There are more good-to-great local acts than ever these days, and the only real difference between now and some imaginary past golden era is the state of the larger music industry. There really aren’t record deals to go chasing after anymore, but that’s not a problem because it doesn’t seem to be stopping anybody. A fantastic case in point is Josh Moore, a Carrboro singer-songwriter who recently self-released what is shaping up as one of 2015’s best albums. “Parted Ways” (moorejosh.com) is an amazingly assured debut album, with hints of Hiss Golden Messenger’s sanctified country soul and the stoic stateliness of The Band.
It’s righteous in more ways than one, every note ringing perfectly true. Moore plays it live at Durham’s Pinhook Friday with Dead Tongues. Showtime is 10 p.m. and $8 will get you in. See thepinhook.com for details.
- Speaking of righteous,The Be Loud! Sophie Foundation has another round of benefit shows this weekend for the cause of supporting young adult cancer patients. It’s another first-class lineup that is a veritable blast from the past – Southern Culture on the Skids, Dillon Fence, The Veldt, Chicken Wire Gang, local supergroup Preeesh! and others – playing Friday and Saturday at Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle. See catscradle.com for schedule and ticket details, and beloudsophie.org for more on the foundation.
- Kings in Raleigh celebrates the five-year anniversary of its current location with a Friday night “Cover Up Encore” featuring The Whom, Vanilla Trainwreck playing Television and Brett Harris and Friends playing Fleetwood Mac. Also Friday, Iris Dement brings her amazing voice to Durham’s Carolina Theatre, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band funks up Raleigh’s Southland Ballroom and Raleigh’s PNC Arena plays host to Motley Crue and Alice Cooper.
- Saturday brings operatic country to Raleigh’s N.C. Museum of Art with the Mavericks, classic soul to Durham Performing Arts Center with Temptations and Four Tops, Earl Sweatshirt at Raleigh’s Ritz and A-list hip-hop with J. Cole playing a hometown show at Fayetteville’s Crown Auditorium.
- Bluesman Keb Mo plays the Carolina Theatre in Durham on Monday. And Gregg Allman is at Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre Tuesday, with Doobie Brothers in tow.