The best rock picks, Dec. 28

dmenconi@newsobserver.comDecember 27, 2012 

B.J. Barham, frontman for the Raleigh roots-rock band American Aquarium.


  • Other highlights: • Friday: Following a long round of highly successful roadwork, American Aquarium is back to head up an outstanding bill at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre with Dangermuffin and Tim Easton. Also, The Veldt is back to play Raleigh’s Pour House, while Hackensaw Boys play Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle. • Monday: New Year’s Eve offerings include Delta Rae headlining First Night Raleigh, Barefoot Manner at Raleigh’s Pour House, Foreign Exchange at Durham’s Cotton Room, Mel Melton at Durham’s Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse, Peter Lamb and the Wolves at Durham’s Casbah, Orquesta GarDel at the Cradle, and Avett Brothers at Greensboro Coliseum.

Dana Kletter, formerly of Dish and blackgirls, hasn’t lived in Raleigh for more than a decade, and nowadays she spends most of her time writing and teaching at Stanford University. But Kletter still makes music when she can, including a beautiful album earlier this year (“The Fool’s Fool,” available at While visiting friends and family in the Triangle over the holidays, she’ll perform with Caitlin Cary and Matt Douglas’ Small Ponds Sunday at Raleigh’s Amplified Art. Doors open at 7 p.m. Chip Robinson opens, and cover is $7. See for details.

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