When it comes to the country/folk-leaning part of local music, it seems to be brought to us by the letter M. Consider Mount Moriah, Mandolin Orange, Josh Moore, Hiss Golden Messenger and, of course, the late lamented Megafaun. It’s an odd little coincidental curiosity, and you can add Mipso to that list. The Chapel Hill quartet’s very fine new album “Old Time Reverie” (Robust Records) is as sharp as they’ve ever sounded, 11 solid songs that go well beyond traditional string-band music with abundant pop sense. In advance of their upcoming World of Bluegrass star turn next month, Mipso previews “Old Time Reverie” this weekend at Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle.
Kristin Andreasson opens at 8 p.m. Friday (a seated show), while the aforementioned Josh Moore opens Saturday’s show at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15-$17 Friday and $12-$15 Saturday. See catscradle.com for details.
- This will be kind of like Flashback Friday at Raleigh’s outdoor amphitheaters: the ’70s rule Walnut Creek with Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire, while the ’80s prevail at Red Hat with Rick Springfield, the Romantics and Loverboy.
- Conscious-rap group Arrested Development on Saturday is the big draw of this weekend’s African-American Cultural Festival on the streets of downtown Raleigh (aacfestival.org).
- Vagabond Saints’ Society, which is basically Chris Stamey and Friends, will recreate XTC’s signpost 1986 album “Skylarking” Saturday at Cat’s Cradle Back Room. Also Saturday, Hank Sinatra headlines a benefit for the anti-domestic-violence group Interact at Raleigh’s Southland Ballroom, while the 21st annual Progday progressive-rock festival kicks off at Chapel Hill’s Storybook Farm with Chilean band TRYO, Belgium’s Quantum Fantay and others (ProgDay.net).
- Walnut Creek will turn over radically different midweek crowds with Van Halen playing there Wednesday followed by 5 Seconds of Summer on Thursday. Also Thursday, Watkins Family Hour comes to the Cradle while Chatham County Line plays the final show of WUNC’s “Back Porch Music on the Lawn” 2015 series at Durham’s American Tobacco.