Rock Picks

The best rock picks, Jan. 3

dmenconi@newsobserver.comJanuary 2, 2014 

Phil Cook & the Guitarheels, one of MegaPhil’s extracurricular musical identities, play Saturday at Kings in Raleigh.

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  • Other highlights

    • Friday brings the opening date of the “Winter Jam” Christian pop tour to Raleigh’s PNC Arena, Hammer No More the Fingers opening for Ghostt Bllonde at Kings and Clutch opening a two-night run at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre with The Sword and Crobot.

    • Six String Drag regroups Saturday at Raleigh’s Pour House. And seeing Jay-Z’s “Magna Carter” tour will require some travel, either to Charlotte’s Time Warner Cable Arena on Saturday or Greensboro Coliseum on Sunday.

You can look at Megafaun’s prolonged hiatus one of two ways. Yes, it’s too bad that the Triangle’s best band hasn’t put out a new album of its own in more than two years. But the glass-half-full perspective is that the freak-folk trio’s individual members are still very active, and they pop up onstage with other bands and in other configurations on a pretty regular basis. Thus we have Phil Cook & the Guitarheels, one of MegaPhil’s extracurricular musical identities, which you can see Saturday at Kings in Raleigh. Doors open at 9 p.m., Ryan Gustafson’s Dead Tongues open and cover is $7. See kingsbarcade.com for details.

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