Friday, May 27, 2011

This week's hot concerts

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

6 p.m. Friday, May 27, NC Music Factory, 935 N. Graham St. $5.

Probably the biggest thing to come out of the `90s swing revival, BBVD returns to Charlotte to perform at the weekly Friday Live concert series. Performance follows a fashion show at 7:30 p.m.

Super Ape/Cement Stars

8 p.m. Saturday, May 28, Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $7-$10. 704-358-9200.

This hip line-up features simultaneously futuristic electronic rock, funk, and cutting edge dance music paired with soundtrack-ready retro synth-rock with DJs the Dirty Drummer, Miami Dice, and George Brazil. Super Ape celebrates its limited edition 7” single release as well.

Ellis Paul

8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 28, Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $14-$16. 704-376-3737.

Before heading out with buds Sugarland on tour this summer, this veteran singer-songwriter (who’s become a go-to guy for Farrelly Brothers’ soundtracks and co-wrote a third of his latest album with Sugarland’s Kristian Bush) returns for an intimate set.

Spottiswoode & His Enemies

10:30 p.m. Saturday, May 28, Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $12-$14. 704-376-3737.

The live favorite taps its inner “Magical Mystery Tour” on the fittingly titled eclectic new disc, “Wild Goosechase Expedition,” which finds the hard working Brit-born New York-based band leader at his heady best.

Panic at the Disco

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, Fillmore, 1000 Seaboard St. $35.25.

Having lost half its founding members, the theatrical rock act returns as a duo without changing directions. Openers Foxy Shazam (a Queen-like force in concert) and fun. (members of the Format, Steel Train, and Anathallo) fill out the bill.

Orange Goblin

8 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $10.

This UK export’s been called the best metal band in England as demonstrated on its five-disc back catalog, which Metal Blade just reissued for its 15th anniversary. Its blues has teeth while it’s metal boasts melody, texture and depth.


8 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, Fillmore, 1000 Seaboard St. $46.70.

One of the most original, hardest to imitate `90s alt-rock acts reunites for its first album of new music since 1999 (due this summer). Les Claypool and the band behind gems like “My Name is Mud” and the “South Park” theme warm fans up with this pre-release tour.

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