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'70s Soul Jam, Destroyer, Hellcar, Songs for Sixty Five Roses

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The Songs for Sixty Five Roses benefit CD has been out for about a week now, and I hope people are starting to track it down so they can revel in, as the album's subtitle puts it, its reworking of the North Carolina jukebox. To get the word out about the album--and more importantly about cystic fibrosis--13 of the 18 contributing acts are gathering on March 31 for a special acoustic show. Join Katharine Whalen, Chris Stamey, Two Dollar Pistols, Southern Culture on the Skids and a bunch of other gifted and generous musicians at Cat's Cradle. The music starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are $12. --Rick Cornell

In soothing Southern sounds

Speaking of Sixty Five Roses, if your first exposure to Claire Holley happens to be her contribution to the album, you might experience one of those rare double-discovery moments. Her gorgeous and graceful reading of Harrod & Funck's "Lion Song" will leave you wanting to learn more about both the singer and the song. While obviously a skilled interpreter, this Mississippi native has been captivating crowds with her own folk- and gospel-leaning tunes for over a decade. She'll be breaking out the cream of that collection at Chapel Hill's University Baptist Church on April 1 for a show to benefit the Johnson Intern Program. (You can also see her the night before at Cat's Cradle.) --Rick Cornell

In creative x-changes for u creative-class types

Wiki's the word for this first-ever (and maybe not the last) HellCar Creative Summit Conference in Raleigh. It's a chance for the artists among us--the musicians, animators, webmasters and designers of good and/or useful stuff of all kinds--to talk, teach, network, form new alliances, and make friends. Wiki-style means you choose the topics right there; wiki-trained discussion leaders keep it working. (At www.hellcar.com, somebody's planning to talk about "being more like Russell Simmons, less like a starving artist.") Bring a sample--DesignBox will show it at their gallery on South Bloodworth Street on First Friday. Conference is at King's Barcade on Saturday, April 1 from 10:30 am-5 pm. Break for dinner, movie at 7, music at 9, with Sin Eaters and Bad Checks. Free, but why not sign up: apex22@gmail.com. --Bob Geary

In show-soggy shoes

If you base your musical decisions on platitudes, your best bet for Thursday, March 30 would be sitting at home, throwing on some galoshes (it's raining and pouring) and listening to the following mixtape: Destroyer's "Rubies," Ben Folds Five's "One Angry Dwarf," The Minus 5's "The Family Gardner," The Silos' "Title of This Song," The Books' "Motherless Bastard," Destroyer's "Don't Become the Thing You Hated," Magnolia Electric Co.'s "I Can Not Have Seen the Light," I Can Lick Any Son of a Bitch in the House's "Rachel Corrie,"and Beastie Boys' "Intergalactic." Yeah, all of those bands--The Books (NCSU's Talley Student Center), Destroyer & Magnolia Electric Co. (Cat's Cradle), The Silos & The Minus 5 (The Pour House), I Can Lick Any Son of a Bitch in the House (Local 506), BEASTIE BOYS' MIX MASTER MIKE (THE OFFICE) and Ben Folds (Memorial Auditorium)--all play the Triangle in one night. I have no idea which show I will see, but I do know that I hate wet socks. --Grayson Currin

In GAD

The Gallery of Art and Design at North Carolina State University is currently showing the works of John Menapace, Triangle notable and former editor of Duke University Press. Menapace has been something of a recluse, so this show is a rare opportunity to see his work. Huston Paschal, associate curator of modern art at the North Carolina Museum of Art, and photographer Elizabeth Matheson worked with Menapace to select 60 works for With Hidden Noise: Photographs by John Menapace. The GAD is hosting a talk by Raleigh photographer David Simonton on Thursday, April 6 at 7 p.m, and the show runs through May 14 on the second floor of the Talley Student Center. For more info, call 515-3503 or visit gad.ncsu.edu.

In soul originals

This '70s Soul Jam should be spectacular, combining the essential Philly stylings of The Stylistics and The Delfonics with Chicago's inimitable The Chi-Lites and New Jersey's The Manhatthans. Most of these groups have been given a salutary second wind thanks to hip-hop sampling, allowing a whole new generation of fans to reconnect with a wealth of material. Hits you can expect include "Ready or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide from Love)," "(For God's Sake) Give More Power to the People" and "I'm Stone in Love with You." Tickets are $36.50-41.50 for an 8 p.m. show at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. See www.broadwayseriessouth.com for more information. --Grayson Currin

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