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Counting Crows
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Counting Crows, Maroon 5
Walnut Creek Amphitheatre—Though finding pity for someone who's been making records in or around the public spotlight for 14 years, dated Jennifer Aniston and toured with The Rolling Stones seems difficult, the perpetual plateau of Adam Duritz and his Counting Crows is a sad state: The band's melodramatic roots anthems have been sharing amphitheater co-headlining slots since 1997, when it split a bill with the then-fresh-faced Wallflowers. Split bills with Live, John Mayer, The Goo Goo Dolls and now Maroon 5 have followed. If anything, respect the band for hanging on, despite no substantive radio success since 2004's "Big Yellow Taxi" cover and a new double-disc concept album that misses almost completely. Maybe it's the hair that's doing the hanging on? Sara Bareilles opens; Maroon 5 headlines. Pay $19.87-$126 at 7 p.m. —Grayson Currin

Scott Miller & The Commonwealth
Berkeley Cafe—Scott Miller sometimes seems like an alternate reality John Cougar Mellencamp, only instead of scoring a Chevy commercial like "Our Country," Miller's paean "Freedom's a Stranger" invokes a pretty girl, a Chevy Citation and Springsteen. Backed by the Commonwealth, Miller jangles and twangs more than Mellencamp's heartland rock, but the spirit's the same. Each traces American lifeblood, though: The 18-wheelers coursing cross interstates, railway cousins, the bitter failures, hopeless resilience from decaying industry towns, failing relationships. Like the Boss, Miller taps a mythic universal ache that knows there's something better out there, even if it's just the memory of another time. Miller led Knoxville roots rockers the V-Roys in the mid-'90s, and his band still generates plenty of electricity live, as evidenced by last year's sizzling concert disc, Reconstruction. Pay $12-$15 at 8 p.m. —Chris Parker


Immortal Technique
Cat's Cradle—Concurrently making his rounds touring on both the Rock The Bells International Series and his own promotional tour for his latest retail release—this time in the form of a DJ Green Lantern-assisted mixtape-manifesto, entitled The 3rd World—the Afro-Peruvian, revolucionario rapero, this week Immortal Technique brings his campaign and soapbox in tow to Carrboro in hopes of recruiting more like-minds. Intensely picking up where subversive hip-hop voices like dead prez and The Coup left off, he's hip hop's newest superdelegate gadfly, who's unwilling to let the contagious allure of Obamania derail and threaten the continuance of militant, political thought. If you've found yourself sitting around lately, brewing over core issues like "crucified revolutionary messiahs" or "immunizations filled with mercury," then maybe a little bit of rebel-laced reinforcement is what you need. The show starts at 9:30 for $12-$15. —Eric Tullis


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