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Rock Picks: Hiss Golden Messenger and friends play at Duke

Hiss Golden Messenger plays with the Cook brothers from Megafaun plus members of Bon Iver and Bowerbirds along with Tift Merritt for two special “Heart Like a Levee” shows at Duke, Friday and Saturday.
Hiss Golden Messenger plays with the Cook brothers from Megafaun plus members of Bon Iver and Bowerbirds along with Tift Merritt for two special “Heart Like a Levee” shows at Duke, Friday and Saturday. Remedy

No matter what lineup it encompasses, Hiss Golden Messenger – the shape-shifting country-soul collective led by M.C. Taylor – is one of the Triangle’s best musical assemblages at any given time. So Taylor’s crew is the perfect choice for a very cool Duke Performances commission, a song cycle inspired by evocative photos of life around a Kentucky mining camp circa 1972. That’s “Heart Like a Levee,” with visuals by renowned photographer William Gedney. This version of Hiss Golden Messenger will include the Cook brothers from Megafaun, Phil and Brad, plus members of Bon Iver and Bowerbirds along with Tift Merritt and actor/playwright Mike Wiley.

They’ll perform it at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Duke’s Reynolds Industries Theater in Durham. Tickets are $10-$38. See dukeperformances.duke.edu for details.

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