Rock Picks

The best rock picks, October 18

dmenconi@newsobserver.comOctober 17, 2013 

Phonte Coleman, front right, and Nicolay, back left, of The Foreign Exchange. They will bring smooth tracks and positive vibrations to Raleigh’s Lincoln Theater.


  • Other highlights

    • Goner opens for Asheville band The Broadcast’s album-release show Saturday at Raleigh’s Pour House. Sunday brings Nashville singer/songwriter Ben Rector to Durham’s Carolina Theatre. Monday is a busy night with Nine Inch Nails playing Raleigh’s PNC Arena Monday, the noisy pairing of Crocodiles and Royal Bangs at Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle and the sibling duo Wild Belle at Kings in Raleigh.

    • Of Montreal plays Tuesday at the Cradle and the always-droll Robert Earl Keen drops on into the Lincoln on Wednesday. Thursday is crazy-busy: Triangle expatriate Greg Humphreys coming back from Brooklyn to play a Hobex show at the Pour House, fellow expatriate Johnny Irion with singing spouse Sarah Lee Guthrie at the Casbah in Durham, and Tim Easton with Freedy Johnston at Chapel Hill’s Local 506.

Almost a decade ago, the Foreign Exchange began as a side project for Little Brother emcee Phonte Coleman, but it’s shaping up as what he’ll be remembered for someday. In addition to scoring a 2009 Grammy nomination, Foreign Exchange has cracked the Billboard 200 album-sales chart, an impressive feat for any small independent-label operation. “Love in Flying Colors” (Foreign Exchange Music) comes in at No. 115 on the big chart, and No. 12 on Billboard’s R&B albums chart. The album sounds like what you’d hear playing at the world’s coolest after-hours nightspot – 10 tracks of smooth-gliding ambience with Coleman as ringleader and purveyor of positive vibrations. Coleman and his co-leader, Dutch producer Nicolay, present it live with a band Thursday (October 24) at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre. Showtime is 9 p.m. and tickets are $20 advance, $25 at the door. See for details.

Speaking of Little Brother alumni, deejay/producer Ninth Wonder will serve as host for this weekend’s “Return of the Legends” shows at Durham Performing Arts Center. Rakim headlines Friday and Bell Biv DeVoe on Saturday, with Pete Rock, Lords of the Underground, EPMD, Brand Nubian and others further down the bill. Tickets are $48.25-$111.25 per night, with discounted two-night packages available. See for details.

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