Thursday, July 19, 2012

This week's hot concerts

7 p.m. Friday, July 20, Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St. $19-$22.
On the heels of its new 7” single Clutch headlines Charlotte for the first time since its 2009 holiday tour with a set list that’s a speckling of its 22-year output, while influential metal vet Prong boasts a well-received new album “Carved Into Stone.”  With Lionize.

JD McPherson
8 p.m. Friday, July 20, Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $12-$15. 704-358-9200.
As if plucked from another era, this Oklahoma vintage soul band leader channels a young Little Richard - similar to the way Amy Winehouse once stoked the embers of girl groups like the Ronettes. He’s gained favor with the UK music press as well.

Charles Walker Band
10 p.m. Friday, July 20, Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave. $10. 704-376-1446.
Looking like action heroes from `70s Blaxploitation films, this Milwaukee combo’s retro blend of funk and blues is punctuated by its band leader’s ever present organ and showy saxophone and vocalist Porsche Cameron’s edgy soul delivery.

Summer Music Festival
6 p.m. Saturday, July 21, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd. $54.25-$144.25.
Maze featuring Frankie Beverly and Patti LaBelle head up this multi-generational R&B fest which includes the `60s and `70s soul of the O’Jays, the smooth `80s and `90s grooves of Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, and the modern hip-hop-tinged R&B of singer Tank.

311/Slightly Stoopid/The Aggrolites
6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 22, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd. $32-$61.85.
It’s a bill of feel-good summer-ready tunes when 311’s annual summer Unity Tour returns this time with the beachy Southern California reggae-rock of Slightly Stoopid and the soul-infused old school reggae of the Aggrolites.

A Place to Bury Strangers/Hunters
7 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $15-$18.
Don’t let the “noise rock” tag fool you, NYC’s APTBS make listenable, distorted, dark rock like Jesus & Mary Chain spliced with Joy Division. The punkier Hunters take a similar musical approach, but with female vocals akin to Ting Tings.

Lydia Loveless
8 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $10-$12. 704-376-3737.
With her matter-of-fact delivery, a voice that sounds like Neko Case’s spunkier sister, and blatantly honest stage banter this funny Ohioan singer-songwriter is a hidden gem whose lyrics and heart are bound to charm.

Josh Ritter
7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 26, Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. $25.50-$29.50. 704-372-1000.
Long revered for literate folk-rock that draws comparisons to Bob Dylan, the songwriter and band leader is equally adept on stage where he is backed by a charging rock combo that creates an atmosphere that’s far from a chill, sit-down singer-songwriter experience (although that's what you get in the above video).

Jason Aldean
7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 26, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd. $40.25-$73.
With a new album set for fall (preceded by the new single “Take a Little Ride”), the country headliner continues to host his My Kinda Party Tour with openers Luke Bryan, Rachel Farley and DJ Silver keeping the momentum going once tailgaters enter the venue.