After spending two years on opposite coasts and pursuing their own creative projects, Ivan Howard and Kelly Crisp are ready to release The Rosebuds' sixth full-length album, Sand + Silence, out Aug. 5. The Rosebuds will preview some of the release when they perform at Cat’s Cradle at 9 p.m. Saturday. For tickets, call 919-967-9053 or visit www.catscradle.com. Cat’s Cradle is at 300 E. Main St. in Carrboro.
North Carolina husband-wife team Daniel and Lauren Goans, better known as the folk duo Lowland Hum, will perform at 6:30 p.m. Thursday during a listening session at Mercury Studio, 401 W. Geer St. in Durham. For tickets, visit https://event.attendstar.com/event/show/listening-room-lowland-hum/.
Merge Records’ celebration of its 25th anniversary continues Wednesday when Merge artists Stephin Merritt and Mark Eitzel (in photo) perform at 7:30 p.m. in Baldwin Auditorium on Duke University’s East Campus. For tickets, call 919-684-4444 or visit www.dukeperformances.org.
Craven Allen Gallery is presenting “Suddenly and with Joy: Paintings by Linwood Hart and Pottery by Brad Tucker,” through Sept. 6. Craven Allen Gallery is at 1106 ½ Broad St. in Durham. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, please call the gallery at 919-286-4837 or visit www.CravenAllenGallery.com.
Lakota John Locklear will perform Friday at the free Warehouse Blues series. All concerts in this series run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Durham Central Park.
The free Find Your Cool music series continues Thursday with rock and blues band John the Conqueror. This concert begins at 7 p.m. in CCB Plaza in downtown Durham.
The Shilohs (in photo) with The Fresh and Onlys will perform Friday at Local 506, 506 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. The Shilohs recently released their self-titled sophomore album, following up on their 2013 debut “So Wild.” For tickets, call 919-942-5506 or visit www.local506.com.
“Cows, Dogs and Much More,” an exhibit of new paintings by Joan Vandermeer, is on view through Sept. 28 at Foster’s Market, 750 Martin Luther King Blvd., Chapel Hill.
FatMouth Improv will present "The July 19th Show," an evening of improvised comedy with special guest Anoo Brod of Transactors Improv, at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Common Ground Theatre.
The Southern Blend Band are the next guest artists for the Bynum Front Porch Friday series. All concerts begin at 7 p.m. at Bynum General Store, at 950 Bynum Road in Bynum. A suggested donation of $5 to $7 is suggested to pay the performers. For information, visit www.bynumfrontporch.org.
Portastatic will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Duke Gardens. Portastatic was founded by singer and guitarist Mac McCaughan, who also is a cofounder of Merge Records. This concert continues the Duke Gardens celebration of Merge’s 25th anniversary. For tickets, call 919-684-4444 or visit www.dukeperformances.org.
This is an image of "Pointing Fingers," Kim Wheaton’s mixed media work, which is part of the second annual “Truth to Power” at Pleiades Gallery, 109 E. Chapel Hill St., Durham. The exhibit opens Tuesday and will be on view through Aug. 2.
The Bluegrass Experience will perform at the next Bynum Front Porch Friday Night Music Series at Bynum General Store, 950 Bynum Road. All concerts in this series begin at 7 p.m. and continue until 9. Admission is a suggested $5 to $7 donation to help pay the musicians. For more information about future concerts, visit www.bynumfrontporch.org.