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Midtown Dickens - PHOTO BY LISSA GOTWALS

Durham
MIDTOWN DICKENS CD RELEASE
305 SOUTH—Perhaps the band that best captures the upstart energy of Durham's music scene right now, there's nothing perfect about Midtown Dickens except everything: Kym Register and Catherine Edgerton (an Indy contributor) make an alleged anti-folk aesthetic glow, writing great songs and laying them out nice and simple. Their debut, Oh Yell!, is a charming, sprawling contender for summer-soundtrack status. The 16-band bill starts at 2 p.m. It's the party of the year, featuring Kimya Dawson, Bowerbirds, Cantwell, Gomez & Jordan and more. Cover charge is $5-$10. —Grayson Currin

Bynum
HAW RIVER FESTIVAL
OLD BYNUM BRIDGE—The Haw River will be the ever-moving accompaniment to the annual Haw River Festival. Filled with music, art, food and a slew of kid (or adult!) activities, such as chalk drawing on the bridge and catching critters in the river, there also will be a canoe raffle and a silent art auction. For info, visit www.hawriver.org or call 542-5790. —Megan Stein

Raleigh
54° 40' OR FIGHT! PARTY
BICKETT GALLERY—The guitar-pop anthems of Schooner have been a staple of Bickett since the start. Ironic, then, that the group's last show at the Five Points space is a celebration with Alina Simone and Paper Airplanes, two acts on Schooner's new label, 54° 40' or Fight! Show starts at 9 p.m. —Grayson Currin

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