It’s been close to a decade since Greg Hawks has been heard from on record, entirely too long – which makes his fine new album “What Goes Around” (greghawksmusic.com) one of this year’s most welcome local-music returns. Hawks has played every kind of hardcore there is over the years, from punk to country, and “What Goes Around” occupies an airy middle ground that combines smartly delivered Americana and classic pure-pop goodness, enhanced by local studio auteur Chris Stamey’s on-point mix. Hawks will be on the bill with Stamey as well as Steve Howell & Caroline Mamoulides Saturday at Kings in Raleigh.
Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets are $10-$12. See kingsbarcade.com for details.
- The Love Language, Bombadil, Six String Drag, Jack the Radio and more are all part of an excellent lineup for Saturday’s day-long outdoor festival Groove in the Garden at Raleigh Little Theatre’s Stephenson Amphitheater.
- Also Saturday, 9th Wonder, Petey Pablo, Nappy Roots and Terminator X are among the main headliners for the Packapalooza bash on Raleigh’s Hillsborough Street (packapalooza.ncsu.edu).
- Sunday, Gladys Knight and the O’Jays sing classic soul at Durham Performing Arts Center, folksy local duo Lowland Hum shows off its fine new self-titled album at Chapel Hill’s Local 506 and O.A.R. jams long into the night at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater.
- Of Montreal holds forth Tuesday at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre.
- LA punk-Americana institution Social Distortion commemorates the quarter-century (!) anniversary of its 1990 self-titled breakthrough album at the Ritz Thursday. Also Thursday, Screaming Females play Durham’s Pinhook while American Aquarium plays with Chicken Wire Gang for free at American Tobacco’s WUNC Back Porch series.