Back in the long-ago days before everybody’s primary listening tool was a mobile device and earbuds, “headphone music” meant something very different. Doug Tuttle’s “It Calls on Me” (Trouble In Mind Records) is headphone music in the old-school sense of the phrase, in that it’s best-appreciated as an intimate listening experience where you can appreciate every sonic tic and detail. The album’s nine tracks are luscious jingle-jangle pop, with layers of velvety vocal-harmony goodness stacked atop ringing guitars that chime like the bells of Rhymney. Tuttle will play it live Tuesday at Chapel Hill’s Local 506.
Doors open at 8 p.m., music starts at 9, Essex Muro and Stray Owls are also on the bill and tickets are $8-$10. See local506.com for details.
- Two excellent and highly idiosyncratic pianists play in Durham on Friday: quirk-popper Nellie McKay at Motorco and Russian-born Igor Levit at Baldwin Auditorium for a Duke Performances show.
- Friday also brings Campfires and Constellations to Local 506 with Silver Dollar Switchblade, Grateful Dead tributary Dark Star Orchestra to Raleigh’s Ritz, venerable funk-rock band Mother’s Finest to Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre and the even more venerable Johnny Mathis to Raleigh’s Meymandi Hall to open a two-night run with the NC Symphony.
- Saturday’s key show is night two of N.C. State station WKNC’s 13th annual Double Barrel Benefit at Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle, with Deniro Farrar, SkyBlew and Earthly – but there’s also mountainous singer-songwriter Malcolm Holcombe at Motorco for a 6 String Cafe show.
- Jones Family Singers, an astoundingly powerful gospel ensemble from Texas, plays Garner Performing Arts Center Sunday. Also Sunday, Warbringer brings war to Raleigh’s Pour House while Hank Sinatra, Bleeding Hearts, Automatic Slim and others play the third annual Kelly Holland Memorial Show (in honor of the late Cry of Love/Crush singer) at Lincoln Theatre.
- The Lincoln also has ’90s hit-makers Sister Hazel on Tuesday. And Thursday brings Idaho singer-songwriter Josh Ritter to Durham’s Carolina Theatre, hip-hop icon Biz Markie to the Ritz and guitarist Tony Furtado to Motorco.