Thursday, September 4, 2014

This week's hot concerts

Diarrhea Planet
Friday  10 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $7,  
The breakout sextet from Nashville’s booming garage rock scene’s punky rock n’ roll is a throwback to a time when alternative rock was slowly cresting toward the mainstream on the fuzzy guitar hooks and deadpan sing-songy choruses of Pavement and Dinosaur Jr. And it’s staked its reputation on a killer live show.

106.5 End of Summer Weenie Roast
Saturday  12:30 p.m., PNC Music Pavilion, 707 Pavilion Blvd., $32.51-$91.84,
With the exception of headliner Weezer and `90s rock staple Fuel, the annual Weenie Roast is relying on current rock acts like Fitz & the Tantrums and Foster the People and hot up and comers Foxy Shazam, Wild Cub, Iamdynamite, the Pretty Reckless, Bear Hands, Flagship, Big Data, and J. Roddy Walston & the Business - for a lineup that puts the “new” back in the station’s new rock format.

Jocelyn Ellis
Saturday  10 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $5,
Since her days fronting Charlotte rock band the Alpha Theory, the UNCC grad has evolved musically and artistically. There are traces of Erykah Badu, Grace Jones, Bjork, and Santigold, but Ellis - on projects like the futuristic concept album “Life of a Hologram” - illustrates a voice, style and persona all her own.

August Alsina
Sunday  8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $31.58,  
A true R&B singer for the hip-hop age, this 21-year-old takes his experience dealing drugs on the streets of New Orleans and losing friends and family to gunfire - which ultimately led to him turning from that life and seriously pursuing music - and turns it into something fresh. He’s got more to say than just lovelorn ballads and sexed up jams.

Sunday  6:30 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $29.50-$32,  
It’s no wonder Disney star Ross Lynch (“Austin & Ally,” “Teen Beach Movie”) and his sibling pop group with brothers Riker and Rocky and sister Rydel (with friend Ellington Ratliff) has stormed the charts with candy-coated, harmony-driven pop and big screen worthy videos given that the family is full of triple threat performers.

Terry Bozzio
Monday  8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $22-$32,  
Music geeks and serious drummers won’t want to miss the former Frank Zappa cohort and Missing Persons co-founder, who has since forged a unique solo career as a clinician leading workshops and as a performer astounding crowds with a massive rig that has to be seen and heard to be appreciated.

Wednesday  8 p.m., Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St., $15-$18,
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of its Touch and Go records’ touchstone “Summer in Abandon,” the San Diego indie rock duo is performing the album in its entirety as well as taking fan requests via paper airplanes from its four other albums. With Tera Melos.

Ed Sheeran
Thursday  7:30 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St., $65.14,
A folkie raised on hip-hop and Taylor Swift’s former opener/BFF graduates to arena headliner status following the June release of his sophomore album “x” on which the massively popular ginger worked with Rick Rubin and Pharrell. For longtime diehards, it’ll be interesting to see how his normally stripped down, intimate club show translates.

David Mayfield Parade
Thursday  8 p.m., Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., $10-$12,  
Two days after his third album, “Strangers,” is released, the masterful and charismatic band leader who cut his teeth on festival stages as a kid before doing time in the bluegrass band Cadillac Sky, returns with a show that will likely later be described with words like fun, funny, poignant, hot-picking, charming, and above all, entertaining.