Rock Picks

The best rock picks, November 1

dmenconi@newsobserver.comOctober 31, 2013 

Japanese noise-core band Melt-Banana plays Tuesday at Chapel Hill's Local 506.

COURTESY OF MELT-BANANA

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    • Friday brings singing actor (or is that acting singer?) Hugh Laurie to Durham’s Carolina Theatre, and Phantogram to Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle. Ace guitarist Chris Boerner’s jazz trio Hot At Nights show off their new album “Try This!” at Raleigh’s Pour House Saturday, the same night King Khan & the Shrines play psychedelic-soul at Durham’s Motorco Music Hall. Sunday, young emcee Drake headlines at Raleigh’s PNC Arena, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer John Fogerty is at Durham Performing Arts Center, Cursive’s Tim Kasher plays Kings in Raleigh and Holland Brothers open for David Bromberg at the Cradle.

    • Nik Turner’s Hawkwind, featuring a founding member of the epochal British space-rock band, plays Kings Monday with Birds of Avalon. New Orleans bounce rapper Big Freedia gets Durham’s Pinhook moving on its five-year-anniversary show Tuesday. Metric measures up UNC-Chapel Hill’s Memorial Hall Wednesday, the same night Bon Jovi plays PNC and Decemberists main man Colin Meloy plays the Carolina. Finally, outdoor perennial Lynyrd Skynyrd goes indoors at DPAC on Thursday.

In recent years, Japanese noise-core band Melt-Banana moved in directions that seemed less odd and even normal – slowing down a bit, with nods toward tunefulness. But Melt-Banana’s new album “fetch” (A-Zap Records) finds the group getting back to its own idiosyncratic sense of normality, with a dozen whiplash-fast tracks of hopped-up noise and chirpy, oddly cheerful-sounding doom. It’s exhausting and exhilarating in equal parts, and one can only imagine what it’s like to play this stuff live. Melt-Banana will do that Tuesday at Chapel Hill’s Local 506. Showtime is 8:30 p.m., Retox and Cinemechanica are also on the bill and cover is $12. See local506.com for details.

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