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Rock Picks: Ian Hunter and Jeffrey Dean Foster at Cat’s Cradle

Ian Hunter will perform Friday at the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro.
Ian Hunter will perform Friday at the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro. Ross Halfin

Between David Bowie, Prince, Earth Wind & Fire’s Maurice White and numerous other recently departed late greats, 2016 has been an absolutely wretched year for rock-star deaths. That’s all the more reason to give thanks that Ian Hunter, onetime frontman of glam icons Mott the Hoople, is still kicking it at the spry age of 77 years young. On his new album “Fingers Crossed” (JJM Records), Hunter sounds as great as ever in applying his wink-and-a-nod barroom rasp to 10 songs crackling with life. “You Can’t Live in the Past,” Hunter opines on the penultimate track, and it’s to his everlasting credit that he sounds like he’s doing nothing of the sort. Long may he wail. Hunter will appear live and in-person Friday at Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle, with the great singer/songwriter Jeffrey Dean Foster also on the bill.

Doors open at 7 p.m., music starts at 8 and tickets are $25-$28. See catscradle.com for details.

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