The best rock picks, Nov. 2

dmenconi@newsobserver.comNovember 1, 2012 

Joshua Radin.


  • Other highlights: • Saturday brings Tres Chicas’ first local show since the summer to Raleigh’s Berkeley Cafe, Chris Robinson Brotherhood (featuring the Black Crowes frontman) to Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre and redneck rapper Bubba Sparxxx to Raleigh’s Southland Ballroom; there will be instrumental fireworks aplenty Sunday at the Carolina with Widespread Panic guitarist Jimmy Herring and Victor Wooten (see page x), bassist for banjoist Bela Fleck – who plays the Carolina himself on Thursday, a Duke Performances show with pianist Marcus Roberts; Kenny Roby opens for Citizen Cope Monday at the Lincoln; Fresh & Onlys brings a shot of psychedelic ambience to Kings in Raleigh Tuesday; also Tuesday, surfer/singer/songwriter Donavon Frankenreiter plays the Lincoln; and Red Fang is at Kings on Thursday.

If you want someone’s attention, whisper – so goes the old commercial trope. And if you’re going to make that work in music, you’d better be astoundingly good. Fortuitously, singer/songwriter Joshua Radin is. His lush new album “Underwater” (Mom + Pop Records) is arresting, even though Radin’s voice rarely rises above the volume of a murmur, drawing you into a moody sonic universe that is both quiet and entrancing. Radin plays at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Carolina Theatre in Durham, on a bill with A Fine Frency. Tickets are $26. See for details.

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