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Rock Picks: Liz Vice brings spirit and soul to Durham’s Motorco

Liz Vice plays Motorco Music Hall in Durham on Friday.
Liz Vice plays Motorco Music Hall in Durham on Friday. ShoreFire Media/Ramseur Records

Soul music never gets too terribly far away from its gospel roots, but faith is closer to the surface with some acts than others. Both spirituality and gratitude are right up-front and in abundance on Oregon-born soul singer Liz Vice’s luminous debut album, “There’s a Light” (Ramseur Records). It’s an old-school throwback that establishes Vice as a latter-day voice on par with Brittany Howard from Alabama Shakes, and Vice will conduct services Friday in Durham.

The show is at Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave., where doors open at 7 p.m. and music starts at 8 with the similarly inclined Dark Water Rising. Tickets are $10-$12. See motorcomusic.com for details.

Other highlights

  • Speaking of hardcore roots music, Friday also brings the Cedric Burnside Project (led by the grandson of the late great North Mississippi blues icon R.L. Burnside) to Durham’s Blue Note Grill.
  • Saturday afternoon, Southern Culture on the Skids headline Carrboro Elementary’s Back to School Rock Bash at Cat’s Cradle, while Raleigh Little Theatre has The Connells with The Old Ceremony and Bauhaus/Love and Rockets co-founder David J.
  • Saturday night, William Tyler casts guitar-god spells at Saxapahaw’s Haw River Ballroom.
  • Monday brings monster drummer Terry Bozzio to Raleigh’s Pour House, Cymbals Eat Guitars to Kings and Cody Canada to Motorco.
  • The Cult continues rockin’ in the free world at the Raleigh Ritz on Tuesday, the same night Okkervil River is at the Cradle and Atlanta’s alt-metal Sevendust plays Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre.
  • Wednesday brings singer/songwriter Amos Lee to Durham Performing Arts Center, and the satirical metal stylings of Rob Crow’s Goblin Cock to the Cradle – which has Built to Spill on Thursday.