Thursday, April 23, 2015

This week's hot concerts

Apache Relay
Friday  9 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $15,
The Nashville roots rock band took a turn toward lush `60s pop production and `70s country rock on 2014’s self-titled release. Boasting charismatic guitarist Mike Harris - a Mooresville native who met his band mates at Belmont University in Nashville - the Relay puts on a high-energy show that’s taken them from Bonnaroo to opening for Mumford.

Hardsoul Poets
Saturday  8 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $15-$17,     
No it’s not 1991 and that’s not a misprint. This unique 25 year reunion show of the popular Southeastern band that followed in R.E.M.’s boot steps, features both the original Wingate-birthed lineup and the second and final Charlotte-centered lineup, three of whom went on to found major label `90s/early `00s Americana outfit Jolene.

Brandy Clark
Saturday  8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $25-$35,    
Having co-written hits for country stars like the Band Perry (“Better Dig Two”) and Miranda Lambert (“Mama’s Broken Heart”), this Nashville songwriter saw her own star rise as a performer with a 2015 Grammy for Best New Artist as she continued to contribute songs to A-listers like Reba McEntire and Toby Keith.

Tim Barry
Saturday  9 p.m., The Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd., $12,   
The former frontman of second wave (or third, depending on who you ask) Richmond punk legends Avail celebrates 10 years making acoustic folk music as worn, earthy, and raggedly real as his beloved band’s working class punk. He released his fifth album, “Lost and Rootless” in late 2014, but with a family at home is more rooted than ever.

The Seduction
Saturday  10 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $5,    
This tight Wilkesboro quartet may be NC’s best kept hard rock secret since Valient Thorr. Like Thorr, it wears its `70s and `80s influences with pride. Its songs ride in on thirsty grooves that put the rock in rock n’ roll with punk ferocity and glam swagger and nods to Iron Maiden and Guns n’ Roses. With Unfortunate Gentlemen and Greevace.

Kid Ink
Wednesday  8 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $25-$27,
With appearances at “Wrestlemania” and the upcoming “X Games” and the theme from “Fast and Furious 7” following the release of his collab-heavy third album “Full Speed” (Chris Brown, R. Kelly, and Usher), the heavily tattooed, hard touring L.A. rapper/producer is covering all bases promoting an album he describes as a social media, party record.

Tyler, the Creator
Wednesday  8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $40.23,   
The controversial, beef-courting, L.A. Renaissance rapper has his hands in everything from production to directing to design, as well as heading up the Odd Future label. He kicked off his current tour at Coachella and on Tuesday celebrates the physical release of his new album, “Cherry Bomb,” which features the equally controversial Kanye West, Lil Wayne, and Schoolboy Q.      

Seryn/Songs of Water
Wednesday  9 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $12,     
The strain of member and label shifts weathered by this Nashville transplant aren’t evident on the blissful new string and harmony-anchored album, “Shadow Shows.” Its aptly paired with NC’s Songs of Water, who share a chamber folk, gospel vibe with the headliner and will release its own new album in June.

Delfeayo Marsalis
Thursday  7 p.m., McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St., $25-$35,   
The brother of Brandford and Wynton Marsalis is yet another of the jazz dynasty’s musician sons, the innovative producer and accomplished trombonist pays tribute to Duke Ellington during a special edition of the monthly Jazz Room Series during Jazz Appreciation Month.