MOSES

From: Missouri
Since: 2003
Claim To Fame: Devendra Banhart associate still keeping it real

Brendon Massei's association with Devendra Banhart is mostly limited to a contemporary outsider-folk compilation curated by Banhart (which also featured Joanna Newsom, Iron & Wine and Antony Hegarty). But despite the much lower profile, the music made by Massei and his ever-changing group of associates under the moniker Viking Moses deserves to stand in such austere company. The rocking-chair creak in Massei's voice lends his sparse and delicate music a comforting weight, as though he's telling only you the cosmic secrets he keeps. That quality puts his work miles beyond the awkward cleverness of Jeffrey Lewis. With Billy Sugarfix, R. Mutt and Mother McKenzie. At THE PINHOOK. $7/ 9 p.m. —David Raposa

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