Rock Picks

The best rock picks, June 14

dmenconi@newsobserver.comJune 13, 2013 

Jeanne Jolly.


  • Other highlights:

    • Also Friday, Donna the Buffalo jams on into Raleigh’s Southland Ballroom and Spider Bags show off their new compilation “Singles” (Churchkey Records) at Durham’s Pinhook; Glen Hansard, on a solo flight from The Swell Season, plays Saturday night at the NC Museum of Art, with the very fine singer-songwriter Doug Paisley opening; also Saturday, Chatham County Line represents at Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle, Delta Moon plays dirty blues-rock at Papa Mojo’s in Durham and Lilac Shadows head up a solid noisy-rock bill at Kings in Raleigh; hip-hop nostalgia reigns Sunday at Durham Performing Arts Center with LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy and De La Soul; Texas roadhouse icon Billy Joe Shaver plays Raleigh’s Berkeley Cafe Monday, while Royal Teeth are at Kings; and Thursday, guitarist Warren Haynes teams up with the N.C. Symphony at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater for a “Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration.”

Raleigh songstress Jeanne Jolly tends to get lumped in with the Americana crowd, which isn’t a bad place to be. But she’s classically trained, and she initially gained notice as vocalist in jazz trumpeter Chris Botti’s band. For all the twang overtures of Jolly’s latest album “Angels” (The Foreign Exchange Music), it’s a wide-ranging set that goes well beyond country and into the eclectic territory of Joni Mitchell. Ace local guitarist Chris Boerner produced “Angels,” expertly framing Jolly’s voice on the album’s 10 songs with arrangements that let her take the occasional (and literal) operatic leap – “Tear Soup” has some vocal acrobatics sure to make jaws drop. Jolly will show off her big voice Friday at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre, performing with Brett Harris. Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets are $15. See for details.

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