Megafaun used to be one of the most active bands going, and the trio does still keep plenty busy just not together so much. Separately as well as together, theyve contributed to a dizzying array of other artists projects; but Megafaun itself has not played a local show since September 2012, which is an interminably long drought for the Triangles best band (in my book, at least). That hiatus will finally end next week with a two-night stand at Durhams Pinhook. Showtime is 9 both nights with Canine Heart Sounds opening Tuesday and Loamlands opening Wednesday. Tickets are $18-$20. See thepinhook.com for details.
• Friday is a super-busy night, starting with Mekons/Waco Brothers punk godhead Jon Langford playing a show and exhibition of his paintings at Raleigh’s Contemporary Art Museum. Ex-Carolina Chocolate Drop Justin Robinson’s Mary Annettes headlines the latest Sustaining Music Roots benefit show at Raleigh’s Long View Center. Squirrel Nut Zippers co-founder Jimbo Mathus plays deep blues at Cat’s Cradle Back Room. The Love Language plays real good for free at Raleigh’s Cameron Village, and the weekend-long Art of Cool Festival opens at various venues throughout Durham.
• On Saturday, Morning Brigade unveils its new album “Grow Around the Bones” at Chapel Hill’s Local 506, while The Old Ceremony and Connells play an Earth Day show at Raleigh Little Theatre.
• Scottish electronic group Chvrches play Raleigh’s Ritz (where the show was moved due to popular demand, up from the smaller Cat’s Cradle) on Monday, the same night the great singer-songwriter Gillian Welch is at Durham’s Carolina Theatre. And Thursday brings band-with-a-cause Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars to Raleigh’s Pour House, and Sweden’s Skull Defekts to Nightlight in Chapel Hill.