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Best rock picks, July 12

dmenconi@newsobserver.comJuly 11, 2013 

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Todd Nichols, Glen Philips and Dean Dinning of Toad The Wet Sprocket. The band will play Wednesday at Cat's Cradle in Carrboro.

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    • Friday brings Glasgow’s Camera Obscura to Saxapahaw’s Haw River Ballroom, and Texas roadhouse stud Dale Watson to Raleigh’s N.C. Museum of Art on a bill with the movie “Bernie”; the NCMA has another solid show on Saturday, the Duhks; and Thursday, Kurt Vile from The War on Drugs plays the Cradle, guitar god Vernon Reid’s Living Colour lyblazes away at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre and inc. lays down chill grooves at Kings in Raleigh.

“Monty Python” reference aside, Toad the Wet Sprocket always did have about the stupidest name in showbiz. But you know what? More than 20 years later, “All I Want” and “Walk on the Ocean” still sound really, really good – perfect little nuggets of guilty-pleasure pop craft that you’ll find yourself humming along with whether you want to or not.

After a decade-plus of intermittent existence (during which time frontman Glen Phillips also served as lead voice in the Americana supergroup Works Progress Administration), Toad is back on a full-time basis and even has a new album on the way. You can hear a few songs from that along with the golden oldies Wednesday at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro. Emily Hearn opens at 8 p.m. and tickets are $25 advance, $30 at the door. See catscradle.com for details.

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