Rock Picks

The best rock picks, February 14

dmenconi@newsobserver.comFebruary 13, 2014 

Japanese avant-pop duo Cibo Matto plays Sunday at Cat’s Cradle Back Room in Carrboro.

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  • Other highlights

    • Mount Moriah headlines night two of N.C. State radio station WKNC’s 11th annual “Double Barrel Benefit” Friday at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre. Also Friday, Juliana Barwick plays Durham’s Carrack, while the unfortunately named yet quite catchy Diarrhea Planet plays Kings with Those Darlins.

    • Another intriguingly named act, The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, opens for Into It Over It on Saturday at Chapel Hill’s Local 506. The Wailin’ Jennys sing for their supper at Durham’s Carolina Theatre on Saturday, the same night the great “Swamp Fox” Tony Joe White is at Raleigh’s Southland Ballroom.

    • Zydeco scion C.J. Chenier brings Cajun cheer to Papa Mojo’s in Durham Sunday, and Saint Rich plays Kings in Raleigh Monday.

In the 15 years since Cibo Matto’s last album came out, Miho Hatori and Yuka Honda have apparently spent a lot of time soaking up the ambience of funky hotels. The Japanese avant-pop duo’s new reunion album “Hotel Valentine” (Chimera Music) is a dreamy 10-track concoction set at a no-tell hotel where lovers surreptitiously come together – and most likely get caught because they just can’t help dancing to the grooves. Cibo Matto plays it live Sunday at Cat’s Cradle Back Room in Carrboro. Salt Cathedral opens at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. Details: catscradle.com.

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