You can look at Megafauns prolonged hiatus one of two ways. Yes, its too bad that the Triangles best band hasnt put out a new album of its own in more than two years. But the glass-half-full perspective is that the freak-folk trios 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 MegaPhils extracurricular musical identities, which you can see Saturday at Kings in Raleigh. Doors open at 9 p.m., Ryan Gustafsons Dead Tongues open and cover is $7. See kingsbarcade.com for details.
• 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.