A leader of the Chicago art music scene that includes heavyweights John McEntire, Jim O' Rourke and the Thrill Jockey extended family, Sam Prekop is perhaps best known for leading The Sea and Cake. Who's Your New Professor, his first solo outing in five years, is a happy, quiet, diversion, showcasing a knack for pop songs painted with a realist's hand and an impressionist's eye. Prekop is joined at Carrboro's ArtsCenter on Thursday, June 9 by fellow guitarist and visual artist Archer Prewitt, whose own recent Thrill Jockey solo jaunt deserves its on headlining tour. Tickets are $12, and the show starts at 8 p.m.
During the last two decades, the piano man has released efforts with William Shatner, Fraggle Rock, a cappella groups, Amanda Palmer, Nick Hornby, a symphony, Weird Al and two other songwriters named Ben.