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Rock Picks: Michael Rank and Stag show at Cat’s Cradle

Stag, an Americana collective led by Snatches of Pink’s Michael Rank, plays Friday at the Cat’s Cradle Back Room in Carrboro.
Stag, an Americana collective led by Snatches of Pink’s Michael Rank, plays Friday at the Cat’s Cradle Back Room in Carrboro.

Michael Rank and Stag album release show at the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro

Rock musicians turn down the volume and go semi-acoustic all the time, but few do so as effectively as Michael Rank – longtime rock god with his old band Snatches of Pink, and in recent years leader of an Americana collective called Stag. And where Snatches had Rolling Stones-style swagger, Stag evokes the “Wild Horse”/“Dead Flowers” end of the Stones spectrum with some Neil Young thrown in for good measure. The ensemble’s new album “Horsehair” is another ragged-glory masterpiece, with duet vocals from Mount Moriah’s Heather McEntire and an all-star supporting cast from members of The Old Ceremony, Chatham County Line, Tres Chicas and more.

Rank shows it off live Friday at Cat’s Cradle Back Room in Carrboro, where McEntire will open the evening with a solo set at 8 p.m. Cover is $7. See catscradle.com for details.

Other highlights

  • Phish, reigning rulers of the jam-band set, will return to Walnut Creek Friday, the same night Rey Pila opens for Brandon Flowers at the Raleigh Ritz.
  • Hot Tuna/Jefferson Airplane guitarist Jorma Kaukonen comes to Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre Saturday.
  • Tuesday brings Lyle Lovett and Leo Kottke to Durham Performing Arts Center, and Hard Working Americans to the Lincoln Theatre.
  • Straight out of Cleveland, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony play the Ritz Wednesday. Also Wednesday, Dexter Romweber is the latest guest at Rod Abernethy’s Songs From Downstairs series at Neptunes in Raleigh.
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