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Rock Picks, May 8: Butch Walker at Carolina Theatre

Musician Butch Walker plays at Durham’s Carolina Theatre on Sunday, May 10, 2015.
Musician Butch Walker plays at Durham’s Carolina Theatre on Sunday, May 10, 2015. Noah Abrams

Jacksonville-born Ryan Adams hasn’t played his old Triangle stomping grounds in nearly a decade. But one of his better understudies is headed our way this week – Butch Walker, whose latest album “Afraid of Ghosts” (Dangerbird Records) was produced by Adams. In contrast to the onetime Marvelous 3 frontman’s usual pop exuberance, “Afraid of Ghosts” falls closer to the hushed registers of the solo acoustic Adams, with lots of whispery ambience and fraught emotion; sounds like someone falling apart, in which case Adams was the perfect choice to produce it. Walker will play it live at Durham’s Carolina Theatre Sunday. Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets are $26-$106.95. See carolinatheatre.org for details.

Other highlights

▪ Friday brings the Euro-rock stylings of New York’s Interpol to the Ritz in Raleigh, Speedy Ortiz to the Back Room of Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle, Roadkill Ghost Choir to Chapel Hill’s Local 506 and funk band Orgone to Raleigh’s Southland Ballroom.

▪ Kaiser Chiefs play the Cradle’s main room Saturday, the same night the honey-voiced Vince Gill sings at Durham Performing Arts Center, Manchester Orchestra plays Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater and Mastodon takes to the street outside Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre.

▪ Isley Brothers, one of the most venerable ensembles in the classic-R&B universe, come to DPAC on Sunday, the same night Built to Spill will crank guitars at the Cradle.

▪ Monday, Trombone Shorty funks up the Carolina Theatre while singer/songwriter Rob Nance is at Durham’s Pinhook. Toro y Moi holds forth at the Cradle on Tuesday, and alt-country wise guy Robbie Fulks plays the Southland on Thursday.

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