Baseball season isn’t the only thing that gets going every April – it’s also the month when outdoor music kicks into gear. And Saturday night offers not just one but two choice options. First up, rising English art-rock band alt-J will open another concert season at Red Hat Amphitheater in downtown Raleigh. And at the other end of the Triangle, the thoroughly wonderful Durham electronic-pop duo Sylvan Esso plays at Carrboro Town Commons that same night. You’ll find details for each show at redhatamphitheater.com and catscradle.com, respectively. Meanwhile, keep an eye out for our upcoming annual Outdoor Music Guide, which will see the light of print on April 17.
▪ Moving back indoors, Friday brings Sonny Ledfurd to Raleigh’s Southland Ballroom and jazzman Boney James to Carolina Theatre in Durham.
▪ Saturday, local roots-rock deity Dex Romweber headlines at the Cat’s Cradle Back Room in Carrboro, pop duo Mates of State are at Durham’s Pinhook and black-metal band Liturgy plays Kings in Raleigh.
▪ Amanda (Expletive) Palmer will do her thing Monday at Raleigh’s Fletcher Hall, and on Tuesday, Durham’s Mountain Goats mark the release of their fine new album “Beat the Champ” (Merge Records) with a sold-out show at the Cradle.