The best rock picks, Jan. 18

dmenconi@newsobserver.comJanuary 17, 2013 

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Yo La Tengo brings its melodic gems to the Cat’s Cradle.

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  • More information Other highlights: •  Annuals are back at it Friday at Chapel Hill’s Local 506; Sunday brings very fine singer-songwriters from near and far, Canadian native Fred Eaglesmith to Raleigh’s Pour House and Asheville’s David Wilcox to the Carrboro ArtsCenter; also Sunday, Donna the Buffalo holds forth at Saxapahaw’s Haw River Ballroom; Bryan (Not Ryan) Adams plays Raleigh’s Meymandi Hall on Tuesday, the same night New Orleans bounce icon Big Freedia holds forth at the Cradle and Sister Hazel is at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre; Wednesday, the Lincoln has G. Love & Special Sauce while Samantha Crain shows off her fine upcoming album “Kid Face” (Ramseur Records) at Raleigh’s Berkeley Cafe.

Stick with it long enough, and there’s a good chance the mainstream will eventually come to you. That definitely applies to Yo La Tengo, a venerable alternative-rock trio that’s been making very fine records for close to 30 years. And where the group’s idiosyncratic combination of high-volume drones contrasted with pensive moodiness used to seem pretty out there a quarter-century ago, it feels positively bubblegummy nowadays. The group’s new album “Fade,” (Matador Records) consists of another 10 melodic gems, which they’ll show off Wednesday at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro. Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are $22 advance, $25 day of show. See catscradle.com for details.

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