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Raleigh

LYNYRD SKYNYRD

ALLTEL PAVILION--As major-shed rock shows go, this summer gets zanier by the month: First, goth pioneers Bauhaus opened for Nine Inch Nails in the daylight, several weeks before The Black Crowes decided people liked them enough to see them in amphitheatres (The Stupid Family Robinson, perhaps?). Now, in this latest one-two-three-huh?, the adulterated Southern rock soldiers of Skynyrd share the Alltel stage with 3 Doors Down, one of the most banal modern rock bands to emerge ever. Skynyrd shares little with Mississippi's 3 Doors aside from a Southern heritage. That's something they barely share with California cowboy Shooter Jennings, the son of Waylon and Jessi. When I asked him what he thought of his upcoming tourmates earlier this year, he just laughed. So will you. In fact, this may be the comedy event of the year. The 6:30 p.m. start will run $23.50-$65. Ha! --Grayson Currin

Cary

GUSTER

KOKA BOOTH AMPHITHEATRE--Guster has a song called "Satellite," which would be a simple statement of fact if only another bigger, frat-leaning band (and former Guster tourmates) called the Dave Matthews Band didn't. Guster borrows heavily from the organic rock approach of the long-standing Charlottesville faves, and, like DMB, they've now added new members for louder sounds. But a million dudes with popped collars will swear it's different because the drummer doesn't use sticks. Heavy! Sub-Pop openers Fruit Bats have always shown promise, at least. Singer-songwriter Ray Lamontagne, who will steal the bill's middle and likely the whole show if the audience just listens, could be headlining Koka Booth this time next summer, after the world hears his startling second record, Till the Sun Turns Black, due in August. Tickets are $33 for the 6 p.m. show. --Grayson Currin

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