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My friend was still far better off than her counterparts in the 1860s, who would have been lucky to get any news at all. at the time of the civil War, which commenced 150 years ago this month, communication technology was still being developed, and the telegraph was the fastest way to spread news among different areas of the united states. the steampowered printing press also gave americans access to the war on an industrial scale. in a lecture today, unc professor eliza richards discusses how journalism of that era changed america’s perceptions of the war, and how it revolutionized the news industry. the free talk begins at 2 p.m.; visit ncmuseumofhistory.org. —Lauren Shute

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that’s as caffeinated as it is inebriated. bare Wires chase ’60s mod rock with a large helping of fuzz, balancing chiming, reverb-laden vocals with slashes of piercing guitar. the $5 show gets started at 11 p.m,; visit nightlightclub.com. —Jordan Lawrence

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Tuesday 4.5 raleigh senses Fail Brewery—With their generic, angst-laden love songs and high school-grade poetry, increasingly banal breakdowns, tired screamo moves and “rebellious” use of profanity, senses Fail are training warpaint Wheels rock. it’s fine for teens with sensibilities shaped by third-wave emo-core wannabes. at least they’re not as lame as victory’s latest batch of acts, or as tuneless as bands like a static lullaby and escape the Fate—but that’s praise faint enough to be translucent. there are some hooks and undeniably hefty guitars, if your standards are low. With the ghost inside, Man overboard and transit. pay $14 at 7 p.m.; visit brewerync.com. —Chris Parker

kings—psych rock has its pitfalls. perhaps owing to the specificity and amorphous forms of the subgenre, we see the sad proliferation of derivative acts such as sleepy sun. though it’s not a psychedelia-specific problem, it’s especially tough in this genre photo by Matador records because the songs can be so very long. but enough of that noise: Warpaint takes a tricky aesthetic and does it right. Maybe it’s the mantric, groove-oriented cooperation between Jenny lindberg’s bass work and stella Mozgawa’s drumming. Maybe it’s the three-part harmonies that bring in old-world folk mysticism without sacrificing rock grit. ultimately, we should probably thank them for making a psych record that isn’t crowded with durham extended guitar solos. pvt & Family band open at 9:30 luego p.m. tickets are $12 in advance, $14 day of show; visit motorco—this is the first of four consecutive kingsbarcade.com. —Corbie Hill Wednesdays in which luego will play Motorco, as raleigh the durham popsmiths take up residence at the geer Jimmy thackery street watering hole for the month of april. With southland Ballroom—if you love blues, you an all-star ensemble backing the savvy songwriting already know Jimmy thackery. lead guitarist for of patrick phelan (who also occupies the weekly blues road dogs the nighthawks, thackery cut the sunday brunch slot throughout april, solo), luego c(h)ord a quarter-century ago after a 14-year stint, sports the skill to execute phelan’s immaculately and has been running wild ever since. his solos are crafted arrangements and hummable melodies. hurricanes on rails, furious storms with hairpin turns, With a full band in tow, drughorse czar Jeff crawford stunt-driver spinouts with a powerful melodicism opens with tunes as genuine and warm as a fresh reminiscent of stevie ray vaughan. his rhythm secbatch of homemade cookies. each Wednesday tion is smooth and welcoming as velvet. thackery’s residency show is free and begins at 8 p.m.; phelan’s raspy (and thankfully infrequent) vocals hardly hold solo sunday gigs start at 2 p.m. visit motorcomusic. a candle to his playing, but you wouldn’t complain com. —Spencer Griffith that houdini can’t do card tricks. i’m not convinced durham there’s better honky-tonk guitarist on the circuit the Bronzed chorus, Falcon arrow today. tad Walters and bullfrog Willard Mcghee open. tickets to the 9 p.m. show are $10 in advance, the pinhook—greensboro band the bronzed $12 day of show; visit southlandballroom.com. chorus has long promised a new ep, one showcasing —Chris Parker drummer hunter allen’s four-bit atari sounds and guitar effects. While multitasking isn’t a huge deviation—the instrumental duo’s original drummer, brennan o’brien, pulled double duty on chapel hill keys and kit—the new pieces jaunt into dancier los naturales, Bare wires territory than the post rock-meets-pop punk of the first two lps. so where’s that ep, fellers? opening is nightlight—With los naturales and bare Wires, the stylistically similar Falcon arrow, a drums-andthe names should tell you exactly what’s coming: bass duo from Minneapolis that plays like a strippedgarage rock that’s rough, raw and catchy as hell. los down Maserati. Falcon arrow also incorporates naturales are unfettered, with screeching guitars televisions that may or may not work into its set, careening through dirty, darting riffs. bolstered by which may or may not be awesome. pay $5 at 9 p.m.; mostly incoherent shouts and tenacious rhythms, visit thepinhook.com. —Corbie Hill their sound is a tantrum of deliciously low fidelity

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