There’s a moment toward the end of Future Islands’ most recent album “Singles” (4AD Records) where frontman Samuel T. Herring basically transforms into The Incredible Hulk right before your ears. The album’s penultimate track is called “Fall From Grace,” and it starts out as a pretty standard romantic post-mortem – until the chorus, when the electronic-pop polish gives way and Herring’s subdued croon suddenly amps up to a cathartic, paint-peeling yowl that stands as the single scariest recorded moment in recent memory. “Was it ALL INSIDE OF ME?!!!” It’s an amazing vocal moment in a career full of them, a tribute to Herring’s voice as one of the most remarkable instruments in popular music.
It should be amazing to hear live on Sunday when the group headlines “Future Islands 1,000” at Carrboro Town Commons, a daylong extravaganza in honor of the 1,000th live performance of the band’s career. Fellow travelers on the bill include Dan Deacon, Danny Brown, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat, Valient Thorr and Lonnie Walker. The music starts at 2:30 p.m. and tickets are $20. See catscradle.com for details.
- From the Wu-Tang Clan hip-hop orbit, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah come to Raleigh’s Ritz on Friday.
- Local emcee SkyBlew shows off his new album at Cat’s Cradle Back Room Saturday. ’90s alternative rock soldiers on with Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson, who will scare the children Sunday night at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater.
- My Morning Jacket has a busy couple of days around here next week – appearing at a “Film Acoustic” screening of the 1982 fantasy flick “The Dark Crystal” Monday night at Durham’s Carolina Theatre, then playing Tuesday at Red Hat. AlsoTuesday, The Veldt is back to play Raleigh’s Pour House.
- And Thursday brings neo-soul songstress Jill Scott to Durham Performing Arts Center, and the Euro-tech group KMFDM to Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh.