As anyone who’s ever been there will tell you, the onset of parenthood can be positively world-rocking – an emotional cocktail of joy and exhaustion, with enough insomnia and terror mixed in to bring on something like shellshock. It was in the midst of this experience that the local ambient jazz combo The Hot At Nights made their new album, “Three Kids” (named in honor of guitarist Chris Boerner and hornman Matt Douglas becoming new parents – Douglas with twins!). It would be hard to say these 10 stately, trance-inducing instrumentals are about parenthood, exactly, and yet they somehow brought back memories of my own early time in that state. It’s a cool listen.
The group will show the album off Saturday night at Raleigh’s Pour House Music Hall. Doors open at 8 p.m. and music commences at 9 with Hammer No More the Fingers guitarist Joe Hall’s Blanko Basnet. Tickets are $10-$12. For details, see thepourhousemusichall.com.
- Elsewhere Saturday, the North Carolina heritage band Arrogance plays its first Triangle show in seven years at Kings in Raleigh while saxophone god Ken Vandermark is downstairs at Neptunes, the rapper Future headlines a hip-hop bill at Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek, and Triangle expatriate Greg Humphreys comes back to Carrboro for a show at Cat’s Cradle Back Room with the Dynamite Brothers.
- Sunday brings the delightfully surreal pop of Robyn Hitchcock (whose self-titled new album is fantastic) to Carrboro ArtsCenter, Nickel Creek’s Sara Watkins to the Cradle and Englishmen The xx to Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater.
- Los Angeles quartet Warpaint rocks the Cradle on Monday. Tuesday, sacred-steel ace Robert Randolph plays Durham’s Carolina Theatre while Dex Romweber is on the bill with Jennifer Curtis at the Cradle Back Room.
- The very fine Americana singer/songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff is among the opening acts for Kings of Leon at Walnut Creek Wednesday.
- And Thursday brings big-voiced songstress Anne-Claire Niver from Greensboro over to the Cradle Back Room, the same night Roomful of Blues are at Durham’s Blue Note and Doug Tuttle plays cool retro-pop at Slim’s in Raleigh.