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Nap Eyes, Cian Nugent, Northgate Syndicate

When: Sat., March 12, 9 p.m. 2016

SATURDAY, MARCH 12

NAP EYES & CIAN NUGENT

On the new Night Fiction, Dublin guitarist Cian Nugent plays with customary grace. The notes of his electric guitar flicker like the flames of a dozen candles, while his touch on the acoustic suggests the ghost of Bert Jansch, luxuriating in some springtime meadow. Like many of his solo guitar predecessors, Nugent is now experimenting with singing, juxtaposing his coarse, hesitating Irish voice against his assured string work. It's a fascinating lesson, a window into someone suddenly reshaping his entire approach. Nova Scotia's Nap Eyes depend almost entirely upon the words. Signed to Chapel Hill's Paradise of Bachelors, the quartet underpins the verbal eloquence of Belle & Sebastian with a roadhouse take on The Velvet Underground's perennial rock looseness. At the band's best, the unexpected mix produces an inescapable frisson. With Northgate Syndicate. —Grayson Haver Currin

THE PINHOOK, DURHAM 9 p.m., $8–$10, www.thepinhook.com

Price: $8-$10

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