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Rock Picks: Catch Birds and Arrows at Cat’s Cradle

The Triangle band Birds and Arrows departs for Arizona soon, but they have a few live local gigs before that happens. Catch them at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro Saturday or at Kings in Raleigh on Nov. 6.
The Triangle band Birds and Arrows departs for Arizona soon, but they have a few live local gigs before that happens. Catch them at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro Saturday or at Kings in Raleigh on Nov. 6.

The first song on Birds and Arrows’ fine new album “Edge of Everything” (Riff City Sounds) is called “Desert Home,” which is fitting in more ways than one. After nearly a decade in the Triangle as highly active and visible members of the local music community, Pete and Andrea Connolly are moving to the desert environs of Tucson, Ariz., in search of further inspiration. But “Edge of Everything” is a high note for the folk-rock duo to leave on, with stellar production by Chris Stamey and contributions from members of Ben Folds Five, Mountain Goats, Backsliders and others.

Before they depart, Birds and Arrows will show off “Edge of Everything” live at a few Triangle dates including Saturday at Cat’s Cradle Back Room (catscradle.com) in Carrboro and Nov. 6 at Kings (kingsbarcade.com) in Raleigh.

Other highlights

  • If you’re not partaking of this weekend’s World of Bluegrass, there’s plenty going on elsewhere: Luncida Williams at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Memorial Hall and Big Freedia at the Raleigh Ritz on Friday, or blues-rock guitar god Buddy Guy at Memorial on Saturday.
  • Bela Fleck isn’t playing World of Bluegrass, but he is playing Durham’s Carolina Theatre Sunday with fusion pianist Chick Corea.
  • This week brings variations of soul with the Jacksons at the Carolina on Monday, and Grammy-winning Englishman Sam Smith’s rescheduled show Tuesday at Raleigh’s PNC Arena.
  • Jackson Browne sings at Durham Performing Arts Center Wednesday, the same night Collective Soul plays the Ritz. And Baltimore pop band Beach House plays Saxapahaw’s Haw River Ballroom Thursday.
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