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Rock Picks: Tony Joe White brings blues-rock to Southland

Tony Joe White
Tony Joe White Anne Goetze

Aquatic-wildlife noises aside, swamps aren’t necessarily something that make you think in aural terms. But on his new album “Rain Crow” (Yep RocRecords), venerable soul veteran Tony Joe White’s steady rolling blues-rock is swampy enough to conjure up the ambience of a bayou in the man’s native Louisiana – without those pesky gators or mosquitoes. White will play songs from “Rain Crow” live alongside his better-known hits (“Rainy Night in Georgia” and “Polk Salad Annie” among them) Saturday at Raleigh’s Southland Ballroom.

Tickets are $20-$25, doors open at 6 p.m. and the music stars at 7. See southlandballroom.com for details.

Other highlights

  • Friday brings English foursome The 1975 to downtown Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater and singer/songwriter Chris Knight to Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre, which has Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons on Saturday.
  • Other options for Saturday include Triangle expatriate/Dillon Fence main man Greg Humphreys coming back to show off his new album “Lucky Guy” (Phrex Records) at Raleigh’s Pour House, and locals the Milagro Saints unveiling the protest songs on “Stranger Times” (Moon Caravan Records) at Raleigh’s Big Boss Brewing.
  • John Doe takes a solo flight from X at the Back Room of Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle Sunday, the same night Brit Floyd brings music from the dark side of the moon to Durham Performing Arts Center and Tar Heel native Jim Lauderdale sings at Durham’s Motorco Music Hall with Jeanne Jolly.
  • Jayhawks are at the Cradle Tuesday, up against Weezer with Panic! at the Disco at Walnut Creek. And the great avant-punk band Pere Ubu plays the Cradle on Thursday.