Rock Picks

The best rock picks, December 20

dmenconi@newsobserver.comDecember 19, 2013 

The annual Evil Wiener Christmas Show, featuring local indie-rock mainstay Billy “Sugarfix” McCormick, happens Friday at The Cave in Chapel Hill.

COURTESY OF BILL MCCORMICK — COURTESY OF BILL MCCORMICK

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    • Friday brings the Connells (and pretty much every club-going college-radio listener of a certain age) to Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre. Also Friday, eclectic Celtic-styled group Scythian plays Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle, while Lynn Blakey and Ecki Heniz do a holiday show at the Kraken in Chapel Hill.

    • Kenny Roby is on the bill at the 9th annual Dune Dogs Holiday Extravaganza Saturday at Raleigh’s Southland Ballroom. And for those wishing to tune out the holiday onslaught, Mappamundi & Friends play “Cabaret Warsaw: Yiddish and Polish music from the Jazz Age,” Saturday at the Carrboro ArtsCenter.

Most of this weekend’s shows are basically holiday season parties. Even if they’re not actual seasonal music events, they’ll serve as backdrops for old friends getting together. One event that’s a little of both is the annual Evil Wiener Christmas Show, a venerable tradition. For more than a decade, local indie-rock mainstay Billy “Sugarfix” McCormick (most recently heard waxing angry on the N.C. Music Love Army protest song “Abraham Lincoln in His Grave”) has donned elfish garb to take the stage, pass out candy and lead the world’s quirkiest holiday sing-along. That happens Friday at The Cave in Chapel Hill, and it’s free (although a donation would be the seasonally appropriate thing to do). See caverntavern.com for details.

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