The best rock picks, Oct. 26

dmenconi@newsobserver.comOctober 25, 2012 

The Old 97’s play some landmark twang-rock at the Cat’s Cradle.


  • More information Other highlights: • Tonight: The entrancing folk-rock singer Sharon Van Etten plays the Cradle, while Steve Forbert is at the Carrboro ArtsCenter next door; funnyman David Sedaris holds forth at Durham Performing Arts Center; Durham Academy’s jazz-rock group In The Pocket shows off a new CD at Durham’s Motorco Music Hall; Kathleen Edwards sings at Saxapahaw’s Haw River Ballroom; and Edwin McCain brings a full band into Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre. • Furthermore: Saturday’s Halloween-themed shows include Southern Culture on the Skids headlining Zombifest at Durham’s Pinhook and Mel Melton’s Wicked Mojos presiding over Halloween festivities (including costume contest) at Papa Mojo’s in Durham; New Pornographer A.C. Newman takes a solo flight Saturday at Motorco; Diamond Rugs, a supergroup featuring members of Los Lobos and Deer Tick, play Sunday at Pinhook; Spider Bags headline Sunday’s “customer appreciation day” at Orange County Social Club in Carrboro; Divine Fits, featuring Spoon’s Britt Daniel, play Sunday at the Lincoln; Tuesday brings Crooked Fingers with John Vanderslice to Kings in Raleigh, and Freelance Whales to Local 506 in Chapel Hill; Woods play a Halloween night show Wednesday at Duke Coffeehouse; and blues great Shemekia Copeland sings Thursday at the ArtsCenter.

Hard to believe, but it’s been 15 long years since the Old 97’s released their signature album, “Too Far To Care,” a landmark in ’90s twang-rock. The album is being reissued with the usual bonus-track bells and whistles, and it’s the focus of the band’s current round of touring – which comes to Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro for a Saturday night show. Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are $20 advance, $22 day of show. See for details.

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