Rock Picks

The best rock picks, May 17

dmenconi@newsobserver.comMay 16, 2013 

Los Lobos plays Friday at Raleigh’s NC Museum of Art Amphitheatre.

COURTESY OF JAMES MINCHIN III

  • Other highlights:

    • Elsewhere: New Jersey invades Durham’s Motorco Music Hall Friday, in the form of the fiery garage-rock band Titus Andronicus, with Spider Bags and So So Glos also on the bill; Saturday brings another Mike Gardner Foundation medical benefit to Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre, with PKM and Sidewinder; also Saturday, Asleep at the Wheel rolls into Motorco and Artsplosure kicks off in downtown Raleigh with BoDeans (see artsplosure.org for schedule details); and !!! plays Sunday at Motorco.

Los Lobos have made plenty of classic records over the past three decades, but none more important than 1992’s “Kiko.” A masterpiece of mood and atmosphere, “Kiko” was the album that broke Los Lobos out beyond the confines of roots rock. They’ve built from “Kiko’s” stranger textures into more esoteric territory with great success. Los Lobos are still on the road with a tour marking the 20-year anniversary of “Kiko,” which plays Friday at Raleigh’s N.C. Museum of Art Amphitheatre. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. and tickets are $19-$35 ($12 for kids 7-18). See ncartmuseum.org for details.

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