Chris Stamey has always been one of the Triangle region’s greatest connectors among musicians, and here is another example bearing fruit: Au Pair, a partnership between Jayhawks co-leader Gary Louris and Django Haskins from the excellent local noir-pop band The Old Ceremony. Louris and Haskins met in 2013 when they both played one of Stamey’s all-star “Big Star’s Third” concerts, and they found enough in common to craft the very fine new album “One-Armed Candy Bear” (Sham/Thirty Tigers Records) – which is a lot more dark and less twee than you might guess from that title. As unlikely as Au Pair’s pairing is, it’s the rare combination where the principles mesh well while also retaining enough of their individuality where you can hear the influence of both source groups.
They’ll play it live Saturday at the Back Room of Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle. Beauty World opens at 9 p.m. and tickets are $12. Check catscradle.com for details.
- Donna the Buffalo, a regular around these parts at the outdoor Shakori Grassroots Festivals, plays indoors Friday at Saxapahaw’s Haw River Ballroom. Also Friday, the Cradle Back Room has Magnolia Collective, Jphono1 and Mark Holland’s electric duo.
- Saturday brings Kruger Brothers to Raleigh’s Fletcher Opera Hall for a sold out PineCone show.
- Monday, Atlanta rapper Waka Flocka opens a sold-out three-night run at the Cradle. Devon Allman (Gregg’s son) plays Raleigh’s Pour House Tuesday. Sludge-rock duo Jucifer is at the Cradle Back Room Wednesday. And Staind’s Aaron Lewis plays the Raleigh Ritz on Thursday.