RockPicks

The best rock picks, Nov. 30

dmenconi@newsobserver.comNovember 29, 2012 

Jessica Lea and David Mayfield bring their “Sibling Rivalry Tour” Thursday at Kings in Raleigh.

COURTESY OF JEFFREY FERGUSON

  • More information Other highlights: • This week’s Christmas shows include Mannheim Steamroller Friday at Durham Performing Arts Center, Trans-Siberian Orchestra Saturday at Raleigh’s PNC Arena and Dave Koz & Friends Saturday at Durham’s Carolina Theatre; Steep Canyon Rangers are at Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle Friday, while Bombadil plays Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre with Megafauns’ Phil Cook opening; Saturday brings Yarn to Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre, and soulful roots singer Beth McKee shows off a new album (“Next to Nowhere”) at Papa Mojo’s in Durham; Jonathan Byrd headlines a benefit for Hurricane Sandy relief Sunday at Durham’s Pinhook; and bluesman Keb Mo plays the Carolina on Thursday (See page xx).

Judging from the company they keep, the Mayfield siblings – Jessica Lea and David – are about as cool as it gets over on the rustic end of the musical spectrum. Both the Black Keys and the Avett Brothers have given the Mayfields their stamp of approval via collaborations in recent years. They both have new albums in the pipeline, so you can probably count on a new song or two when the Mayfields’ “Sibling Rivalry Tour” plays Thursday at Kings in Raleigh. Showtime is 9 p.m. and tickets are $12. See kingsbarcade.com for details.

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