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Rock Picks: Welsh rockers Joanna Gruesome at Cat’s Cradle

Welsh quintet Joanna Gruesome go from flat-out solo hollering to sweet harmonizing to chanting in unison, all in a matter of seconds, and that’s just the vocal approach. They play Monday at Cat’s Cradle Back Room in Carrboro.
Welsh quintet Joanna Gruesome go from flat-out solo hollering to sweet harmonizing to chanting in unison, all in a matter of seconds, and that’s just the vocal approach. They play Monday at Cat’s Cradle Back Room in Carrboro. crashingthroughpublicity.com

You could call Joanna Gruesome “whiplash rock,” given how many turn-on-a-dime shifts this young Welsh quintet runs through in the 10 songs comprising their fine new album “Peanut Butter” (Slumberland Records). They go from flat-out solo hollering to sweet harmonizing to chanting in unison, all in a matter of seconds, and that’s just the vocal approach. The arrangements alternate between chiming popcraft and overdrive raveups, pulsating along in a breathless 22 minutes before slowing down to the almost hymn-like closer “Hey! I Wanna Be Yr Best Friend.” Should make for a great live experience Monday at Cat’s Cradle Back Room in Carrboro.

The music starts at 8:30 p.m. and tickets are $10-$12. See catscradle.com for details.

Other highlights

  • This weekend’s N.C. Central homecoming shows include Faith Evans on Friday, Big Sean on Saturday and Queen of Hip-Hop Soul Mary J. Blige on Sunday, all at DPAC.
  • The N.C. Symphony plays “Halloween at Hogwarts: The Music of Harry Potter” Friday and Saturday at Raleigh’s Meymandi Concert Hall.
  • Saturday’s Halloween-night options include screamo band Alesana at Raleigh’s Southland Ballroom and Big Something at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre.
  • Birds of Avalon, featuring a double-drum lineup, play a “Day of the Dead” show Sunday at Kings in Raleigh with Bright Young Things and Acid Chaperone.
  • Tuesday brings bluesman Tommy Castro to the Lincoln, Youth Lagoon to the Cradle and All That Remains to the Ritz in Raleigh.
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