Rock Picks

Best rock picks, June 21

dmenconi@newsobserver.comJune 20, 2013 

From left, Jay Gonzalez, Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley, Brad Morgan and Matt Patton of Drive-By Truckers.

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    • Furthermore: British boy band One Direction makes the little girls understand Saturday at Raleigh’s PNC Arena; also Saturday, newly minted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Heart plays Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek, with Led Zeppelin scion Jason Bonham opening; Compton’s own Kendrick Lamar headlines a hip-hop bill Sunday at Red Hat; Little Feat’s Bill Payne plays a retrospective show at Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle Monday; and Thursday’s Oak City 7 show at downtown Raleigh’s City Plaza features Cracker (of "Low" fame), along with former Carolina Chocolate Drop Justin Robinson.

One of the best things about Drive-By Truckers is that they get you coming and going, hot and cold, thanks to the differences between their principal voices. Patterson Hood brings the heat, the wild-eyed songs that seem on the verge of flying out of control; while his co-leader Mike Cooley brings the cool – somewhat more subdued songs from characters so beaten down that murmuring to themselves is about the best they can manage. Hood came through the Triangle for a solo show back in February, and this Saturday brings Cooley to Chapel Hill to do the same at Local 506. Showtime is 9:30 p.m. and tickets are $15. See local506.com for details.

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