Rock Picks

Best rock picks, July 5

dmenconi@newsobserver.comJuly 4, 2013 

Don Dixon of R.E.M.-producing fame, plays a Durham show opened by Lynn Blakey of Tres Chicas.


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    • Back together for the first time in many moons, ’90s-vintage muscle-pop trio Lustre headlines Friday night’s “WeeseFest” benefit show at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre, with Jack the Radio, Old Quarter and Debonzo Brothers; one of the best road-warrior bands in all the land, the mighty Valient Thorr, is back for a hometown show Saturday at Kings in Raleigh; also Saturday, pop pianist Rachael Yamagata plays Chapel Hill’s Local 506; the tween-pop onslaught continues with Victoria Justice and Big Time Rush at Raleigh’s Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek Sunday; Tuesday brings the wildly popular crooner Harry Connick Jr. to Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre (see page ); Yarn headlines the next Oak City 7 freebie show in downtown Raleigh on Thursday; and the big alternative-rock show of the summer happens Thursday at Walnut Creek, Black Keys with Flaming Lips (see page ).

While Don Dixon is best-known for co-producing college-pop landmarks by the likes of R.E.M., he’s always had a streak of music-nerd hep jazz cat (as evidence by one of his live-set stapes, a funky version of the 1956 Little Willie John standard “Fever”). That tendency takes center-stage on Dixon’s new album, “High & Filthy & Borderline” (Lava Head Music), which sounds straight out of the conservatory with horn flourishes and slyly theatrical tunes like “Felon Girlfriend.”

Maybe Dixon will bring along his trombone when he plays Wednesday at the Casbah in Durham. Lynn Blakey from Tres Chicas opens the show at 8 p.m. with her fiddler husband, Ecki Heins, and cover is just $5. See for details.

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