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Dar Williams
Cat's Cradle, Carrboro
Saturday, May 31

Dar Williams emerged as a compelling singer-songwriter a decade ago with The Honesty Room, which showcased her singular capacity to express both strength and vulnerability with her vocal skills and evocative lyrics. Dar's latest, the musically rich Beauty of the Rain, produced with a powerful set of guests including Bela Fleck, Alison Krauss and John Medeski, demonstrates her maturation as both writer and singer. For more information, call 967-9053. --Art Menius

Anytime in July
Nightlight
Saturday, May 31

According to their Web site, the all-American boys in Anytime in July spend a lot of time going rock climbing, reading Calvin and Hobbes comics and "whackin in the tool shed." But has all that hard work paid off? You'll get a chance to judge when they uncork their hard-driving Gainesville rock. For more information, call 933-5550. --Deb Broderson

James Taylor
Alltel Pavilion
Saturday, May 31

James Taylor didn't write "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (that distinction goes to Paul Simon), but Taylor's Chapel Hill roots have earned him a bridge just the same. In April of this year, a U.S. 15-501 bridge spanning Morgan Creek was dedicated in Taylor's name. Moreover, an exhibition of James Taylor memorabilia is currently on display at the Chapel Hill Museum. Now touring in support of his latest Columbia Records release, October Road, Taylor brings his 10-piece band to Raleigh. For more information, call (919) 831-6400. --Chuck Waters

Two Dollar Pistols with the Sadies
Go Studios
Saturday, May 31

Straight country without the "alt" prefix. John Howie and the Pistols are currently as tight a band as you'll find around here. Canadian roots-alchemists the Sadies move from station to station with Western surf guitar, cinematic instrumentals and smoky white blues a la the Band. For more information, call 969-1400. --Chris Toenes

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