Why is Lynn Blakey not famous? There's really no good reason. She's a wonderful songwriter and a drop-dead amazing singer with a voice that will grab you around the heart and not let go (and you won't want it to, either). Her new mini-album "Meadowview" sounds like the next best thing to being on her porch for a hootenanny, and you can get an approximation of that Sunday at Raleigh's Berkeley Cafe. Blakey and her fiddler husband Ecki Heins share a bill with Lake Street Dive . Doors open at 7 p.m., and $10 gets you in. See berkeleycafe.net for more details.
Megafaun's Phil Cook has a new solo album, the release of which he'll mark at Durham's Motorco Music Hall tonight with Annuals; Birds & Arrows also have a new record, which they'll play for you live Saturday at Chapel Hill's Local 506; Shayne Miel makes a triumphant return to performing with his band Future Kings of Nowhere (after a long hiatus to undergo treatment for lymphoma) Saturday at Motorco; and Third Eye Blind headlines the latest Band Together charity show Saturday at Raleigh's Lincoln Theatre with Lonnie Walker and Dillon Fence.