In our latest installment of When Awful Names Happen To Great Bands, we check in with Diarrhea Planet, the stellar (but yes, hideously named) septet from Nashville. The group’s very fine new album “Turn to Gold” (Infinity Cat/Dine Alone Records) is terrific amped-up pop-rock with guitar riffs as metallic as they’ve ever sounded – imagine Van Halen as a garage-rock band that never took the jump to arena-sized metal, and it’s something like that. Should be cool as always onstage, when Diarrhea Planet plays Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle on Wednesday.
Showtime is 8 p.m., Western Medication and Nude Party are the opening acts and tickets are $12-$15. See catscradle.com for details.
- Downtown Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater has its final show of the 2016 season on Friday with Chance The Rapper. Also Friday, man-about-town Joe Newberry plays Durham’s Blue Note Grill with April Verch, while 3 Doors Down is at Durham Performing Arts Center and Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre has Clutch.
- Saturday brings John Paul White from The Civil Wars to Raleigh’s Fletcher Opera Theatre.
- Yes spinoff Anderson, Rabin & Wakeman plays Sunday at DPAC.
- And Wednesday brings Wood Brothers to Durham’s Carolina Theatre, plus Turnpike Troubadours to the Lincoln.