Rock Picks

The best rock picks, March 15

CorrespondentMarch 14, 2013 

Birds & Arrows.

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  • Other highlights • Also Friday, the very fine singer/songwriter Shannon Whitworth plays the Carrboro ArtsCenter while Boston punk institution Mission of Burma is next door at Cat’s Cradle (see page 6D) ; Infamous Stringdusters blow into Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre Saturday; deadpan comedian Jim Gaffigan holds forth at Raleigh’s Memorial Auditorium on Saturday; AWOLNATION plays the Lincoln on Tuesday (see page 6D); and The Veldt, one of the most acclaimed bands from Chapel Hill’s way-back-when "next Seattle" period, plays Raleigh’s Pour House on Wednesday.

Before joining Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks were a folksy duo playing country-rock that was long on bucolic overtones and vocal harmonies. And “Coyotes” (Redeye Distribution), the third album by local trio Birds and Arrows, recalls nothing so much as 1973’s cult classic “Buckingham Nicks.” With production from the great Chris Stamey, the album’s pastoral songs center on the deeply emotional blend of Andrea and Pete Connolly’s intertwined voices, with Josh Starmer’s cello as sonic counterpoint. It’s a lovely and intimate little record, and Birds and Arrows will show it off Friday at Chapel Hill’s Local 506. Showtime is 8 p.m., cover is $8 and the bill also includes June Star and Katharine Whalen. See local506.com for details.

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