Rock Picks

Best rock picks, August 16

dmenconi@newsobserver.com August 15, 2013 

Matthew Sweet will play the “LP Tour” show at Red Hat Thursday.

COURTESY OF MATTHEW SWEET

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    •  Bleeding Hearts proudly fly the Raleigh blue-collar rock flag, in that they have “The Sneer” down pat – that snarling edge to their guitars, vocals and words. All three are in full effect on their righteous new album, “Divorcing New York” (Slaphappy Records), which they’ll show off Saturday at Kings in Raleigh. Doors open at 9 p.m. and Royal Nites and Snake & the Plisskens open. Cover is $8 at the door; see kingsbarcade.com for details.

    •  Corrosion of Conformity plays its first local show in a while, Friday at Raleigh’s Pour House, the same night Little Brother rapper Big Pooh is at Kings; expatriate homegirl Tift Merritt is back to play the N.C. Museum of Art Saturday; Sunday brings R&B chanteuse Toni Braxton to Durham Performing Arts Center, and alternative-country forerunners Chris Hillman and Herb Pederson to the Carrboro ArtsCenter; and Thursday is action-packed, with Goner at Raleigh’s Tir Na Nogg, John Hiatt at Durham’s Carolina Theatre and Diarrhea Planet (the grossest name in showbiz) at Chapel Hill’s Local 506.

How many times have you been to a show listening to some band playing mediocre new songs you’d just as soon not hear and had the thought: “I sure wish they’d just play their best album straight through”? Well, friend, you won’t have to worry about that at Thursday’s “LP Tour” show at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater. Matthew Sweet will open by playing his 1991 masterpiece “Girlfriend” album; followed by the Wailers doing “Legend,” the Bob Marley best-of; Soul Asylum performing 1992’s “Grave Dancers Union”; and Big Head Todd and the Monsters offering up 1993’s “Sister Sweetly.” Nothing but money shots, start to finish. Showtime is 6 p.m. Thursday and tickets are $36.30-$79.85. See redhatamphitheater.com for details.

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