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The Love Language, Big Thief

When: Thu., March 10, 9 p.m. 2016

THURSDAY, MARCH 10

THE LOVE LANGUAGE & BIG THIEF

This summer marks three years since the release of Ruby Red, the third album by the once perpetually busy The Love Language. In the interim, leader and lone constant Stuart McLamb has started a metal band (see page 20), made a metal album, and used the new band to hit the club circuit hard, as The Love Language once did. He's largely reserved the flagship act for banner events, such as a headlining slot at the N.C. State Fair or at First Night Raleigh. But McLamb says new Love Language songs have at last started to arrive, and this humble club show, at the backwoods bar The Kraken, feels like the edge of a relaunch. The band splits the bill with Brooklyn's brilliant Big Thief, whose upcoming debut LP, Masterpiece, is good enough to remind you that Saddle Creek Records still exists. In a voice gentle at the core but jilted by experience, Adrianne Lenker sings songs of emotional upheaval, while the dynamic power trio at her back serves as the musical cartographer for those feelings. The band slinks as if in sadness and then, at high volume, surges through it. Big Thief isn't the sort of band destined for Kraken-sized spaces for long. —Grayson Haver Currin

THE KRAKEN, CHAPEL HILL 9 p.m., free, www.thekrakenbar.com

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