The best rock picks, April 26

dmenconi@newsobserver.comApril 25, 2013 



  • More information

    Other highlights:

    • Raleigh’s PNC Arena has a big weekend, with Barry Manilow on Friday and Bob Seger on Saturday; Mipso shows off its new album Saturday at the Cradle; Akron/Family plays Durham’s Motorco Music Hall on Sunday; Wednesday brings Besnard Lakes to Chapel Hill’s Local 506 and The Men to Durham’s Pinhook; and the beguiling Iris DeMent sings at the Carrboro ArtsCenter on Thursday.

Bluegrass band Chatham County Line has always had a rock ’n’ roll heart, thanks to frontman Dave Wilson’s rocker-dude tendencies – but also a fairly immaculate pop sense. And if you think Chatham County Line is unusually catchy for a bluegrass band, wait until you hear Wilson’s rock band Stillhouse. The group’s new album “The Great Reprise” (Vella Recordings) is a super-sharp collection of 10 twang-pop songs, splitting the hooks between pedal steel, rolling piano and jingle-jangle guitars. You’ll be humming them afterward, guaranteed. Stillhouse shows off the album Thursday at Raleigh’s Kings, with a late 11 p.m. start time so you can see Bob Dylan at Red Hat Amphitheatre that night. Admission is free with a Dylan ticket stub. Otherwise, it’s $8 advance or $10 at the door. See for details. Stillhouse will also play a free show May 5 at Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle; see

News & Observer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service