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Rock Picks: The Pines play Back Room at Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle

The Pines play at 8 p.m. Sunday at the Back Room of Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle.
The Pines play at 8 p.m. Sunday at the Back Room of Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle. redhouserecords.com

Cold weather must follow The Pines around like the moon. This Minneapolis trio’s aptly titled new album “Above the Prairie” (Red House Records) evokes the feeling of a dark night so frigid and dry, the stars above the permafrost look close enough to touch. It’s ghostly music, sometimes literally so (like the late native American poet John Trudell’s murmuring cameo on the closing track “Time Dreams”), with the group’s harmonies rising like massed prayers.

The Pines play at 8 p.m. Sunday at the Back Room of Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle. Tickets are $10-$12. For details, see catscradle.com.

Other highlights

  • Friday brings a very fine bill to the Cradle Back Room with Backsliders and Jeffrey Dean Foster, while American Aquarium commences a two-night hometown stand at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre – with T Hardy Morris and Timmy the Teeth opening Friday, and Nikki Lane and Jonathan Tyler on Saturday.
  • Rocked-up hip-hop-soul dynamo Shirlette Ammons performs at Durham’s Pinhook Saturday, the same night the Cradle hosts its 15th annual Bob Marley Birthday Bash with Michey Mills and Steel.
  • And Durham’s Carolina Theatre has a solid run of classic rock this week with Todd Rundgren Tuesday, Graham Nash Wednesday and former Men at Work main man Colin Hay on Thursday.
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