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July 10, 2014

The best rock picks, July 11

Schoolkids Records in Raleigh is marking its 40-year anniversary with a free live-show blowout featuring Drivin' N Cryin', The Baseball Project, Six String Drag and others.

Even with the music industry at large still gasping for breath, Raleigh's independent-store holdout Schoolkids Records is still hanging in there. The store survived relocation away from Hillsborough Street (displaced by a hotel-building project) to its current Mission Valley digs, and it's marking this summer's 40-year anniversary in major style - with a live-show blowout featuring a terrific lineup playin' real good fo' free on Sunday. Venerable loud/proud rockers Drivin' N Cryin', alternative-rock supergroup The Baseball Project, reconstituted '90s-era twang-soul band Six String Drag and rockers Debonzo Brothers and Hank Sinatra are on the bill at Raleigh's Lincoln Theatre, starting at 5 p.m. Sunday. See lincolntheatre.com for details. Baseball Project plays another free show here this weekend, at Saturday's All-Star Block Party outside Durham Bulls Athletic Park as part of the All-Star Fan Fest. That gets underway at 6 p.m. Saturday. See durhambulls.com for details.

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