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Rock Picks: Record release parties for Ryan Gustafson, Brett Harris

Durham’s Brett Harris of the dB’s launches “Up in the Air” Friday at the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro.
Durham’s Brett Harris of the dB’s launches “Up in the Air” Friday at the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro. Jeremy M. Lange

So many great records are coming out of North Carolina right now, it’s almost hard to keep track of them all. Friday night will see release shows for two of them, both at the Cat’s Cradle complex in Carrboro.

In the Cradle main room, it’s Asheville-based Ryan “Dead Tongues” Gustafson unveiling his very quirky and fine new album “Montana” – which is something like psychedelic old-time. Sharing the bill are NC Volunteers, who are essentially MC “Hiss Golden Messenger” Taylor and friends, so there should be some great all-hands-on-deck moments as the night wears on.

At the Cradle Back Room next door, meanwhile, Durham’s Brett Harris will play the same night to launch his new album “Up in the Air” (Hit the Deck Recordings). Harris is a dB’s sideman and contributor to various Chris Stamey projects, and he shows an impeccable level of pop craftsmanship on the new album. Start times are 8 p.m. for Harris and 9 p.m. for Dead Tongues, and cover is $10 and $12 respectively – or $17 for both, which would allow you to bounce back and forth between them. See catscradle.com for details.

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