The best rock picks, April 4

Posted by David Menconi on April 3, 2014 

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Todd Rundgren will play Monday night at the Carolina Theatre in Durham.

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  • Other highlights

    • Modernist old-time band Mipso plays with Punch Brothers guitarist Chris “Critter” Eldridge Friday at Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle, which has Old 97’s frontman Rhett Miller on Saturday.

    • Hide the children – shock-pop star Miley Cyrus plays Raleigh’s PNC Arena on Tuesday. James Taylor is coming to the Triangle in August, but you can see his very fine singer-songwriter son Ben Taylor Wednesday at the Carolina Theatre. And Thursday brings Superchunk to Saxapahaw’s Haw River Ballroom, plus former Raleigh resident Rev. Billy C. Wirtz back to his old hometown to play Southland Ballroom.

We’re going to be seeing a fair amount of ’70s-vintage pop star Todd Rundgren in Durham, starting with his Monday night show at the Carolina Theatre. Then he’ll come back around this summer as part of Ringo Starr’s “All Starr Band,” which plays Durham Performing Arts Center on June 22 (Rundgren’s 66th birthday, as it happens). Whether on his own, backing up Beatles or producing everybody from XTC to New York Dolls, Rundgren remains a certifiable pop genius four decades past his commercial heyday, with a catalog that goes well beyond the ’70s hits he’s known for. Monday’s show at the Carolina starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $43.50-$66.50. See carolinatheatre.org for details.

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