Friday, November 25, 2011

This week's hot concerts

You Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band/Simplified

8:30 p.m. Friday, November 25, Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $12. 704-358-9298.

Two of the most popular local acts from Asheville and Charlotte, respectively, come together to help fans work off holiday calories with `70’s-inspired jam-funk and laid back sunny modern rock grooves.


500 Miles to Memphis

8 p.m. Saturday, November 26, Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $8. 704-343-9494.

The punky country or country punk combo plays music at the intersection of the Smiths and Drive By Truckers. The bill includes a healthy support lineup featuring locals Pullman Strike, Evelynn Rose, and My Captain, covering bluesy rock, country, and post-punk.

Mac Miller

8 p.m. Sunday, November 27, Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. Sold Out.

Pittsburgh’s answer to Eminem lite, the up and coming emcee is more good time party starter than angry rabble rouser whose Asher Roth-meets-Eminemesque rhymes strike a chord with the MTVU audience.


8 p.m. Sunday, November 27, Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. $34.40-$60.55.

Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle) enlists a cast of musicians, including UK opening act Carina Round (who reminds me of a cross between PJ Harvey and Led Zeppelin), to help realize his multimedia vision of dark humor and music that straddles moody electronics and biting heaviness.

Anthony Hamilton

8 p.m. Wednesday, November 30, Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $58-$69.50.

Two weeks prior to the December 13 release of his new album “Back to Love” (which is full of mid-tempo soul and R&B throwbacks), the Grammy winning soul man/showman treats a hometown crowd to a post-holiday set.

Secret Hospital

9 p.m. Wednesday, November 30, Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. $5. 704-333-9799.

This Charlotte trio’s jerky garage rock is punctuated with talky demonstrative vocals (think David Byrne-meets-Jello Biafra), angular rhythms, and raw surf-punk guitar. With Joint Damage and Great Architect.

The Joy Formidable/Middle Class Rut

7 p.m. Thursday, December 1, Amos’ Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St. $13-$15.

A favorite among peers like Blink 182’s Mark Hoppus and Dave Grohl (who invited it to open for Foo Fighters recently), the Welsh trio headlines the WEND Not So Acoustic Xmas warm up show with an infectious combination of walls of fuzz, hooks, and sweet soaring female vocals.

Ari Hest

10:30 p.m. Thursday, December 1, Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $12-$14. 704-376-3737.

With a deep, masculine voice that hovers above adult pop songs, this singer-songwriter returns to the Muse on the heels of his recent live album. If you miss him Thursday, he’s also at Winthrop University’s DiGiorgio Campus Center The Edge in Rock Hill on Friday at 8 p.m.

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