Thursday, July 12, 2012

This week's hot concerts

8 p.m. Friday, July 13, Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $10-$12.
Few 73-year-olds are as brazen as Clarence Reid who wrote R&B songs for famous `60s and `70s acts before donning the persona of original X-rated rapper Blowfly. He returns for the first time in six years with the O-Getters (featuring Antiseen’s Jeff Clayton making his soul singing debut) and Groove 8.

8 p.m. Friday, July 13, Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $8-$10. 704-376-3737.
The Charleston transplants celebrate the release of its new album “The Diamond Sessions” which finds them tapping into their pop sensibilities and growing out of its Americana roots for a Southern-steeped sound that fits somewhere between VH1 and CMT. 

Mindy Smith/Rosi Golan
8 p.m. Saturday, July 14, Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $15-$17. 704-376-3737.
Two female singer-songwriters with lilting easy-on-the-ears voices and a knack for thoughtful writing that blurs the lines between mature indie pop, countrified Americana, and orchestral folk.

8 p.m. Saturday, July 14, Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd. $5-$7.
The quirky, experimental art-rockers behind the annual multi-venue, multi-day Recess Fests make compositions that are beautifully trippy and adventurously hypnotic. The band organized this show as a fundraiser for the upcoming festival, set for July 26-29.
10 p.m. Saturday, July 14, Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave. $8. 704-376-1446.
Two generations of Charlotte rock bands. Crisis creates hummable pop-rock that bridges classic `60s and more-current jangle pop like a cousin of Charlotte’s own Spongetones. The latter and younger makes lo-fi pop-infused post-punk that recalls early Superchunk.

8 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd. $12-$17.
Though it hasn’t found success on the charts since the early `00s, frontman Jimmy Gnecco has an unbelievable voice (often compared to Jeff Buckley and once rumored to take Scott Weiland's place in Velvet Revolver) that’s truly something to witness live. After a stint as a solo artist he’s back with the band for an intimate headlining tour.

Blitzen Trapper
7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19, Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $13-$15.
The Portland psychedelic folk-rock combo returns following the 2011 release of what songwriter/frontman Eric Earley considers its most meaningful as it intimately charts the struggle and conflict of the small town American experience.

Passion Pit
8 p.m. Thursday, July 19, Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $33.
With a new album, “Gossamer,” out July 24th the dancetastic electro-pop outfit headlines a killer electro-rock bill that includes looping violinist Kishi Bashi (who was here as part of of Montreal in June) and dark-rock trio Future Islands, whose members originally hail from NC’s Morehead City.

Valient Thorr
8 p.m. Thursday, July 19, Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St. $12-$15.
The interplanetary globe trotters from NC boast a wild, charismatic leader and make old school hard rock and metal that’s hooky and heavy without (sonically) brutalizing its audience. It deserves a wider audience.