The best rock picks, March 28

Posted by David Menconi on March 27, 2014 

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    • I Was Totally Destroying It plays Friday night at the Back Room of Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle. Also Friday, Hornman Marcus Anderson, fresh off a long stint in Prince’s touring band, shows off his new album “Style Meets Substance” at Durham’s Hayti Heritage Center.

    • Queens duo Mobb Deep plays Kings Barcade in Raleigh on Tuesday, the same night Cirque du Soleil’s “Michael Jackson: The Immortal” opens a two-night run at Raleigh’s PNC Arena.

    • Alternative-rock elder Dean Wareham, late of Galaxie 500 and Luna, plays the Cradle on Thursday.

“I’m not a sucker, but I play one in real life, I got pockets full of magical beans,” Slaid Baird croons on the first song of Amigo’s new album, and it’s a perfect intersection of fairy-tale magical thinking and wiseacre existentialism as told by a clever band. The Charlotte trio isn’t doing anything revolutionary on “Might Could” ( amigotheband.com), but it’s in the strike zone for enthusiasts of working-class roots rock along the lines of the Bottle Rockets, with flourishes of classic pop and even doo-wop. Amigo plays it live Saturday at The Cave in Chapel Hill, on a bill with Magnolia Collective and The Affectionates. Showtime is 10 p.m. and cover is $5. See caverntavern.com for details.

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