Friday, August 5, 2016

This week's hot concerts

Reeve Coobs
Saturday 8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $10,
The gifted Charlotte singer-songwriter celebrates the release of her second album, “Me + You,” a collection of love songs that were a challenge for the seasoned writer. Like her debut, “What Love Is All About,” “Me + You” is a stunning set at times reminiscent of the best female songwriters of the `70s when the lines of country and rock, folk and AM pop weren’t so defined. 

Tuesday 6 p.m., Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheater, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $29.50-$110/$200 VIP,
Now that `90s nostalgia has kicked in, it’s the perfect time for Gavin Rossdale and the second incarnation of the UK’s answer to grunge to headline again. The group isn’t merely a nostalgia act though, it’s continued to make new music and clocked a few new hits since relaunching in 2010. Its teamed with fellow heavy alt-rocker Chevelle, who managed to escape the `90s nu-metal tag with late entries like “La Gargola” and July’s “The North Corridor.” 

Motion City Soundtrack
Wednesday 7:30 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $20,
With almost 20 years (13 of them successful), six albums full of witty observations on relationships, playful lyrics, pop culture nods and Moog-spiked pop-punk and emo, the Minneapolis band embarks on its So Long, Farewell Tour. Although the break could be simply a hiatus, it feels like the real thing with the band touting its “final shows” at venues on the tour.

Kansas Bible Company/The Everymen
Wednesday 10 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $2-$10,
The second week of Ink Floyd’s God Save the Queen City residency boasts bands with wild energy on stage and a disregard for what’s trendy. With between 7 and 11 members Nashville’s KBC looks more like a club than a band. Its sweeping melodies and quirky passages are punctuated by horns. The Everymen’s sax-laden E Street rock channel the seemingly unrelated “Grease” and “Eddie & the Cruisers” soundtracks, Dinosaur Jr., and Murder City Devils.

I Prevail
Thursday 7 p.m., The Underground, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $16,
How do you make hardcore more accessible? If you’re this Detroit hard rock unit who blew up in 2015 by covering Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” (over 24 million YouTube hits), you pair your growling screamer with a capable singer whose voice tempers the masculine aggression. The formula works given the catchiness of songs like “Scars,” which will appear on the band’s full-length debut “Lifelines” in October. 

Brandy Clark
Thursday 8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $20-$25,
Like Kacey Musgraves - her co-writer on Miranda Lambert’s hit “Mama’s Broken Heart” – the Grammy nominated Washington state native brings a sassy realness to Music Row. She may be better known for penning the Band Perry’s “Better Dig Two,” but the smart, funny, and heart tugging songs on her new album “Big Day in a Small Town” should garner a larger audience.

Thursday 9 p.m., The Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd., $10,
When the now Berlin-based band formed in Chapel Hill nearly two decades ago, no one else was mixing experimental electronic music, hardcore, and winking subversive social commentary. That’s what made early albums like “Frigid Forms Sell” and “Anaesthetic” so fresh and exciting. The partially reunited band is back with a re-release of “Frigid Forms” and a new album, “Overseas.”