In terms of raw sales, 1984's bombastic "Born in the U.S.A." is Bruce Springsteen's signpost album. In some ways, however, 1982's quieter, more modest "Nebraska" has lingered far longer. You don't hear anybody covering "Born in the U.S.A." in its entirety, but "Nebraska" was the subject of a very fine tribute-album remake, 2000's "Badlands." A similar live tribute happens tonight: "Deliver Me From Nowhere," with members of Red Collar, Rosewood Bluff, Midtown Dickens and Mt. Moriah covering "Nebraska" songs. It's at the N.C. School of Science and Math in Durham, and the program includes a screening of Terrence Malick's 1973 film "Badlands." Proceeds benefit the Coalition to Unchain Dogs and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice.
Our expatriate homeboys in Valient Thorr are back in the Triangle on Saturday night to open for Mastodon at Raleigh's Lincoln Theatre (see Page 1D); the great Leon Russell's rescheduled Lincoln Theatre show happens Sunday; the reconvened Alice in Chains play Raleigh's Memorial Auditorium on Wednesday, with Shooter Jennings opening; and the right-nasty Cannibal Corpse play Thursday at Raleigh's Volume 11 Tavern.