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Rock Picks: Mike Doughty brings his big band to the Cat’s Cradle

Onetime Soul Coughing main man Mike Doughty is currently touring with an ensemble touted as the largest band he’s ever taken on the road, including cello and organ. Doughty will bring his big band to Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle on Friday for an 8 p.m. show.
Onetime Soul Coughing main man Mike Doughty is currently touring with an ensemble touted as the largest band he’s ever taken on the road, including cello and organ. Doughty will bring his big band to Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle on Friday for an 8 p.m. show.

Onetime Soul Coughing main man Mike Doughty is currently touring with an ensemble touted as the largest band he’s ever taken on the road, including cello and organ. And yet it doesn’t really matter what sonic goodies and extra trappings Doughty surrounds himself with, because all you’re going to notice is That Voice – a character actor of a vocal instrument, wide-eyed and arrestingly raspy. It’s a voice you expect to hear in an atmospheric cop flick, narrating a story involving outlandish tales and crimes in the naked city – and it works perfectly on his hopped-up new album “The Heart Watches While the Brain Burns” (Snacker Records).

Doughty will bring his big band to Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle on Friday for an 8 p.m. show. Wheatus opens and tickets are $18. See catscradle.com for details.

Other highlights

  • Also Friday: Backsliders and 6 String Drag play next door at the Cradle’s Back Room, in what they’re billing as their first show together in 18 years (!); Staind’s Aaron Lewis comes to the Raleigh Ritz; and Branford Marsalis Quartet opens a two-night Duke Performances run at Baldwin Auditorium.
  • Saturday brings hip-hop to Raleigh’s Pour House with Kooley High, and the first of two nights with Waka Flocka Flame at the Cradle.
  • Zack Mexico casts spells Sunday at the Pour House with Mike Dillon Band.
  • And rock scion Dweezil Zappa plays Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre on Thursday.
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