The best rock picks, Feb. 15

dmenconi@newsobserver.comFebruary 14, 2013 

Mountains play at 9 p.m. Wednesday at Nightlight in Chapel Hill.


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    • Tonight: The great Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes venture down from Jersey to play Durham’s Carolina Theatre; fantastic Afropop band Elikeh plays Saxapahaw’s Haw River Ballroom; Chicago singer/songwriter Joe Pug is back to play Chapel Hill’s Local 506; and the 14th annual Love Hangover at Kings in Raleigh presents all manner of intriguing duet pairings, including Tres Chica Lynn Blakey with Backslider Chip Robinson and Des Ark’s Aimee Argote with Catherine Edgerton from Midtown Dickens. • Furthermore: Saturday brings bluesman Tom Principato to Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse in Durham, and Jonathan Richman to Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle; Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ turns it up or turns it off Sunday at Raleigh’s Southland Ballroom; Screamin’ Cheetah Wheelies frontman Mike Farris sings Sunday at the ArtsCenter; Pixies main man Black Francis plays the Cradle Monday; blues-guitar deities Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang bring it to Raleigh’s Memorial Auditorium Wednesday; Tame Impala takes a psychedelic trip to the Cradle Thursday; also Thursday, Widespread Panic/Allman Brothers guitarist Jimmy Herring leads the supergroup Ringers (featuring players associated with Steely Dan, James Taylor, Sting and Ray Charles, among others) into Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre, while zydeco scion C.J. Chenier plays Papa Mojo’s.

Mountains, the electronic duo of Koen Holtkamp and Brendon Anderegg, are aptly named. Their songs don’t progress so much as sprawl, with soundscapes that conjure up bird’s-eye views of craggy peaks. The seven songs on “Centralia” (Thrill Jockey Records) pulse and throb like time-lapse versions of geologic time as each track builds up inexorably. Even “Propeller,” which goes on for 20-plus minutes, has a sense of movement because it feels like a couple of epochs of range-building boiled down to one-third of an hour. Mountains play at 9 p.m. Wednesday at Nightlight in Chapel Hill with feltbattery, and the cover is $6. See for details.

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