In a community overrun with excellent male-female country-rock duos, Mandolin Orange may have made the best record of the bunch. This Side of Jordan (Yep Roc Records) is as amazingly good as it is modest, evoking an aw-shucks vibe youd swear they conjured up on a back porch over sweet tea. Yet even as casual as these 11 songs feel, Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz dont leave a note or a harmony out of place. Theyll show it off live Friday at Carrboros Cats Cradle. Showtime is 9 p.m., and the bill also includes South Carolina Broadcasters and Big Fat Gap. Tickets are $10-$28. See catscradle.com for details.
Superchunk took nearly a decade to follow up 2001s Heres to Shutting Up with 2010s Majesty Shredding, which was a triumphant return. And heres to less time between albums the flagship band of early-90s Chapel Hill punk is back with I Hate Music (Merge Records), which they dont, even if this does sound like the most grown-up and cranky album Superchunk has ever made. But that doesnt prevent it from rocking with aplomb, which theyll do Saturday at the Cradle. Parting Gifts opens at 9 p.m. and tickets are $15-$17.