The best rock picks, Nov. 9

dmenconi@newsobserver.comNovember 8, 2012 

Loudon Wainwright.


  • More information Other highlights: • Always good for a song and a joke, Loudon Wainwright III plays Durham’s Carolina Theatre Saturday with Dar Williams; Marc Cohn, of “Walking in Memphis” fame, plays the Carolina Theatre on Tuesday (see page x); Pink Flag opens for Ash Wednesday at Local 506; Pinback’s first tour in a few years comes to Durham’s Motorco Music Hall Wednesday; and Triangle expatriate Tift Merritt will be back home long enough on Thursday to open for Justin Townes Earle at Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle.

Twenty years ago, Chapel Hill was widely touted as “the next Seattle” – the town most likely to yield another breakthrough alternative-rock act to follow in Nirvana’s wake. The gold rush never quite materialized, but that certainly wasn’t due to a lack of excellent bands. One of that generation’s wave was What Peggy Wants, best-known by now for future Squirrel Nut Zipper (and writer/voice of the hit “Hell”) Tom Maxwell. They’ve reconvened to play their first show in eons Saturday at Chapel Hill’s Local 506. Aggressive Pedestrians open at 9 p.m. and tickets are $8 advance, $10 at the door. See for details.

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