Marti Jones has spent more time painting than singing over the past decade or so. But as is evident whenever Jones steps to the microphone, the years have been kind to her dusky voice. Fortuitously, she’s put down her paintbrushes long enough to hit the road for some shows with Don Dixon, her husband, producer and performing partner since the mid-1980s. Their latest album together, “Living Stereo” (D.A.R. Records), is a very fine and beautifully sung ballad collection long on old-school pop verities, with charming low-tech percussion touches throughout. Jones and Dixon will do it up live Saturday at Cat’s Cradle Back Room in Carrboro. Lynn Blakey, who used to be in Dixon’s 1980s-vintage peers Let’s Active back in the day, opens at 8 p.m. and tickets are $15-$17. See catscradle.com for details.
• Friday, Leftover Salmon (whose current lineup features Little Feat keyboardist Bill Payne) plays a Widespread Panic after-party at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre, while Danny Gotham and friends play the Dirt Band-inspired “Songs From the Circle 3” at the Carrboro ArtsCenter. The somewhat crazed Texas guitar-drums duo Ghost Wolves play Slim’s in Raleigh Saturday, the same night Sidecar Social Club plays a smoother blend of jazz and blues at Papa Mojo’s in Durham.
• Andrew Bird comes to Cat’s Cradle on Tuesday, with expatriate homegirl Tift Merritt. Also Tuesday, sultry New Orleans singer Carsie Blanton plays Raleigh’s Pour House. Two orchestral-leaning pop bands, Brooklyn’s Plume Giant and Pakistan’s Poor Rich Boy, play Wednesday’s “Music in the Gardens” show at Duke. Wednesday also brings Dr. Dog to the Cradle, and the French group Moutin Factory Quintet to Sharp Nine/Durham Jazz Workshop.
• Downtown Raleigh will be crazy-busy Thursday night – iconic Blur frontman Damon Albarn at Lincoln Theatre, Vampire Weekend with Cults at Red Hat Amphitheater and Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba headlining the latest Oak City 7 free show on City Plaza, all within a few blocks of each other.