Friday, May 25, 2012

This week's hot concerts

Snug 600
7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday , May 25, 26 and 27. Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. $6. 704-333-9799.
The annual Plaza-Midwood alternative to Speed Street features Temperance League, Pullman Strike, Hungry Girl, Steer, and Brandaddy Longlegs Friday; One Another, Baby Shaker, Chalkies, Jeremiah & the Howling Owls, Hey Baby and Junkhat Saturday, and AM/FMs, Overmountain Men, Wiggle Wagons, Scowl Brow and Poontanglers Sunday.

Ancient Cities
8 p.m. Saturday, May 26, Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $7-$10. 704-358-9200.
With a pedigree that includes Secondhand Stories’ Stephen Warwick and members of Small Talk Industries and the Noises 10 this promising new project should deliver the musical goods with Hello Handshake and Luz opening up the show.

The Dandy Warhols
9 p.m. Saturday, May 26, Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $27.
For nearly two decades this Portland outfit has been straddling lo-fi alt-rock,  psychedelic grooves, and goth mysticism in its own quirky, signature way. Opening night in San Francisco revealed ample material from its new album “The Machine” as well as a career overview full of fan favorites.

The Coathangers
8 p.m. Sunday, May 27, The Haunted Mill, 6325 W. Wilkinson Blvd. Belmont. $7.
The ladies of the Atlanta indie rock act hang with the grittiest of punk and garage rockers on stage, but have also matured into a stellar modern day girl group (hear the track “Go Away” for example). The BYOB concert series is also a potluck dinner, so bring food to share. Admission to The Mill’s haunted attraction and mini-golf is an additional $3. 

The Polyphonic Spree
7:30 p.m., Monday, May 28, McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St. $19.50-$27.50. 704-372-1000.
Though the uniformed orchestral pop ensemble appears as a cult (or sometimes a paramilitary group), Tim DeLaughter’s post-Tripping Daisy outfit (which is the closest thing the alt-rock world has to a colorful choir) examines life and death with zeal and dynamics on its digital and vinyl single series.

Church of Misery/Gates of Slumber
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $13-$15.
A preoccupation with death (serial murder in particular), Sabbath-ian riffs, and `70s metal color this Japanese import’s doom rock. Indiana trio Gates of Slumber (along with Hail! Hornet) open the show with its own brand of hypnotic and spooky blues-anchored metal.

Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons
8 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $10. 704-358-9200.
This veteran singer-songwriter writes raw rocking rootsy songs and manages to channel artists as disparate as Elvis Costello and John Hiatt (with a touch of Springsteen) on songs that are musically gritty and lyrically witty with substance. 

2013 Wolves
9 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. Free. 704-333-9799.
The Charlotte duo, who has evolved into a genre defying, atmosphere-crunching, well-oiled manic machine of gospel, punk, blues, and metal, ends its month long residency at the Plaza-Midwood haunt. Next month? The Aqualads.