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Rock Picks: Au Pair plays Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle

Au Pair plays songs from their new album “One-Armed Candy Bear” at Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle.
Au Pair plays songs from their new album “One-Armed Candy Bear” at Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle.

Chris Stamey has always been one of the Triangle region’s greatest connectors among musicians, and here is another example bearing fruit: Au Pair, a partnership between Jayhawks co-leader Gary Louris and Django Haskins from the excellent local noir-pop band The Old Ceremony. Louris and Haskins met in 2013 when they both played one of Stamey’s all-star “Big Star’s Third” concerts, and they found enough in common to craft the very fine new album “One-Armed Candy Bear” (Sham/Thirty Tigers Records) – which is a lot more dark and less twee than you might guess from that title. As unlikely as Au Pair’s pairing is, it’s the rare combination where the principles mesh well while also retaining enough of their individuality where you can hear the influence of both source groups.

They’ll play it live Saturday at the Back Room of Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle. Beauty World opens at 9 p.m. and tickets are $12. Check catscradle.com for details.

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