“Sometimes life is really just this simple,” Bottle Rockets main man Brian Henneman sings on one of his band’s new songs – “I love my dog.” Few bands are better at evoking the large pleasures of small things than the Bottle Rockets. Their latest album “South Broadway Athletic Club” (Bloodshot Records) has 11 paeans to the little things that make life worth living, from beloved pets to sittin’ ‘n’ doin’ nothin’ when you’re tired, underscored by Eric “Roscoe” Ambel’s expert production of their righteous bar-band arrangements.
The Bottle Rockets always deliver live, too, and they’ll do that Tuesday at Cat’s Cradle Back Room in Carrboro. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., Mark Olson from Jayhawks opens at 8:30 and tickets are $15. See catscradle.com for details.
- R&B quintet Mint Condition sings at the Raleigh Ritz Friday, the same night Mount Moriah plays Pinhook in Durham.
- Aimee Argot is back as Des Ark with a fine new album, “Everything Dies,” which she’ll play at Carrboro’s Back Alley Bikes Saturday. Also Saturday, Southern Culture on the Skids are at Raleigh’s Pour House. And Heartwood opens a 40-year-reunion two-night stand at the Cradle Back Room.
- Justin Townes Earle sings his songs Monday at Saxapahaw’s Haw River Ballroom. Tuesday brings Glass Animals to the Ritz, Waxahatchee to the Cradle and Christian pop singer Chris Tomlin to Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre.
- And the great Texas mystic Ray Wylie Hubbard weaves his spell Thursday at Raleigh’s Southland Ballroom.