Before relocating to the Triangle with Megafaun, Phil Cook hailed from the northern reaches of Wisconsin. But you’d never guess the dude’s a Yankee from listening to Cook when he plays as his solo alter ego, Phil Cook & His Feat, in which guise he shows off a touch for the Southern stringed-instrument vernacular that will put you in mind of Appalachian fiddle tunes. He plays Friday at The Casbah in Durham, on a bill with Plume Giant. Doors open at 9 p.m. and cover is $7. See casbahdurham.com for details.
- Other highlights: • Friday seems to be tribute-band night, with Grateful Dead tributary Cosmic Charlie at Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle and The Machine (which does Pink Floyd) at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre; Saturday finds Michael Rank’s Stag playing with Jonathan Byrd at the Casbah, singer/songwriter Lucy Kaplansky at the Carrboro ArtsCenter and Guster playing acoustic at Durham’s Carolina Theatre; also Saturday, a bunch of acts including North Elementary, The white Cascade and Bryce Eiman at three different Chapel Hill clubs as part of the “Tar Heel Sound Fest” ( tarheelsoundfest.com).