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Rock Picks, May 29: The Tallest Man on Earth at DPAC

The Tallest Man on Earth (aka Kristian Matsson) will play Friday at Durham Performing Arts Center, with Madsen Ward and the Mama Bear opening.
The Tallest Man on Earth (aka Kristian Matsson) will play Friday at Durham Performing Arts Center, with Madsen Ward and the Mama Bear opening. CAMERON WITTIG

The Tallest Man on Earth started out as a goofy stage name for Kristian Matsson, a Swedish singer-songwriter who is not particularly tall. And yet the nom de plume kind of comes true on his very elegant new album, “Dark Bird Is Home” (Dead Oceans Records). In contrast to the earthy Dylan-esque rambles of past records, “Dark Bird Is Home” is light, airy and sounds as if it has descended from a great height. There’s a certain remoteness to the music, which is as mesmerizing as he’s ever sounded.

The Tallest Man on Earth will play it live Friday at Durham Performing Arts Center. Madsen Ward and the Mama Bear opens at 8 p.m. and tickets are $37.36-$45.06. See dpacnc.com for details.

Other highlights

▪ Also Friday, 6 String Drag is back in action at Raleigh’s Pour House.

▪ Two of Prince’s coolest ’80s understudies, Morris Day & The Time and Sheila E., play Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater Saturday, the same night Seattle’s Ivan & Alyosha plays Chapel Hill’s Local 506 and Acoustic Syndicate is at Raleigh’s Southland Ballroom.

▪ Carolina Chocolate Drop Rhiannon Giddens sings with Branford Marsalis, Kruger Brothers and the N.C. Symphony in a multi-style throw-down Tuesday at Raleigh’s Meymandi Concert Hall.

▪ Wednesday’s options abound – Decemberists at Red Hat with Shovels & Rope, Mipso at Duke’s Music in the Gardens, Oklahoma’s ethereal Other Lives at Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw and Milo Green at Durham’s Motorco Music Hall.

▪ And expatriate homegirl Tift Merritt comes back to sing with Red Clay Ramblers and Don Dixon at Pittsboro’s Fearrington Village Thursday, a benefit for the Be Loud! Sophie Foundation.

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