Though Michael Taylor has lived with his family in Durham for several years now, his beatific and beautiful songs under the name Hiss Golden Messenger didn't seem to be a part of the Triangle music scene until the release of last year's stunning LP, Poor Moon. Not only did that album feature a few local players, but Taylor started to take these songs to local stages with greater frequency: He played Raleigh for the first (and second!) time, brought a full band to a record-release show and shared area bills with friends touring through the South. He's recorded Haw, the proper follow-up, largely in his Durham home and partially with assistance from fellow folk-forward travelers Megafaun.
A bonus of Taylor's emergence as a "local musician" is that, as we do with Mountain Goats rarities, local customers get first crack at limited-run Hiss Golden Messenger merchandise. Taylor will release Lord, I Love the Rain, a bird's nest collection gathered from rarities, soundtrack submissions, covers and a scrapped LP. Between the gorgeous instrumental vista of "War" and an assured take on Ronnie Lane's in-love aubade "Tell Everyone," Love is a sufficiently impressive overview of Taylor's strengths. Tonight, it's available in a small-batch, hand-numbered vinyl run. Phil Cook & His Feat open, along with the intriguing Filthybird side project Ama Divers. The $10 show (for a $2 discount, bring canned or boxed food for Urban Ministries) starts at 10 p.m. —Grayson Currin