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.
- Friday also brings Phantogram to the Raleigh Ritz, guitar master Leo Kottke to Carrboro ArtsCenter and bluegrass great Doyle Lawson to Durham’s Motorco Music Hall.
- Between Tower of Power at the Carolina Theatre on Saturday and Rebirth Brass Band at Motorco next Thursday (Nov. 3), this is an excellent time for horn bands in Durham.
- Other Saturday options include honky-tonk freak Unknown Hinson at Raleigh’s Southland Ballroom, rising duo Muddy Magnolias at Motorco and Big Something hosting the Lincoln Theatre’s annual costume ball in Raleigh.
- And Halloween night, Monday, Kings in Raleigh has a very cool bill of Philly psychedelic rockers Purling Hiss with Zack Mexico and Acid Chaperone.