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Rock Picks: Guitarist Steve Gunn performs at Kings in Raleigh

Guitarist Steve Gunn’s new album “Eyes on the Lines” makes for a nice psychedelic ramble. Hear it live at Kings in Raleigh, in a show that also features the Dead Tongues.
Guitarist Steve Gunn’s new album “Eyes on the Lines” makes for a nice psychedelic ramble. Hear it live at Kings in Raleigh, in a show that also features the Dead Tongues.

Guitarist Steve Gunn performs at Kings in Raleigh

While you wouldn’t exactly call former Kurt Vile guitarist Steve Gunn a virtuoso, few players wield their instrument more effectively than he does on his new album “Eyes on the Lines” (Matador Records). The music makes for a nice psychedelic ramble, as in “Ramblin’ Man” because, like Dickie Betts’ 1973 Allman Brothers classic, these nine songs have enough get-up-and-go to give a sense of scenery passing by and falling away. It’s terrific driving music, so motor on over to Kings in downtown Raleigh on Tuesday, when Gunn plays an all-ages show with Dead Tongues. Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are $13-$15. See kingsbarcade.com for details.

Other highlights

  • Savants of Soul, a 10-piece soul band from Florida that plays Motown music and dresses the part, opens for Laura Reed Friday at Raleigh’s Pour House.
  • This being an election year, you’ll be seeing and hearing plenty from the NC Music Love Army collective in the coming months – starting with Saturday’s anti-HB2 show at Kings with Birds of Avalon, Wool and others.
  • Also Saturday, superlative singer/songwriter Aoife O’Donovan journeys down from Boston to play Durham’s Hayti Heritage Center while the “3 Davids” (Holt, Wilcox and LaMotte) hold down the folk at Cary Arts Center.
  • David Bazan, late of Pedro the Lion, plays the Back Room of Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle Monday. Guitar wizard William Tyler is this week’s Music in the Gardens show Wednesday at Duke, with Jake Xerxes Fussell.
  • And the newly reissued version of electro-noise collective Silica Gel’s local underground landmark “50) Noisy Children Party” gets its sendoff Wednesday at Neptunes in Raleigh.
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