“Wray,” the self-titled debut mini-album from the Alabama rock trio of that name, makes a compelling argument for the value of momentum. Between the chiming surf-guitar hooks and spaced-out ambience, it’s an appealing sound from the get-go – but what puts it over the top is its relentlessly propulsive sense of forward motion. “Wray” sounds great on headphones as well as while driving (yes, I’ve tried both), and it also should sound great live. The band plays twice in the Triangle Thursday (April 30), starting with a free 3 p.m. set at Schoolkids Records in Mission Valley in Raleigh and then at 9 p.m. at Chapel Hill’s Cave with Lost Trail ($5 cover). See caverntavern.com for details.
▪ Friday finds alt-country supergroup Tres Chicas reconvening for the first time in quite a while at Cary Theater, while singer-pianist Diana Krall is at Raleigh’s Memorial Auditorium and Yellowcard headlines at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre. Also, Catie Curtis plays an Urban Ministries benefit at Durham’s St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Joe Pug plays the Back Room of Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle, the Art of Cool Festival gets underway in Durham and My Brightest Diamond bandleader Shara Worden performing with the N.C. Symphony at Meymandi Hall (and again on Saturday).
▪ If you don’t already have tickets for Bob Dylan’s sold-out Saturday show at Durham Performing Arts Center, there’s also TOW3RS at Kings in Raleigh or Seether at Raleigh’s Ritz.
▪ Surf-guitar god Dick Dale plays the Lincoln on Sunday, and Wednesday brings bluesman Taj Mahal to Durham’s Carolina Theatre and Langhorne Slim to Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw.