RockPicks

The best rock picks, April 26

dmenconi@newsobserver.comApril 25, 2013 

Stillhouse.

COURTESY OF JASON CREECH

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    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 kingsbarcade.com for details. Stillhouse will also play a free show May 5 at Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle; see catscradle.com.

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