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Rock Picks: Veteran punk rockers X bring 40-year tour to Cat’s Cradle

The original X quartet is back together and on a 40-year tour that plays Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle Tuesday.
The original X quartet is back together and on a 40-year tour that plays Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle Tuesday. Courtesy of Gary Leonard

Punk rock was never exactly built for the long haul, but then again, X has always used a broader palette than loud-fast-rules. Indeed, if the Carter Family had come along a half-century later and paired their country-folk vocal harmonies with revved-up garage-band guitar, they might have come out something like the combination of John Doe and Exene Cervenka’s keening voices. And after an improbably long four decades, X remains shockingly good onstage.

The original quartet is back together and on a 40-year tour that plays Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle at 8 p.m. Tuesday and tickets are $20-$99 (yes, there is indeed a VIP package that involves various X-related souvenirs). Skating Polly opens. See catscradle.com for details.

Other highlights

  • Friday brings skronk-guitar king Adrian Belew to the Cradle, and Jack White’s pal Loretta Lynn to Durham’s Carolina Theatre.
  • Saturday is action-packed: Ben Folds at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater for the latest “Band Together” benefit concert; Will Oldham with classical ensemble eighth blackbird at Duke’s Baldwin Auditorium; Mipso opening the concert season at Raleigh’s N.C. Museum of Art; and Bombadil showing off its fine new album “Fences” (Ramseur Records) at Carrboro ArtsCenter.
  • Regrettably, Megafaun hasn’t been a full-time band for a couple of years now, but the trio’s members all keep busy with other bands – and they’ll still come together now and then to play for the occasional worthy cause. So it is that Megafaun is on the bill for Saturday’s “Don’t Be Mean to People” ACLU benefit at Durham’s Ponysaurus Brewing Company. With Hiss Golden Messenger, Mount Moriah, Shirlette Ammons, Loamlands and Mac “DJ Bug Spray” McCaughan also on the bill, it should be spectacular all the way around. It gets going at 5 p.m. Saturday and tickets are $20-$25. See ponysaurusbrewing.com for details.
  • Rhiannon Giddens sings at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Memorial Hall Sunday, the same night Spoon is at the Raleigh Ritz while members of the Connells, Backsliders and others play a Bob Dylan birthday tribute at Kings in Raleigh.
  • Montreal’s Besnard Lakes come to the Cradle Monday, and American Aquarium frontman BJ Barham’s “Great 48” solo tour includes Raleigh’s Pour House on Tuesday.
  • The BellRays bring maximum R&B to Chapel Hill’s Local 506 Wednesday, and the Pixies play Durham Performing Arts Center Thursday.
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