Thursday, April 9, 2015

This week's hot concerts

Friday  7 p.m, Bojangles’ Coliseum, 2700 E. Independence Blvd., $24-$59.93/$119.92 VIP,
The struggle to remain cutting edge and Christian rests on the shoulders of this chart-topping Atlanta-based rapper who manages to stay true to his faith while pushing boundaries with tracks that don’t distinguish themselves from mainstream hip-hop (his latest album “The Anomaly” debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200) and lyrics that aren’t always faith-based, but rooted in realism.

Cape Breton Fiddling & Piping
Friday 7:30 p.m., Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Ave., Free, donations accepted, 
The Charlotte Folk Society introduces the city to the music of Cape Breton with three natives of the island off the coast of Canada which has preserved the Gaelic music and culture of the Scottish Highlanders who settled there. Fiddler/stepdancer Andrea Beaton, Northumbrian smallpiper Dick Hensold, and pianist Troy MacGillivray deliver old sounds anew to Charlotte. 

Friday  8 p.m., Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., $15-$18,
This multi-instrumentalist has spent nearly 40 years as a sideman for everyone from Meat Loaf to Mick Jagger, but is best known for his work with Todd Rundgren’s `70s prog-rock side project Utopia. He employees Rundgren and his fellow Utopians for his eclectic solo album “3,” which wears its link to `70s AM pop, classic rock, and prog on its sleeve.

Friday 9 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $19.29, 
The Canadian dubstep DJ ends his Ninja Nation Tour this week, so expect a mix of delirious exhaustion and amped enthusiasm as he pays tribute to hip-hop’s influence on dubstep - which is the same theme of his “Down for My Ninjas” EP - for the last time (the tour ends in Tennessee Saturday). With Etc., Etc., Bear Grillz, and Infuze.

Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires
Saturday  9 p.m., The Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd., $8,  
Alabama Shakes and St. Paul may have led the charge out of Birmingham, but this raucous rock n’ soul powerhouse is the meat to their potatoes with blistering performances of well-educated punk and literary folk-meets-Southern rock that verges on exorcism. Late Bloomer, Totally Slow, and Motel Glory fill out the impressive bill.

The Suffers
Sunday  8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $10,
Take a fired up horn section, Latin percussion, and a charismatic soul singer in Kam Franklin and you’ve got Houston’s female-fronted answer to the next buzz band in the old school soul revival. It’s like a cross between Sharon Jones and St. Paul & the Broken Bones with a funkier rhythm section and startling versatility.

Sick of Sarah
Sunday  9 p.m., The Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd., $8,    
With its new single “Rooftops” premiering on last week, the Minnesotan girl group hit the road with the promise of a late June release for the long-awaited new album “Anthem.” “Rooftops” finds the rock band evolving with a touch of `80s longing and a knack for memorable melodies.

Monday  8:30 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $11,  
If My Bloody Valentine had been a West Coast indie rock band with Jesus & Mary Chain’s taste for thick veils of distortion and tendencies for girly Northwest indie-pop (2012’s “Pipe Dreams”) and heavier, more masculine contemplation (2014’s harder “Sway”), it might’ve sounded like this San Fran shoegazer. With Wildhoney, Serfs, and Girl Pants.   

Tuesday  9 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $8,    
The Montreal soft rock quartet ties together delicate harmonies, breathy (mostly) female vocals, warm, expressive guitar, and reverb-heavy synth that sounds like Fleetwood Mac and ELO producing twee, lesser known, `90s girl groups like the Softies with equal measures of pastoral folk and indie-pop.