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Rock Picks: Peter Case plays new music at the Cat’s Cradle

Peter Case’s latest album, “HWY 62,” is a collection of protest songs that resonate perfectly with the hardscrabble side of election-year America. He’ll play ’em live Wednesday at the Back Room of Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle.
Peter Case’s latest album, “HWY 62,” is a collection of protest songs that resonate perfectly with the hardscrabble side of election-year America. He’ll play ’em live Wednesday at the Back Room of Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle.

Peter Case has done time as an underground pop star with the perennially underrated power-pop band The Plimsouls, and he’s also spent a lot of years as an itinerant troubadour folk-blues singer. But Case has seldom combined the catchy and earthy sides of that equation as well as he does on his latest album, “HWY 62” (Omnivore Recordings) – a collection of protest songs that resonate perfectly with the hardscrabble side of election-year America.

Case will play ’em live Wednesday at the Back Room of Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle. Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets are $15. See catscradle.com for details.

Other highlights

  • Friday brings songbirds Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins and Anais Mitchell to Durham’s Page Auditorium for a Duke Performances show, plus soul deity Booker T. Jones to Carrboro ArtsCenter and recently returned Tift Merritt to the Cradle to play songs from her 2002 debut album “Bramble Rose.”
  • Jeanne Jolly sings at the ArtsCenter Saturday, the same night Slayer lays waste to the Raleigh Ritz, Reed Turchi plays blues at The Cave in Chapel Hill and the comedy duo of Scharpling & Wurster (that would be Superchunk/Mountain Goats drummer and all-around bon vivant Jon Wurster) hold forth at Durham’s Motorco Music Hall.
  • Recent Grammy nominee Rhiannon Giddens performs as part of a program called “Swimming in Dark Waters,” Sunday at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Memorial Hall. Also Sunday, North Mississippi Allstars guitarist Luther Dickinson’s Cooperators play the ArtsCenter while Sidewinder, Monkey Wrench and more play the Mike Gardner Benefit for Parkinson’s Disease at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre.
  • Founding Byrd Roger McGuinn does a lecture/performance Tuesday afternoon as part of UNC’s “Chat Festival” (see chat16.web.unc.edu). Rapper Future plays the Ritz with Ty Dolla $ign Wednesday.
  • Thursday brings Kurt Vile to the Cradle, Titus Andronicus to the Lincoln Theatre with The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn, and Acid Dad to Neptunes in Raleigh with White Reaper.
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