Raleigh singer Kat Robichaud might turn out to be that rarest of species – the contest-show competitor who doesn’t win but gets a decent career anyway. Last fall, Robichaud made the Top 10 of NBC’s “The Voice” before losing out. Undeterred, she came home, launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund an album and raised $42,000 – more than double her $20,000 goal. She’s been working on the album at the palatial local studio Manifold Recording, and word is good. Robichaud will preview the new material (much of which has yet to be performed in public) Saturday at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre. Jack the Radio, AMFMS and others are also on the bill. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $10-$12. See lincolntheatre.com for details.
• All kinds of good stuff Friday: Chatham County Line shows off an excellent new album at Durham’s Carolina Theatre with Mipso opening, Asheville bluegrass combo Town Mountain is at Raleigh’s Southland Ballroom, Cousins tear up Slim’s in Raleigh and Texas honky-tonk god Dale Watson comes to Raleigh’s Pour House.
• Sharp singer-guitarist Sarah Borges plays Southland Saturday. Then the great Lucinda Williams opens a two-night run Monday at Saxapahaw’s Haw River Ballroom. Tuesday brings Clap Your Hands Say Yeah to Cat’s Cradle Back room and Merge’s King Khan & the Shrines opening another “Music in the Gardens” series at Duke.
• Weezer lingers on at Durham Performing Arts Center Thursday, the same night Widespread Panic opens a two-night run at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater. Also Thursday, the “Pickin’ in the Plaza” bluegrass series in downtown Raleigh opens with Lynda Dawson & Pattie Hopkins from Kickin Grass.