Monday, September 12, 2016

Avetts set hometown return

For the first time in three years the Avett Brothers return to Charlotte for a hometown show. The Concord based band will play its annual New Year's Eve show at Bojangles' Arena Dec. 31. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 16 at 10 a.m. at Ticketmaster outlets.

The show marks the Avett Brothers' return to the 61 year old venue. The band, who has played New Year's Eve gigs all over the Carolinas dating back to its early sell-outs at Neighborhood Theatre in NoDa,  played Time Warner Cable Arena in December 2013.

The Avetts first played Bojangles' Coliseum when its commercial breakthrough "I and Love and You" was released in 2009. The group returned to the venue, which opened as the original Charlotte Coliseum in 1955, in April 2011.

In June it released its ninth studio album, "True Sadness." In 2015 the group opened for The Rolling Stones in Raleigh. It rang in the New Year at Greensboro Coliseum Complex in 2015. 

Tickets for the Dec. 31 show will be $39.50 to $75, plus fees.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

This week's hot concerts

Beyond the Fade
Friday 8 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $10-$12,
The Charlotte melodic hard rock band celebrates the release of its new album, “Welcome to the Pain,” which is rich in mainstream modern rock anthems. Boosted by major label-sounding production and skillful vocalist Neil Jackson, tracks from the album could easily find a home scoring a WWE Pay-Per-View or NASCAR race, TV and film.
Eat from a Truck
Saturday Noon to 6 p.m., AvidXChange Music Factory, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $10/$25 VIP/Kids 10 and under free,
From fish n’ chips and BBQ to dumplings, lobster dogs, and Banh Mi, the Music Factory gathers over 100 four wheel kitchens for this festival of food. Americana showman and live favorite Langhorne Slim & the Law, Family & Friends, and Thirsty Beaver house band the Loose Lugnuts provide live music while kids can shake up lunch in bouncy houses and on obstacle courses and the climbing wall. A portion of proceeds benefits Kids First of the Carolinas.
Dinosaur Jr./Cloud Nothings
Saturday 8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $25-$28,
It’s been 11 years since the founding members of the indie rock pioneer reformed and the trio of J. Mascis, Lou Barlow, and Murph continue to churn out good music that’s in league with its old stuff. Cloud Nothings has its own avid following thanks to consistent buzz for its fuzzy blend of spiraling energy and pop hooks, global touring, mainstream acclaim, and prime slots on big summer festivals.
Saturday 10 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $6,
Funk is arguably one of the most unifying genres out there. There’s almost a universal appreciation for Prince, George Clinton, and Rick James. Raleigh native Jamil Rashad takes a cue from classic funk and soul’s forefathers and vintage hip-hop to create his modern strain of funk. He plays following a performance on opening night at Raleigh’s taste-making Hopscotch Festival.
Joan Shelley
Sunday 8 p.m., Stage Door Theater, $15, 155 N. College St., $15,
This Louisville songwriter recently put the “folk” in Newport Folk Festival at the Rhode Island gathering with an astonishingly simple and lovely set that NPR Music recorded for its website. Her acoustic accompaniment, gentle voice, and focus on lyrics recall folk legends like Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez and boils the pomp and production of a live show back down to the strength of a song.
Devin Townsend Project/Between the Buried and Me
Monday 6:30 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $25-$30/$55 VIP,
The one-time vocalist for Steve Vai-turned-founder of Canadian metal outfit Strapping Young Lad has dabbled in everything from industrial to prog to new age music with his signature wall-of-sound style production. He’s paired with NC prog-metal heroes BTBAM – last seen at Carolina Rebellion. You can bet this pair will draw a room of on guitar geeks hanging on every note.
Creature Comfort
Monday 9 p.m., Thomas St. Tavern, 1218 Thomas Ave., TBA, 
This Nashville foursome make tranquil indie pop, but there’s something unsettling beneath the jangly guitars, subtle space-rock moodiness, and thoughtful lyrics. The same is true of its ambitious (especially for an indie outfit), fantasy-driven music videos. If Death Cab for Cutie and Explosions in the Sky were locked in a basement together, it might sound a bit like this.
C.W. Stoneking
Tuesday 9:45 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $11,
Dressed like your great grandmother’s milkman, wielding a guitar, playing vintage black-snake-moaning blues, one might assume C.W. Stoneking just stepped out of a time machine from the Mississippi Delta circa 1930, yet his tattooed hands place him squarely in the 20th century. The roots-steeped musician actually hails from present day rural Australia where he’s collected numerous music awards over the past decade.

Friday, August 5, 2016

This week's hot concerts

Reeve Coobs
Saturday 8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $10,
The gifted Charlotte singer-songwriter celebrates the release of her second album, “Me + You,” a collection of love songs that were a challenge for the seasoned writer. Like her debut, “What Love Is All About,” “Me + You” is a stunning set at times reminiscent of the best female songwriters of the `70s when the lines of country and rock, folk and AM pop weren’t so defined. 

Tuesday 6 p.m., Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheater, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $29.50-$110/$200 VIP,
Now that `90s nostalgia has kicked in, it’s the perfect time for Gavin Rossdale and the second incarnation of the UK’s answer to grunge to headline again. The group isn’t merely a nostalgia act though, it’s continued to make new music and clocked a few new hits since relaunching in 2010. Its teamed with fellow heavy alt-rocker Chevelle, who managed to escape the `90s nu-metal tag with late entries like “La Gargola” and July’s “The North Corridor.” 

Motion City Soundtrack
Wednesday 7:30 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $20,
With almost 20 years (13 of them successful), six albums full of witty observations on relationships, playful lyrics, pop culture nods and Moog-spiked pop-punk and emo, the Minneapolis band embarks on its So Long, Farewell Tour. Although the break could be simply a hiatus, it feels like the real thing with the band touting its “final shows” at venues on the tour.

Kansas Bible Company/The Everymen
Wednesday 10 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $2-$10,
The second week of Ink Floyd’s God Save the Queen City residency boasts bands with wild energy on stage and a disregard for what’s trendy. With between 7 and 11 members Nashville’s KBC looks more like a club than a band. Its sweeping melodies and quirky passages are punctuated by horns. The Everymen’s sax-laden E Street rock channel the seemingly unrelated “Grease” and “Eddie & the Cruisers” soundtracks, Dinosaur Jr., and Murder City Devils.

I Prevail
Thursday 7 p.m., The Underground, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $16,
How do you make hardcore more accessible? If you’re this Detroit hard rock unit who blew up in 2015 by covering Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” (over 24 million YouTube hits), you pair your growling screamer with a capable singer whose voice tempers the masculine aggression. The formula works given the catchiness of songs like “Scars,” which will appear on the band’s full-length debut “Lifelines” in October. 

Brandy Clark
Thursday 8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $20-$25,
Like Kacey Musgraves - her co-writer on Miranda Lambert’s hit “Mama’s Broken Heart” – the Grammy nominated Washington state native brings a sassy realness to Music Row. She may be better known for penning the Band Perry’s “Better Dig Two,” but the smart, funny, and heart tugging songs on her new album “Big Day in a Small Town” should garner a larger audience.

Thursday 9 p.m., The Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd., $10,
When the now Berlin-based band formed in Chapel Hill nearly two decades ago, no one else was mixing experimental electronic music, hardcore, and winking subversive social commentary. That’s what made early albums like “Frigid Forms Sell” and “Anaesthetic” so fresh and exciting. The partially reunited band is back with a re-release of “Frigid Forms” and a new album, “Overseas.”

Friday, July 29, 2016

This week's hot concerts

2nd Annual QC Summerfest
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 7 p.m,, 7 p.m., and 6 p.m., respectively, Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St., $39.50-$69.50 each night or $187.65 3 night pass,
This three-day jazz festival is made up of several downtown concerts from intimate after parties to daytime shows and even bowling. Headliners are Boney James Friday, Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum, and Norman Brown Saturday, and Jonathan Butler Sunday. Maysa (of Incognito) celebrates 25 years in music Saturday  afternoon at McGlohon. Stage Door Theater features late night sets, and guitarist David P. Stevens plays Strike City Sunday. Tickets for non-Belk shows are available separately.

Phillip Phillips/Matt Nathanson
Friday 7 p.m., Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $25-$55,
“American Idol” has sung its final note, but 2012’s Season 11 winner Phillips was the Fox series’ last winner to achieve widespread name recognition. Now working on his third album, he’s graduated from opening for Matchbox Twenty and John Mayer to co-headline with veteran folk-rock singer-songwriter Nathanson, whose own TV appearances from “The Bachelor” to “That Metal Show” have broadened his audience.

Friday 7:15 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $10, 
Since leaving the Queen City to chase Hollywood music stardom, Charlotte native Joe Firstman has had a wildly varied career that echoes ability to adapt to any style. It’s included a deal with Atlantic, tours with Jewel and Sheryl Crow, a stint as an NBC late night band leader, and a jazz club with actor Danny Masterson. Now he and three stellar Nashville cats are showcasing stunning harmonies and a roots-anchored Southern sound that may be his best work yet.

Jon Lindsay
Friday 8 p.m., Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., $10,
The Charlotte native and recent Triangle transplant has drawn more attention for his political songwriting and activism of late as cofounder of the NC Music Love Army and presence at Moral Mondays. Since releasing his long awaited new album, “Cities & Schools” last month, he’s also attracting national ears with snappy pop songwriting that’s big on quirkiness but never strays far from hooks.

Acoustic Syndicate
Friday 9 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $20,
Although the Western NC progressive roots quintet now spends more time on the farm and in the wild (the McMurry family has worked in NC agriculture for generations) than on a tour bus, it still makes time for semi-annual regional gigs like this one at its old Charlotte haunt. Expect songs from its `90s and early `00s as well as from its latest – 2013’s “Rooftop Garden.” 

Fifty Watt Freight Train/Something Clever
Saturday 8 p.m., The Underground, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $10,
The Fillmore opens a neighboring sister venue that strives to fill the void left by Tremont and Chop Shop or so its current calendar of locals and rising and established indie acts (the Struts, Danny Brown, Nothing But Thieves) indicates. Although the new digs may not ooze the same dirty rock club vibe as its homegrown predecessors, it gives hard rock fixtures like these two acts a new spot to call home.

Slipknot/Marilyn Manson
Tuesday 6:30 p.m., PNC Music Pavilion, 707 Pavilion Blvd., $30-$70,
Still on the mend from his June spinal surgery, frontman Corey Taylor admits he’s had to reevaluate his physical performance, but, because of it, is vocally better than ever. The masked marauders are joined by opener Of Mice and Men and Manson, who has something to prove given his uneven 2015 Carolina Rebellion performance that had even die-hard fans scratching their heads.

GSTQC August Residency
Wednesday 10 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $2-$10,
The folks behind the annual God Save the Queen City festival expand the indie music fest again while shaking up its format. It all starts with this Wednesday residency curated by Ink Floyd with Philly indie rock foursome Left & Right, NC’s answer to second wave riot grrrl, Daddy Issues, and two of the city’s best emcees Rapper Shane and Elevator Jay, who both released new material this summer.