Rock Picks

Best rock picks, August 2

CorrespondentAugust 1, 2013 

Rick Estrin & The Nightcats

Rick Estrin and the Nightcats deliver bar-band blues done right at Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse in Durham.

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    Silversun Pickups play a free show at downtown Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater on Friday; Saturday has piano man Bruce Hornsby at the N.C. Museum of Art and Sheryl Crow at Durham Performing Arts Center; Seattle’s venerable Melvins come to Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle on Sunday; and Matchbox 20 and Goo Goo Dolls play ’90s-vintage hits and more Wednesday at Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek.

On “One Wrong Turn” (Alligator Records), the house-shaking new album from Rick Estrin and the Nightcats, this California ensemble’s frontman is a veritable chameleon on blues harmonica. It’s common enough to use harmonica to emulate a train whistle, but Estrin also evokes everything from the howling of low-down dogs to the feeling of watching a big-legged woman walking away real slow – all between dishing out slyly ribald lyrics that prove, as one song puts it, that “You Ain’t the Boss of Me.” Bar-band blues done right, and you can hear it live at Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse in Durham on Sunday. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. and tickets are $15 advance, $20 at the door. See papamojosroadhouse.com for details.

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