Chris Stamey’s stature in the local-music community is a cross between art-school historian and finishing-school advisor. He’s the ultimate connector between different generations, bringing together wily veterans with younger players on a wide array of cool projects (most notably the recurrent live performances of Big Star’s “Sister Lovers/Third” he has overseen in recent years). Stamey’s new album is the aptly titled “Euphoria” (Yep Roc Records), a deliriously catchy song cycle that finds him back in rock-band territory after the chamber-pop of 2013’s “Lovesick Blues.” Oldies-but-goodies like Mitch Easter and Teenage Fanclub’s Normak Blake make contributions, plus young guns from Stamey’s circle including Jeff Crawford and The Old Ceremony’s Django Haskins. And as is standard for Stamey, the album’s melodic pop-craft is impeccable with razor-sharp hooks and cool vintage-pop flourishes suggesting a blend of Swinging London and soulful Southern pop.
Stamey marks the release of “Euphoria” Saturday at Cat’s Cradle Back Room. Opening the show are Fellow Travelers, a trio of Haskins, Skylar Gudasz and Brett Harris. Doors open at 8 p.m., music starts at 9 and tickets are $10 advance, $12 day of show. See catscradle.com for details.
▪ Also this week, Megafaun’s Phil Cook will offer up a preview of his spectacular upcoming album “Southland Mission,” due out in September. It’s an ambitious work taking in the whole of American music, and so sprawling that showing it off properly is going to take three nights. So Cook is playing Monday through Wednesday at Duke University’s Music in the Gardens series with guests including Phil’s brother Brad, Mount Moriah’s Heather McEntire, Jeanne Jolly, Tender Fruit’s Christy Smith, Be Good Tanyas’ Frazey Ford, Charlie Parr, the Branchettes, Ryan Gustafson, Sylvan Esso’s Amelia Meath and more. It should be amazing. Tickets are $5-$10 per night, and showtime is 7 p.m. See dukeperformances.duke.edu for details.
▪ Friday is super-busy, between Hozier at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater, Neko Case at N.C. Museum of Art (with Love Language opening) and the ever-present Django Haskins teaming up with Jayhawks main man Gary Louris as Au Pair to open for Chatham County Line at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre.
▪ Arcade Fire’s Will Butler hosts a “Film Acoustic” showing of Terry Gilliam’s “Twelve Monkeys” at Durham’s Carolina Theatre Monday.
▪ On Wednesday, Jim Lauderdale plays Raleigh’s Southland Ballroom and Kenny Roby is guest on Rod Abernethy’s “Songs From Downstairs” series at Neptune’s. And the great Afrobeat master King Sunny Ade plays Raleigh’s N.C. Museum of Art on Thursday.