Cracker | Cat's Cradle | Clubs & Concerts | Indy Week

Clubs & Concerts

Cracker

When: Fri., Jan. 2, 9 p.m. 2015

CRACKER CAT'S CRADLE, carrboro | FRIDAY, JAN. 2

Your memories of David Lowery may not extend beyond 1994, the year that "Low," "Get off This" and "Euro-Trash Girl" propelled Cracker, his roots-rock alternative to grunge, to mainstream radio stardom and shows in front of tens of thousands. If you have a more recent recollection of Lowery, perhaps it's for his guise as an abrasive artist rights advocate in an age of digital music consumption. He's the one who scolded an NPR summer intern and airs out Spotify's low pay rates on his blog. In either scenario, you might be surprised to learn that Cracker, his ongoing concern with old friend and guitarist Johnny Hickman, released a rather good double-disc set, Berkeley to Bakersfield, only last month. On these separate sets, the band alternately explores its bucolic country roots and its harder-edged alt-rock rise. There are sweet love songs and candid memoirs, character studies and sociopolitical laments, gospel choirs and searing leads. Not bad at all for a band that many mistake for a few-hits wonder. 9 p.m., $18–$20, 300

Price: $18-$20

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