Rock Picks

Best rock picks, July 19

dmenconi@newsobserver.comJuly 18, 2013 

Bobby Bare Jr. plays the Southland Ballroom July 24, 2013.

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  • Other highlights

    • Triangle alumnus Brendan James is back to play Durham’s Casbah on Friday; Robert Plant plays Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre Saturday; Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater has several

    jam-friendly bills this week – O.A.R. on Sunday and Black Crowes with Tedeschi Trucks Band on Tuesday; also Tuesday, the Monkees play Raleigh’s Memorial Auditorium; and Thursday brings love god Benji Hughes to Kings in Raleigh, and Southern Culture on the Skids headlining the latest free Oak City 7 show on downtown Raleigh’s City Plaza.

Bobby Bare Jr. isn’t rock or country so much as whiplash. Just when you think you’ve got him pinned down as, say, a Paul Westerberg-style pop troubadour with a drawl, he’ll break out metallic power chords or burbling electronic pulses. All that and more can be heard on Bare’s most recent album, 2010’s “A Storm, A Tree, My Mother’s Head” (which is excellent even if the title raises the question of whether or not there’s a partridge in the tree). Bare will show it off live Wednesday at Raleigh’s Southland Ballroom. Showtime is 8 p.m. and cover is $10.

See southlandballroom.com for details. The Brewery has been gone for nearly two years, and the lot at 3009 Hillsborough St. in Raleigh is still empty. But the rock club’s ghost will be around this weekend. Former Brewery soundman Jac Cain has assembled “A Weekend at the Brewery” at his current club, Raleigh’s Pour House, with for-the-occasion reunions by Accelerators, Kick the Future, Cain’s own band Slurepeeeee and others. It’s Friday and Saturday nights and tickets are $10 online, $12 at the door. See thepourhousemusichall.com for details.

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