Perhaps you’ve had the thought: What WOULD signature songs by local acts like country group Delta Rae or electronic duo Sylvan Esso sound like rearranged as jazz instrumentals? Even if you haven’t, local combo Hot at Nights has made a pretty cool little record answering that very question, and more. “Cool It” is a five-track mini-album also featuring choice cuts by Future Islands, Hammer No More the Fingers and Bowerbirds, and they all work amazingly well as transposed by the trio of guitarist Chris Boerner, horn player Matt Douglas and drummer Nick Baglio. The Hot at Nights will show it off Friday at Raleigh’s Pour House.
Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are $10 advance, $12 at the door. See thepourhousemusichall.com for details.
- Durham’s Pinhook is in a serious bind, thanks to an $80,000 tax debt reportedly accrued from accounting glitches by the club’s prior owners. But it’s heartening to see the way the local cultural community is stepping up. A crowd-funding campaign has raised more than $30,000, which is an impressive figure, and yet it’s still not enough. So the Pinhook is hosting a series of “Save the Pinkhook, Until Forever” benefit concerts. The first two are Wednesday and Thursday, then again Feb. 3-4. They’re not releasing lineups of who is playing when – but given the Pinhook’s stature in the community, it will definitely be worth your while to stop by. The fun starts at 8 p.m. each night and cover is $25. See thepinhook.com for details.
- Saturday brings renowned folk-punk Ani DiFranco to Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre with Hammell on Trial, the Larry Campbell/Teresa Williams duo with Michael Rank to Cat’s Cradle Back Room in Carrboro and the always-wonderful Phil Cook to the Cradle’s main room.
- Indigo Girls sing Sunday at Durham’s Carolina Theatre, which has Arlo Guthrie on Thursday. Also Thursday, Aretha Franklin sings (fingers crossed!) at Durham Performing Arts Center.