Bobby Bare Jr. isnt rock or country so much as whiplash. Just when you think youve got him pinned down as, say, a Paul Westerberg-style pop troubadour with a drawl, hell break out metallic power chords or burbling electronic pulses. All that and more can be heard on Bares most recent album, 2010s A Storm, A Tree, My Mothers Head (which is excellent even if the title raises the question of whether or not theres a partridge in the tree). Bare will show it off live Wednesday at Raleighs 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 clubs ghost will be around this weekend. Former Brewery soundman Jac Cain has assembled A Weekend at the Brewery at his current club, Raleighs Pour House, with for-the-occasion reunions by Accelerators, Kick the Future, Cains own band Slurepeeeee and others. Its Friday and Saturday nights and tickets are $10 online, $12 at the door. See thepourhousemusichall.com for details.