Thursday, June 7, 2012

This week's hot concerts

The Carpenter Ants
8 p.m. Friday, June 8, Rodi, 245 W. Garrison Blvd. Free.
This WV institution (at 25 years together) fuses rootsy country, soul, gospel, funk, and rock. It brings that sound to its latest Don Dixon-produced album “Uncles and Ants.” NPR listeners may be familiar with guitarist Michael Lipton from his role as house guitarist on “Mountain Stage.”

Dan Sartain
8 p.m. Friday, June 8, Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd. $10-$12.
Calling his new album “Too Tough to Live” “a tribute to when punk was real,” the indie singer/troubadour speeds through 13 tracks of delightfully subversive garage punk in 20 minutes (with the help of the Go-Go’s Jane Wiedlin). With Temperance League and Baby Shaker.

Bad Veins
9 p.m. Friday, June 8, Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. $8.
On its sophomore album, “This Mess We Made,” the Ohio duo creates quirky, groovy indie-rock that’s downright sunny with its big (prerecorded) orchestral arrangements and bleeping synthesizers mingling on the dancefloor.

Gov’t Mule/Dr. John
7 p.m. Saturday, June 9, Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $32-$45.35.
The Asheville born (and sometimes Allman Brothers’) guitarist and his veteran blues rock trio headline, but it’s a opening set by the New Orleans legend - riding high on his recent Dan Auerbach-produced rock crossover album “Locked Down,” that’s the rare treat.

Of Montreal/Chappo
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $15/$30 VIP. 704-358-9298.
The former is an Athens art-rock outfit who continues to push musical boundaries on its latest mix of hooks and pop experimentation, while the latter is a funky Brooklyn buzz band thanks to an iPod Touch commercial that took its song “Come Home” to millions.

Against Me!
7 p.m. Thursday, June 14, Amos’ Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St. $13-$16.
Frontman Tom Gabel became rock’s first openly transgender artist in May. With songs like “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” on its set list and Gabel now living as Laura Jane Grace at the helm, the veteran Florida punk band - never one to shy away from addressing social concerns in its lyrics - begins a new chapter.

Cast Iron Filter
7 p.m. Thursday, June 14, Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $15. 704-358-9200
This Davidson iron-grass outfit was not only a favorite locally during its late `90s/early `00s run but toured nationally making a name for itself in jam and roots music circles. After a  lengthy hiatus it returns for a string of summer reunion shows.

7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 14, Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $8-$10.
After a national Spring tour, the Charlotte metalcore outfit returns home long enough to finally celebrate the release of its progressive new album “Son of Perdition” (which was released in March) before heading to the East and Midwest with King Conquer and on to Canada with 3 Inches of Blood.