The best rock picks, April 11

Posted by David Menconi on April 10, 2014 

The Cleveland trio Cloud Nothings plays Thursday at Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle.

POONEH GHANA

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    • North Elementary and LUD team up for a dual-album-release show Friday at Cat’s Cradle Back Room. John Howie Jr.’s Rosewood Bluff also has a new album to show off, Saturday at The Cave in Chapel Hill. Saturday also brings the always-freaky Dean Ween Group to Raleigh’s Southland Ballroom, and Old Ceremony with Love Language to Saxapahaw’s Haw River Ballroom. Haw River also has a memorial service in honor of the late, great Stephen Akin, super-fan of Chapel Hill music, on Sunday evening.

    • Avett Brothers play a “Musical Empowerment Benefit Concert” Tuesday at Chapel Hill’s University United Methodist Church. Slim’s in downtown Raleigh kicks off its 15-year-anniversary (!) festivities with a run of shows including Backsliders on Wednesday and Whatever Brains on Thursday. And the great Bobby Bare Jr. holds forth at the Cradle’s Back Room on Wednesday.

    • Violinist Caroline Shaw, who has won both a Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award the past year, returns to her native state to play the Cradle’s Back Room Thursday with Jennifer Curtis as part of a new classical crossover series called Breath and Bow. Also Thursday, Shakori Hills GrassRoots Spring Festival gets underway with Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

Cloud Nothings play at two basic tempos (fast and faster) and one basic volume (even louder), which seems like the ultimate in limitations. And yet this young Cleveland trio’s “Here and Nowhere Else” (Carpark Records) doesn’t feel limited at all, thanks to boundlessly transcendent energy and hooks, plus main man Dylan Baldi’s unerring feel for high-decibel tunefulness. Cloud Nothings were one of the best bands I saw at South By Southwest last month, and they’re playing Thursday at Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle. Ryley Walker opens at 9 p.m. and tickets are $12-$14. See catscradle.com for details.

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