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Rock Picks: Dragmatic performs from new album at King’s

Dragmatic will show off "At Least We're Not Dead Yet" Saturday at Kings in Raleigh, on a bill with Old Quarter and Amigo.
Dragmatic will show off "At Least We're Not Dead Yet" Saturday at Kings in Raleigh, on a bill with Old Quarter and Amigo.

Dragmatic showcases new album at King’s

Leave it to Ryan Kennemur, possibly the most self-effacing rock-band frontman in this or any other town, to name his band Dragmatic’s new album “At Least We’re Not Dead Yet” – even when he’s trying to be glass-half-full about things, optimism just seems like an easy way out for someone as modest as him. But Dragmatic wears that underdog status well on “Not Dead Yet,” a sharp collection of raw, twangy pop-rock that should be in the strike zone for anyone who fondly remembers the Replacements. Dragmatic will show off “At Least We’re Not Dead Yet” Saturday at Kings in Raleigh, on a bill with Old Quarter and Amigo. Cover is $10 and the music starts at 9 p.m. See kingsbarcade.com for details.

Other highlights

  • This weekend offers a really solid pre-holiday rush of fine, fine local music including The Old Ceremony at Durham’s Pinhook on Friday; Superchunk’s Mac McCaughan on a killer bill also featuring Zack Mexico and Birds of Avalon, Friday at Durham’s Motorco Music Hall; country-soul man Josh Moore playing a full-band show at Kings on Friday; Jeff Carroll’s current band Lemon Sparks at The Station in Carrboro; American Aquarium playing City Plaza at Saturday’s Raleigh Winterfest (RaleighWinterfest.com); and North Carolina expatriate Darwin Deez coming back to play Local 506 on Saturday.
  • New numbers: Local author David Klein applies a tongue-in-cheek sense of rock-geek fun to the rigors of accountancy on his book “If 6 Was 9” (if6was9-thebook.com), tracing number-related songs from 1 to 99. He’ll mark the book’s publication Wednesday at Motorco, with artists including Connells singer Doug MacMillan, Billy Sugarfix, Jeff Hart, NC Music Love Army ringleader Jon Lindsay and others performing number-related songs. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and it’s just $5. Details at motorcomusic.com.
  • Furthermore: Nighthawks play the blues Sunday at Durham’s Blue Note Grill; Tuesday brings venerable hit makers Hall & Oates to Durham Performing Arts Center; Red Clay Ramblers kick off a three-night run Wednesday at the Back Room of Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle with Coastal Cohorts, featuring Don Dixon among others; the great Rosanne Cash plays a Duke Performances show Thursday at Page Auditorium in Durham; and the Pepper-Mike-Reed-Woody lineup of Corrosion of Conformity plays Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre on Thursday.
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