The best rock picks, Feb. 1

dmenconi@newsobserver.comJanuary 31, 2013 

  • Other highlights: •  Durham’s Casbah has the Bull City Metal Fest Friday and Saturday; cooler-than-you elder statesman Tony Bennett sings at Durham Performing Arts Center Friday, the same night ’80s hitmaker English Beat plays Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle; Saturday brings chainsaw-wielding metal band Jackyl to Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre; out-there one-man-band bluesman Scott H. Biram plays Chapel Hill’s Local 506 Tuesday; ’60s folk icon Arlo Guthrie brings “Here Comes the Kid: The Music of Woody Guthrie” to Durham’s Carolina Theatre Wednesday; also Wednesday, the Carrboro ArtsCenter has the deeply weird Residents, who were alternative a couple of decades before it was cool.

For a record that’s just 34 minutes long, Spider Bags’ “Shake My Head” (Odessa Records) has enough whiplash transitions and mutations to stock a half-dozen much longer albums, pinballing between overdrive frenzy, pure-pop stateliness, psychedelic freakouts, surf-flavored roots rock and plenty more on 10 tracks of garage-rock goodness. And Spider Bags is one of the featured acts at this weekend’s 10th annual WKNC Double Barrel Benefit at Raleigh’s Pour House, closing out Saturday night’s festivities. J. Kutchma’s Five Fifths, Lilac Shadows, Wesley Wolfe and others are also scheduled. Cover is $12 per night at the door ($10 if you buy online). See thepourhousemusichall.com for details.

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