It’s just a bit ironic that Sufjan Stevens will ascend to the biggest Triangle venue he’s ever played while touring for an album that is among the quietest he’s ever made. That’s “Carrie & Lowell” (Asthmatic Kitty Records), named after his stepdad and mother – and steeped in grief over the 2012 death by cancer of the latter. In contrast to Stevens’ recent orchestral work, these 11 electro-folk songs are more hushed and almost uncomfortably intimate. Should be interesting to see live, 7:30 p.m. Thursday (May 7) at Durham Performing Arts Center. Moses Sumney opens and tickets are $40. See dpacnc.com or catscradle.com for details.
▪ Friday brings New Order’s Peter Hook to Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle, Barefoot Movement to the Carrboro ArtsCenter and the Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band to Chapel Hill’s Local 506.
▪ The rapper Tyler, The Creator holds forth at Raleigh’s Ritz on Saturday, the same night Sturgill Simpson is back to open for Old Crow Medicine Show at Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre and Mandolin Orange shows off its new album at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Memorial Hall.
▪ Corey Glover and Doug Pinnick (from Living Colour and King’s X, respectively) play Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre Sunday.
▪ Jenny Lewis peels off from her opening-act slot on the Ryan Adams tour to headline herself Monday at Saxapahaw’s Haw River Ballroom. Classic-rock icon John Fogerty plays Tuesday at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheatre.
▪ Thursday’s highlights include ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead at the Cradle and Matthew E. White with Phil Cook at Motorco in Durham.