Rock Picks

The best rock picks, January 17

dmenconi@newsobserver.comJanuary 16, 2014 

Roots rock veteran Scott Miller plays Raleigh’s Pour House on Saturday.

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    • Parmalee, riding high on the country hit single “Carolina,” plays Raleigh’s City Limits Saloon on Friday. Venerable reggae institution the Wailers play Sunday at the Carrboro ArtsCenter. And Greensboro’s ethereal folk duo Lowland Hum plays Durham’s Motorco Music Hall on Thursday – the same night Jackyl brings actual chainsaw rock to Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre.

In another life, roots-rock veteran Scott Miller had to have been a fire-and-brimstone preacher. It’s not that he betrays a particularly spiritual bent on his latest album “Big Big World” (F.A.Y. Records), but an absolutely evangelical fervor comes through. Whether lamenting how “I Gave You the Power” or giving wry history lessons on “Cold War Veterans,” Miller’s matter-of-fact delivery is so convincingly earnest that it’s impossible to imagine doubting him, ever. Services of a sort will convene Saturday at Raleigh’s Pour House, where Miller will play. Rob Nance opens at 9 p.m. and tickets are $12-$15. See thepourhousemusichall.com for details.

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