Friday, June 10, 2011

This week's hot concerts

Tiempo Libre

8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 10 and 11, Stage Door Theater, corner of 5th and College streets. $20-$25. 704-372-1000.

Mixing American influences with Afro-Cuban traditions, the group is the world's leading Cuban timba ambassadors performing on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" and recording with artists like James Galway, Joshua Bell, and Placido Domingo.

River City Extension

10 p.m. Saturday, June 11, Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. $ 10-$12.

This rootsy New Jersey outfit’s big orchestral everything-and-the-kitchen-sink instrumentation and male/female vocals is reminiscent of the Arcade Fire crossed with the bounce and down home energy of the Avett Brothers. I can see fans of Josh Ritter and Devotchka digging this as well.

JD Souther

6:30 p.m. Monday, June 13, McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St. $25-$27.50. 704-372-1000.

This quiet singer-songwriter is best known for his work with the Eagles (“New Kid in Town,” “Heartache Tonight”) and Linda Rondstadt. His new album “Natural History” is only his second record in 25 years, but gets him out of the studio and on tour with Jill Andrews (who released her first full-length album, “The Mirror,” this week).

Twin Sister

9 p.m. Monday, June 13, Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. $8-$10.

This Long Island combo’s experimental pop music runs from delicate and dreamy to sparse and strange electronic landscapes with elements of folk and chilly dance music mingling under ethereal vocals.

Over the Rhine

7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 16, Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $18-$22. 704-358-9200.

The Ohio husband and wife team worked with Grammy winning producer Joe Henry on its new album “The Long Surrender,” which captures the duo’s balance of vintage Americana and grown up pop music that are both grand and intimate.

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