Lots of bands can’t do anything more than bash away, even when they try to ease up and slow down, but Kingsbury Manx has always been about the glide. The group’s fifth full-length “Bronze Age” (Odessa Records) is another stellar collection that works the glide to perfection, moving at its customary pace of stately groove with hooks and textures and vocal harmonies all coalescing into lovely mood music for a stroll through the woods. Kingsbury Manx has never sounded better, and the band will show off “Bronze Age” Saturday at Nightlight in Chapel Hill. Doors open and 9 p.m. and Toddlers are also on the bill. Cover is $5. See nightlightclub.tumblr.com for details.
Other highlights: • Friday night brings Danish indie-rock ensemble Efterklang to Kings in Raleigh; Durham folk-rock group Bombadil plays Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle Saturday in a tune-up show for its next album; the Carrboro ArtsCenter has a couple of ’70s icons this weekend – Karla Bonoff on Saturday and Judy Collins on Sunday; also Sunday, Durham Performing Arts Center breaks out of its usual niche with a hip-hop show featuring Nas; the well-traveled and far-ranging Eels play the Cradle on Monday; Drive-By Truckers are back to play Tuesday at Saxapahaw’s Haw River Ballroom; Holly Williams, granddaughter of country legend Hank Williams, plays Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre Wednesday; timeless pop star Johnny Mathis sings at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium Thursday, the same night comic Ralphie May starts a three-night run at Goodnights in Raleigh.