I am so happy to rarely have to leave my hometown to see and hear some of the best artist in the world.
Some local venues around Durham for live music that get my vote include:
Duke's Campus include's several venues:
The Old Favorite is new again:
The Triangle area draws top performers and is home to many emerging recording artist so you should always be able to find an event to satisfy your taste.
I can not say enough abut DPAC. What a world class venue we have right here in our backyard. I went to the very first concert when it opened and so many since. I have never been disappointed.
Pollstar - 2012 - Top 5 Ranked US Theaters and their seating capacity:
This is by no means a complete list of the music available but it will get you started. Also if you pay attention you will notice some great festivals in the area as well as city sponored outdoor events.
In Chapel Hill and Carrboro:
Chapel Hill is home to many (and some famous) live music venues. On any given night you can find any number of local and national acts performing.
IN RALEIGH there is lots of clubs and big arenas but to hit some of the better known check out: