If you want to hear pop perfection, turn off the radio and turn on The Rockwells. Pay special attention to "Lonesome No More," the second spin from the Knoxville quartet's eighth outing, Tear It Down. Despite production from Superdrag dude Don Coffey Jr., these too-good-for-radio nuggets--precise, charming and ebullient--somehow manage to maintain a playful those-kids-in-the-garage innocence and enviably sharp hooks. I won't miss this show. Free/10 p.m. --Grayson Currin
Durham's Jim Haverkamp and Winston-Salem's Brett Ingram bring Monster Road back home after a year winning prizes and acclaim at film festivals around the world--most spectacularly at Slamdance a year ago. Their portrait of underground animator Bruce Bickford will play for one night only, and Haverkamp will be on hand to discuss the film. $7.25/7 p.m.--David Fellerath
Coach Dean Smith
Barnes & Noble (Streets of Southpoint)
As a coach, Dean Smith was hard to beat; as Joe Citizen, he's been an outspoken opponent of the lottery. He's also kept a low profile since walking away from the court. But you can catch Coach Smith at a book signing of The Carolina Way at 7 p.m.
Transportation, Mowing Lawns, Jule Brown
This fine mix and match of Chappies runs the gamut from Transportation's fist-in-the-air rock anthems to the noisy abstractions of Todd Emmert and Mowing Lawns. In the early shift, witness Chapel Hill group Jule Brown's sublime take on the country blues. 7:30 p.m./10 p.m. --Chris Toenes
Fanny and Alexander
N.C. Museum of Art
The career of Ingman Bergman is filled with highlights, so it's hard to recommend one film over another. Still, Fanny and Alexander holds a special place in the canon, for it's simultaneously his most accessible work and arguably his most personal. The title notwithstanding, this turn-of-the-19th-century story is mostly concerned with the coming of age of young Alexander, a son of well-bred but impecunious actors in close proximity to money, culture and, unfortunately, religious piety. Tragedy strikes, and the young lad is forced to contemplate playing the role of a real-life Hamlet. The Museum of Art is presenting a brand-new 35 mm print today at 8 p.m. $5, $3.50 students. --David Fellerath
Camper Van Beethoven
When indie superstars Camper Van Beethoven decided to take a little time off, a decade passed before they reunited. Guitarist David Lowery filled in the time with his band Cracker. They describe their latest release, New Roman Times, as their "prog rock concept album," with the main character a fundamentalist Christian Republic of Texas soldier who helps blow up a disco after an encounter with space aliens. Who said prog rock had to be serious? $15/9 p.m. --Grant Britt
With vocals and looks as angelic and gentle as they are powerful and captivating, 20-something jazz vocalist Jane Monheit, who has been likened to Ella Fitzgerald and Eva Cassidy, provides crucial nourishment for her jazzaholic audience as she moves soulfully through an eclectic amalgamation of cover songs ranging from Cole Porter's "In the Still of the Night" to Joni Mitchell's "Case of You," of which every note is nurtured. $28.50/8 p.m. --Tasha Petty
The Chris Stamey Experience
The Pour House
Call it a flexible recording style. Travels in the South, last year's superbly crafted release from Southern pop patriarch Chris Stamey, was a couple years in the works. His new covers-heavy, rock-out A Question of Temperature (including songs by the Yardbirds and Television) was pretty much made over a long weekend with help from pals Yo La Tengo and others. $8 advance/7 p.m. --Rick Cornell
Pedro The Lion
Every year, David Bazan's Pedro the Lion plays the Cornerstone Music Festival, a predominately Christian affair in Indiana. But Bazan has never been sure of much in the way of religion, despite a never-quite-resolved faith in God. Through the flak from the oft-cynical indie music press, Bazan presses on managing an honest, intense and introspective craft, debating his religion as it relates to his person--from politics and touring to sex and whiskey. --Grayson Currin
Boys are threatened by his ooey-gooey good-looking wimpishness, and girls--at least a large majority of the folk indie fanistas I have talked to--want to get in his pants. Whatever the reason, musical or otherwise, Conor Oberst, lead singer of Bright Eyes, has weaseled his way to the front and center of the indie rock stage, and he doesn't seem to be leaving any time soon. But he might not be back on the Raleigh stage for another show for a while. $19 advance, $21 day of/8 p.m.--Tasha Petty
Bobby Bare Jr.
An Opry-stage vet at an early age alongside his country star pop, Bobby Bare Jr. began phase two of his music career with an eponymous outfit whose sound was half Nashville bar band and half arena rock. These days, he and his Young Criminals' Starvation League use pop melodies and Staxy horns to enliven their quirky folk rock. $8/10 p.m. --Rick Cornell
Martin Street Music Hall
The tattered shoe of a "Dylan-esque songwriter" fits with Jolie Holland. After eschewing college for a coming-of-age spent traveling in the smoldering Southeast, Holland founded the Be-Good Tanyas and recorded Catalpa, a solo collection of demos crafted with a rag-tag ensemble of friends full of the literary allusions and mythical powers that she skipped in college and learned on the road. Magnetically psychedelic folk songs crooned by Devendra Banhart with pigtails and an ineffable sweetness. --Grayson Currin
Whether you're a traditionalist and subscribe only to the 118-year-old oracle of Gobbler's Knob known as Punxsutawney Phil or you've joined the locals who purport that Raleigh's Sir Walter Wally is a more accurate predictor of winter's progress, this is your day. Phil's site is www.groundhog.org. Wally wants North Carolina schoolkids to help him at www.naturalsciences.org/education/groundhog. Check out www.groundhogsday.com/groundhogcentral.php for predictions from regional Rodentia like Florida Phyllis, California's Chuck Wood and Louisiana's Pierre C. Shadeaux.