Rock Picks

Staff WriterApril 3, 2009 

  • Furthermore: Tonight brings North Mississippi All-Stars to Raleigh's Lincoln Theatre (see above), plus venerable stoner-comedy duo Cheech & Chong to the Durham Performing Arts Center (see Page 1D); brassy, big-voiced Michelle Malone belts at Raleigh's Berkeley Cafe on Sunday; country-pop chanteuse Neko Case plays Raleigh's Meymandi Hall on Tuesday, the same night banjo master Bela Fleck brings an intriguing evening of African music to Duke's Page Auditorium in Durham (see Page 1D); and Robyn Hitchcock, he of the surreal and cerebral bent pop, plays Carrboro's Cat's Cradle on Wednesday.

    Also in a celebratory mode, local blues legend John Dee Hole man is turning 80 years old with a Saturday night performance at Durham's Broad Street Café. The show doubles as a 15-year anniversary celebration for Music Maker Relief Foundation, the local support group that helps Holeman and other practitioners of the blues in ways that count.

    Then there's Brian Walsby, local gadfly, drummer, cartoonist and all-around ne'er-do-well, whose new book "Manchild 4" (Bifocal Media) is about to emerge. There's a release party Saturday at Raleigh's Tir Na Nog. Walsby himself will play drums with Double Negative, and the Loners and Goner are also on the bill.

If you've been paying attention to the local music scene, you know that it's on fire, with another amazing local record coming out just about every week.

This week's model is Hammer No More the Fingers' "Looking For Bruce" (Churchkey Records), a spectacular debut album that skillfully balances melody and rhythm with a maturity far beyond this Chapel Hill trio's tender years.

Not content to play just an album-release show themselves, the Hammer guys have set up an album-release festival for this weekend called Viking Storm. Tooth, Caverns, Bronzed Chorus and Pink Flag play Durham's Pinhook tonight; while Saturday brings The Beast, Deleted Scenes, Dry Heathens, Future Kings of Nowhere and Hammer themselves to Duke Coffeehouse.

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