You could call Joanna Gruesome “whiplash rock,” given how many turn-on-a-dime shifts this young Welsh quintet runs through in the 10 songs comprising their fine new album “Peanut Butter” (Slumberland Records). They go from flat-out solo hollering to sweet harmonizing to chanting in unison, all in a matter of seconds, and that’s just the vocal approach. The arrangements alternate between chiming popcraft and overdrive raveups, pulsating along in a breathless 22 minutes before slowing down to the almost hymn-like closer “Hey! I Wanna Be Yr Best Friend.” Should make for a great live experience Monday at Cat’s Cradle Back Room in Carrboro.
The music starts at 8:30 p.m. and tickets are $10-$12. See catscradle.com for details.
- This weekend’s N.C. Central homecoming shows include Faith Evans on Friday, Big Sean on Saturday and Queen of Hip-Hop Soul Mary J. Blige on Sunday, all at DPAC.
- The N.C. Symphony plays “Halloween at Hogwarts: The Music of Harry Potter” Friday and Saturday at Raleigh’s Meymandi Concert Hall.
- Saturday’s Halloween-night options include screamo band Alesana at Raleigh’s Southland Ballroom and Big Something at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre.
- Birds of Avalon, featuring a double-drum lineup, play a “Day of the Dead” show Sunday at Kings in Raleigh with Bright Young Things and Acid Chaperone.
- Tuesday brings bluesman Tommy Castro to the Lincoln, Youth Lagoon to the Cradle and All That Remains to the Ritz in Raleigh.