Friday, May 13, 2011

This week's hot concerts

The Lights, Fluorescent

8 p.m. Friday, May 13, The Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd. $6-$10.

This Charlotte quintet called it quits in August but reunites for one night to celebrate the release of its posthumous self-titled full-length, a bittersweet record of its rare musical chemistry and lyrical depth.

Charlie Wilson/Joe

7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14, Bojangles Coliseum, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. $48-30-$81.70.

The follow-up to his Grammy nominated 2009 disc focuses on the ladies, which makes the influential former Gap Band member a good match for sexy younger R&B singer Joe. Charlotte’s own Fantasia makes an appearance on Wilson’s single “I Wanna Be Your Man.” Wonder if she’s busy Saturday?

The Wailers

7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 15, Fillmore, 1000 Seaboard St. $29.

Aston “Familyman” Barrett, one half of the Wailers’ original rhythm section, heads up the veteran reggae forerunners who will revisit Bob Marley’s “Uprising” album. The album turned 30 in 2010.

Flaming Lips

8 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, Fillmore, 1000 Seaboard St. $52.

Known for its incredible, unpredictable live shows, Oklahoma’s favorite sons return for the first time since a packed free Camel cigarettes sponsored 2007 concert that had fans clamoring for tickets. Sean Lennon’s duo Ghost of the Saber Tooth Tiger, who made its Charlotte debut in January, opens.

Xavier Rudd

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $20-$22/$35 VIP. 704-358-9298.

The Australian multi-instrumentalist/singer (voted PETA’s World’s Sexiest Vegetarian in 2007) is a favorite at festivals with his combination of socially conscious idealism, unusual instrumentation, folk-rock, soulful singing and world music.


7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $12-$14. 704-358-9200.

Jackson Browne recently named this L.A. folk-rock combo one of today’s best up and coming songwriters (along with Charlotte’s Benji Hughes). The band’s sophomore album, “Nothing Is Wrong” is due June 7th.


7 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, Amos’ Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St. $15-$18.

On its latest album, “7th Symphony,” the Finnish symphonic metal outfit draws as deeply on its heavy roots (working with Joe Duplantier of brutally heavy French metal act Gojira) as it does from mainstream rock and pop (a single co-written with Diane Warren).

Faster Pussycat

8 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $13-$15.

The glam outfit behind “House of Pain” and “Bathroom Wall” has wisely toned down the hair metal and re-imagined itself as an edgier post-Marilyn Manson glam-goth act that still plays the old hits without sounding too dated.

Neko Case

7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19, Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. $25.50-$29.50. 704-372-1000.

Fans couldn’t wait for a return engagement after her 2009 Charlotte debut. After cancelling her August 2010 show the golden voiced, Grammy nominated songstress is back to dreamily croon like a modern day Patsy Cline. If you miss her this week, she’ll be back August 21st with My Morning Jacket.

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