“We lived on Tennyson and venison and the Grateful Dead,” Stephen Malkmus croons about a minute into “Lariat,” one of 12 songs on the former Pavement frontman’s new album. And really, once you’re set with your British poet laureate, dried meat product and acid-damaged psychedelic rock, what more could anyone ask for? The fact that Malkmus puts his wish list across with such catchiness is a right-nice bonus, too. He and his band, the Jicks, play it live Monday at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro. Purling Hiss opens at 8 p.m., and tickets are $19-$22. See catscradle.com for details.
• Chapel Hill’s Lost in the Trees unveil their brilliant and lovely new album “Past Life” (Anti- Records) Friday at the Cradle. Also Friday, the Eagles alight at Raleigh’s PNC Arena and Raul Malo’s Mavericks play Durham’s Carolina Theatre. And Don Dixon does “King Mackerel & the Blues Are Running” with Coastal Cohorts at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Playmakers Theatre Friday, before moving over to Chapel Hill’s Local 506 for a show Saturday with his old Arrogance bandmate Robert Kirkland.
• Saturday also brings “Last Band Standing” to Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre, a battle of the bands to see who will get to open the next “Band Together” show later this spring. Brooklyn’s Yellow Ostrich plays Tuesday at Kings in Raleigh, the same night the always-beguiling St. Vincent plays the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw and bawdy rapper Blowfly is at the Maywood in Raleigh.
• Charleston duo Shovels & Rope plays the Cradle Wednesday, with Hurray for the Riff Raff (also known as Alynda lee Segarra) opening. Also Wednesday, Haw River has the excellent pairing of Future Islands and Wye Oak.