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Rock Picks: Glen Hansard teams with Richard Thompson at DPAC

Oscar-winning “Once” co-star Glen Hansard has a new album out – “Didn’t He Ramble” – and he’ll play on a double-bill with guitar god Richard Thompson Friday in Durham.
Oscar-winning “Once” co-star Glen Hansard has a new album out – “Didn’t He Ramble” – and he’ll play on a double-bill with guitar god Richard Thompson Friday in Durham. Getty Images for Americana Music

Irishman Glen Hansard’s latest solo album is called “Didn’t He Ramble” (Anti- Records), but it sounds more like a quiet late-night murmur than a full-on ramble. The album finds the Oscar-winning “Once” co-star and co-leader of the Frames and Swell Season, wandering off into the mystic on 10 songs that are plenty dramatic without resorting to high-volume theatrics. Hansard will play it live Friday at Durham Performing Arts Center, on a spectacular double-bill with guitar god Richard Thompson.

Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets are $30.50-$50.50 (plus taxes and fees). See dpacnc.com for details.

Other highlights

  • Boulevards is Raleigh native Jamil Rashad, and he’s a master of the funk who probably won’t be playing local clubs for very much longer. So catch him in intimate surroundings while you can, 9 p.m. Friday at Kings in Raleigh with TOW3RS. Tickets are $12, details at kingsbarcade.com.
  • Now that Thanksgiving is over with, Christmas-music season is upon us. This week’s seasonally appropriate offerings include the NC Symphony’s “Holiday Pops” Friday and Saturday at Raleigh’s Meymandi Concert Hall; “It’s Christmas With John Berry,” featuring the country singer at Goldsboro’s Paramount Theatre Saturday; the great Englishman Nick Lowe’s “Quality Holiday Revue” with Los Straitjackets Wednesday at Duke’s Reynolds Theatre; and Kathy Mattea’s “Songs and the Season” Wednesday at Durham’s Carolina Theatre.
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