Chris Stamey has long been one of the most important musicians in the Triangle, for the music he plays but also because he serves as a connector. For example, Stamey has spent much of the past three years overseeing a series of loving tribute performances of the late, great cult band Big Star’s underground classic “Third/Sister Lovers” album with an array of local and national performers. Last year, one of those shows in Chicago brought together Django Haskins, frontman of Chapel Hill pop band The Old Ceremony, and Gary Louris, founder of Minneapolis country-rock band the Jayhawks (the Jayhawks are one of the most underrated bands of recent times; if there were any justice, the mainstream would know more of their catalog beyond 1992’s “Waiting for the Sun”). The two struck up a collaboration that has lasted beyond that tribute show, and Louris and Haskins will show off some of the songs they’ve written together Friday at Durham’s Motorco Music Hall. Showtime is 9 p.m. and tickets are $8-$10. See motorcomusic.com for details.
• Speaking of unique collaborations, Durham folk-pop band Bombadil teams up with puppet maker Torry Bend for a Duke Performances show called “Love’s Infrastructure,” Friday through Sunday at Durham Arts Council’s PSI Theatre. Lee Bains III and Glory Fires play Slim’s in Raleigh Friday and then move over to Durham’s Duke Coffeehouse on Saturday. Friday also brings two sharp guitarists to the area: country hotshot Junior Brown to the Clayton Center and eclectic virtuoso Tom Principato to Papa Mojo’s in Durham.
• Mount Moriah’s Heather McEntire opens for Indigo Girl Amy Ray’s solo show Saturday at Motorco. Yarn headlines a “Band Together”-sponsored “Big Cahoot” Saturday at Raleigh’s City Limits Saloon. And singer-songwriter Anna Rose Beck shows off her airy and beautiful new album “My Glass House in Outer Space” Sunday at Motorco.
• It’s a family affair Wednesday at Raleigh’s Southland Ballroom, with the always-droll James McMurtry on a bill with his son Curtis. And Lucero plays Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre on Thursday, the same night Queens of the Stone Age ravage Raleigh’s Memorial Auditorium.