Thursday, February 23, 2012

This week's hot concerts

Minus the Bear
7 p.m. Friday, February 24, Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $20-$22.
After a 10 year anniversary tour in 2011, MIB takes a break from recording its fifth album for a quick run through the South. With Tristen and Harvard.

Cody Canada & the Departed
8 p.m. Friday, February 24, Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $18/$33 VIP. 704-358-9298.
The former Cross Canadian Ragweed leader follows similar rocking Americana territory as his old band, but explores his Okie roots on the band’s debut “This Is Indian Land” by covering some of red dirt country’s lesser known songs.

Kevn Kinney
9 p.m. Friday, February 24, The Saloon, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $10.
The Drivin’ n’ Cryin frontman, who explored his country side on his latest collaboration with the Golden Palominos (“Good Country Mile”), is joined by an all-star band featuring Audley Freed, Tim Nielsen, and Anton Fier, some of whom he’s shared the stage with at Warren Haynes’ annual Xmas Jams in Asheville.

Ryan Montbleau Band
10 p.m. Friday, February 24, Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave. $10-$12. 704-376-1446.
After working on Trombone Shorty’s breakthrough records this bluesy classic soul throwback recruited New Orleans vets George Porter (the Meters), Anders Osborne, Ivan Neville, and producer Ben Ellman (of Galactic) for his upcoming disc “For Higher” (which is scheduled for May).

Antiseen/Belmont Playboys
8 p.m. Saturday, February 25, Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $10.
Two Charlotte institutions reunite on stage for the first time in over a decade following the vinyl record convention taking place during the day, which will still be open during part of the concert.

10 p.m. Saturday, February 25, Phoenix, 300 N. College St. $10/Free to Human Rights Campaign attendees.
The rising New York electro hip-hop artist has clocked millions of YouTube hits for humorous dance tracks like “Ice Cream Truck,” “I Seen Beyonce at Burger King” and his dirty duet with Peaches. His performance is part of the Human Rights Campaign after party.

Flogging Molly/Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears
7:30 p.m. Sunday, February 26, Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $33.
Irish transplant/band leader Dave King tackles hard times in a bleak economy with heart and gusto after living in Detroit with his band mate wife, creating some of his band’s best work on “Speed of Darkness.” Lewis leads a crack garage soul throwback. With the Devil Makes Three.

The Boxing Lesson
8 p.m. Sunday, February 26, Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd. $7-$9.
This Austin band, who won a spot on 2012’s South By Southwest, write catchy, dark indie-rock songs packaged inside psychedelic sonic frames.

South 85
8 p.m. Thursday, March 1, Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $10. 704-358-9200.
Like Miranda Lambert, this Charlotte area-based country-rock outfit balances stellar songwriting and personality on stage with sexiness and sass that should take them places.

The Violet Lights
8 p.m. Thursday, March 1, Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd. $6-$9.
This garage rock duo blends meaty guitars, pop hooks, and dual vocals, but packs more similarities to Scottish acts like the Fratellis and Franz Ferdinand than its L.A. peers.

North Mississippi Allstars/Lightnin’ Malcolm
8 p.m. Thursday, Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $20/$35 VIP. 704-358-9298.
The Dickinson brothers, whose 2011 album “Keys to the Kingdom” paid tribute to their recently deceased Memphis music legend Jim, are back (after opening for Robert Plant last February) with guitarist Lightnin’ Malcolm who was equally influenced by the hill country blues they grew up with. 

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