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Greg Cartwright, Nest Egg

When: Thu., April 7, 9 p.m. 2016

THURSDAY, APRIL 7

GREG CARTWRIGHT

Greg Cartwright has mellowed with age. But rather than diluting what forged his reputation as a high-caliber rock 'n' roller decades ago, the process and restraint has made the Asheville-based songwriter and bandleader more potent. Sure, the raw and rowdy garage-punk his Oblivians made in the nineties remains vital, teeth-gnashing rock. But even then, Cartwright showed his classic-pop songwriting chops. And with his latest and longest-running act, Reigning Sound, Cartwright's evolution has been pronounced. On 2014's Shattered, the Reigning Sound's Merge debut and one of Cartwright's finest to date, he hinges on craft, augmenting his instincts for melody with seventies soul strings and keys. To wit, he cut the album at the epicenter of the soul revival, New York's Daptone. Songs like "Falling Rain" back Cartwright's subtly worn vocals with a brassy punch that vamps into a timeless hook. He goes solo here for a collaborative series between Merge and the brewery New Belgium—a perfect opportunity for the songs to outshine the sonics. Nest Egg opens. —Bryan C. Reed

THE PINHOOK, DURHAM 9 p.m., free, www.thepinhook.com

Price: free

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