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Rock Picks: Catchy rock from Parquet Courts at Cat’s Cradle

New York band Parquet Courts’ new album “Human Performance” has torrents of stream-of-consciousness imagery, most of it at a breakneck pace and all of it catchy. You can hear it live Friday at the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro.
New York band Parquet Courts’ new album “Human Performance” has torrents of stream-of-consciousness imagery, most of it at a breakneck pace and all of it catchy. You can hear it live Friday at the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro.

Taking the jump from hit-and-run brevity to stretched-out jamming is not the easiest of transitions, but New York’s Parquet Courts turn the trick pretty deftly on their new album “Human Performance” (Rough Trade Records). The usual elements from past Parquet Courts records are still in place – torrents of stream-of-consciousness imagery, most of it at a breakneck pace and all of it catchy, topped off by frontman Austin Brown’s character-actor squawk – but the difference now is there’s more of it. They’ll play live Friday at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro.

Showtime is 9 p.m., B Boys and Flesh Wounds are also on the bill and tickets are $15. See catscradle.com for details.

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