Rock Picks

The best rock picks, November 15

dmenconi@newsobserver.comNovember 14, 2013 

Catch Phil Lee Saturday at Raleigh’s Pour House as part of the first S.P.I.T.T.L.E. Fest since 2003.

COURTESY OF PAUL NEEDHAM

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    • Saturday brings Leagues (country heart-throb Thad Cockrell's very fine pop band) to Chapel Hill's Local 506, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy to Durham's Carolina Theatre and Deleted Scenes to Kings in Raleigh. Singer-songwriter soul man Amos Lee sings at Durham Performing Arts Center Monday. Johnny Marr, who has done many things but will be forever known as guitarist for the Smiths, plays the Cradle Tuesday. Also Tuesday, Janelle Monae holds forth at the Ritz in Raleigh, Dumpstaphunk brings it to Raleigh's Southland Ballroom and Raleigh's PNC Arena welcomes Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. On Thursday, Soul Coughing main man Mike Doughty plays the Cradle, and look out – Christmas-music season is officially upon us with Trans-Siberian Orchestra playing PNC.

Phil Lee’s latest album is called “The Fall and Further Decline of the Mighty King of Love” (Palookaville Records), but don’t you believe it. These 13 tracks of solid bar-band roots rock are every bit as tragicomic and sordidly brazen as Lee’s ever sounded, perfectly capturing the man’s impish swagger. Hard to believe this Triangle expatriate is not famous yet, but there’s every chance he’ll wind up a posthumous legend in France at some point. Meantime, Lee will settle for infamy. Catch him Saturday at Raleigh’s Pour House as part of the first S.P.I.T.T.L.E. Fest since 2003. Kenny Roby, Michael Rank’s Stag, John Howie Jr.’s Rosewood Bluff and lots more are also on the bill, Friday and Saturday at $15 per night. See thepourhousemusichall.com for details.

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