For much of the past two decades, David Lowery has led a double life as leader of two very different bands. On one hand is the twangy alternative rock of Cracker, an ensemble still best known for the 1993 signature hit “Low” (which is probably playing at a sports stadium somewhere as we speak); and on the other, the delightfully eccentric Camper Van Beethoven, whose twang sounds more like an Appalachian medicine-show band transposed to outer Mongolia. Lowery will pull a double shift on Friday when both bands play Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle, starting at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $18. For details, see catscradle.com.
• Also Friday, the local folksy country duo Mandolin Orange moves on up to the classy environs of Raleigh’s Fletcher Opera Theater for a PineCone show. Spider Bags go bang at the Cradle’s Back Room on Saturday, the same night Patti LaBelle sings at Durham Performing Arts Center.
• The Hot at Nights open for New Orleans’ iconic Rebirth Brass Band Tuesday at Raleigh’s Pour House. Giant Sand main man Howe Gelb plays the Cradle’s Back Room on Wednesday. R&B firebrand Bettye LaVette is at the Durham’s Carolina Theatre on Thursday, the same night as the opening of next weekend’s “Great Cover-Up” at Kings in Raleigh.