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Rock Picks: Freakwater plays Pinhook with Drunken Prayer

Janet Bean, left, and Catherine Irwin of Freakwater.
Janet Bean, left, and Catherine Irwin of Freakwater.

It’s been more than a decade since Freakwater, the punks-on-a-country-bender duo of Janet Beveridge Bean and Catherine Irwin, last put out a record. But their new album “Scheherazade” (Bloodshot Records) sounds like they never left. Even though the arrangements sport as full a band sound as Freakwater has ever employed, Irwin and Bean’s gloriously ragged-but-right vocals are right out front where they belong on another dozen tales of Southern gothic madness and sorrow. Freakwater plays Monday at Durham’s Pinhook, on a bill with Drunken Prayer.

Doors open at 8 p.m., music starts at 9 and tickets are $12-$15. See thepinhook.com for details.

Other highlights

  • Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater has a busy week with uber-intense singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne on Friday, recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Steve Miller on Saturday and the pairing of Pat Benatar with Melissa Etheridge on Wednesday.
  • Monday brings the marvelous satirical group Flight of the Concords to Cary’s Booth Amphitheater.
  • Gritty singer/songwriter Matthew Ryan plays Tuesday at Raleigh’s Neptunes, with Mr. Chip Robinson opening. Jonathan Byrd is this week’s Music in the Gardens show Wednesday at Duke.
  • And Thursday brings Mississippi’s Water Liars to Neptunes; a Muscle Shoals Music Revue soul show with Amy Black to Raleigh’s Southland Ballroom; and Oak City 7 to Raleigh City Plaza with Orquesta GarDel, Debonzo Brothers and Lemon Sparks.