For those of you who don't remember the Pissed-Off Young Brit Invasion led by Graham Parker (pictured right), Elvis Costello, and Joe Jackson in the mid and late '70s as vividly or fondly as I do, Parker was the one with the R&B bent and soul-afire vocals. Parker's last two Triangle visits found him in solo storyteller mode. Not this trip. Backing Parker will be spiritual nephews The Figgs, the hardest-working (I might go as far as to say the best) rock 'n' pop trio in the land. Five years ago, the same road pairing yielded the superb live artifact The Last Rock 'n' Tour, with Parker tearing through "Soul Shoes" and "Fools' Gold" like it was nineteen-freakin'-seventy-six. Let's hope for more of the same, as well as a sprinkling of tunes from Parker's brand new Deepcut to Nowhere, when Graham Parker and the Figgs hit the Cat's Cradle on Sunday, Oct. 14. Call 967-9053 for details. --Rick Cornell
Post-rock triple-threat alert: Saddle Creek labelmates Cursive and our own Sorry About Dresden are joined by The White Octave for a night of guitar-driven indie rock, emo-style. These bands are more related than folks in the average holler: Former Cursive member Stephen Pederson is the songwriter for The White Octave, whose recent album, Menergy, features jagged guitars, dynamic (as in a whisper to a scream) vocals and intense, intelligent lyrics. Sorry About Dresden, featuring former Nebraskans Matt Tomich and Matt Oberst (older brother of Conor Oberst, of Bright Eyes/Saddle Creek fame) are on an East Coast tour with Omaha's Cursive through October (if you haven't checked out SAD's last EP, How the Cold War Began, jump on it). On Cursive's recent Burst and Bloom EP--gorgeous cello lines over brittle guitars--they name check everything from "Chapel Hill in the early '90s" to Shudder to Think, Fugazi and the D.C. sound--and that's just the opening track. Mark it on your calendars: Wednesday, Oct. 17 at the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro. Call 967-9053 for details.
Just Jonesin' for a Country Song--a Tribute to George Jones, is an evening of local alt-country acts each performing a tribute set of their favorite Jones numbers. Whether it's John Howie doing "Accidentally on Purpose," Big Dixie's rendition of the tearjerker "He Stopped Loving Her Today," or Hooverville's version of "If Drinkin' Don't Kill Me, Her Memory Will," you're in for a night of beers, tears and country tunes. Also on the bill are Thad Cockrell and the Starlite Country Band, Kim McPhatter and Tom Meltzer. It all goes down at Fowler's back porch in Durham this Friday, Oct. 12. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Call 683-2555 for details. --Angie Carlson