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.
- Friday also brings avant-freak guitarist Buckethead to Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre.
- Band Together’s latest charity show is Saturday with Trampled by Turtles and The Devil Makes Three at downtown Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater. Alt-country siren Lydia Loveless sings Saturday at the Cradle Back Room and Sunday at Raleigh’s Pour House, accompanying screenings of the documentary “Who Is Lydia Loveless?”
- If you don’t already have tickets for Sunday’s sold-out “Stand Against HB2” show at Haw River Ballroom, you could head for Durham’s Motorco Music Hall to see Against Me! – a punk band fronted by transgender woman Laura Jane Grace, who will probably have a thing or two to say about North Carolina’s House Bill 2 law.
- Also Sunday, English indie-rock band Bloc Party is at the Cradle – which has Rogue Wave on Wednesday. Also Wednesday, Joe Pug plays the Cradle Back Room with Horse Feathers while Cary’s Booth Amphitheater offers up Styx with Kansas and ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder.
- And cross your fingers, Aretha Franklin’s latest local makeup date is Thursday at Durham Performing Arts Center.