Shawn Colvin has said that her latest album “All Fall Down” (Nonesuch Records) is mostly concerned with loss. But that’s always been Colvin’s best subject, and she’s got just the sort of aching voice that gets you to feel it, too. Backed up by Buddy Miller’s atmospheric production and characteristically concise guitar, Colvin has never sounded better. She’ll make it hurt so good at 8 p.m. Friday at Durham’s Carolina Theatre. Tickets are $36-$46. See carolinatheatre.org for details.
- Other highlights: • Lost in the Trees play a Duke Performances show at Reynolds Industries Theater Friday night, accompanied by chamber orchestra; Saturday offers different strings of singer-songwriter folksiness, with Bowerbirds and Mount Moriah at Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle, American Music Club’s Mark Eitzel at Kings in Raleigh (on a great bill with Des Ark and Kenny Roby) and Four Bitchin Babes playing a “Jingle Babes” holiday show at the Carolina; also Saturday, metallic holdover Kix plays Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre while bluesman Popa Chubby pops it at Papa Mojo’s in Durham; Monday brings pianist Rachael Yamagata to Chapel Hill’s Local 506; and Dave Matthews Band plays Raleigh’s PNC Arena on Wednesday.