Thursday, August 23, 2012

This week's hot concerts

9 p.m. Friday, August 24, Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. $5.
Though there’s a haunting quality to this buzzing NYC-based Australian duo’s sound, it’s mix of electronic synthesizers, brooding`80s alt-rock grooves, and juxtaposition of swelling female and moody, Sister of Myercy-like male vocals creates more than mere dark wave.

Favorite Gentlemen Tour
8 p.m. Friday, August 24, Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $8.
Charlotte’s own Junior Astronomers join label mates All Get Out, Harrison Hudson and Death on Two Wheels on the Favorite Gentleman label’s first tour. The label was started by members of Manchester Orhcestra in 2005, which puts the band in good company.

My Morning Jacket/Band of Horses
7 p.m. Saturday, August 25, Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $40-$57.85.
After a rainy 2011 concert, Kentucky’s favorite sons are back along with likeminded Carolinians Band of Horses to deliver a night of big jamming rock that’s both modern and distinctively Southern.

7 p.m. Sunday, August 26, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd. $57.50-$74.
With frontman Trey Anastasio readying a new solo album for October, the jam stalwarts and veteran road dogs begin the final week of its summer tour here.

Okkervil River
8 p.m. Monday, August 27, Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $14-$17. 704-358-9200.
Somewhere between Dylan-rooted folk-rock and the grand, joyous rock of groups like Arcade Fire (with vocals more akin to Of Montreal) fits this Austin favorite whose slowly been climbing up from the underground since the early `00s. With the Mynabirds. 

Covenant/The Break-up
8 p.m. Monday, August 27, Amos’ 1423 S. Tryon St. $17-$20. 704-377-6874.
The former is a Swedish trio that mixes electronic atmospherics and dark Euro dance music for the Purgatory crowd, while the latter makes dubstep-bordering, new wave-flavored dance pop with vocals that bridge Gwen Stefani and `80s singer Josie Cotton.

Shy Hunters
8 p.m. Thursday, August 30, Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $8-$10. 704-376-3737.
Imagine if Kate Bush had collaborated with “Pornagraphy” era Cure and you’re halfway to the duo of Indigo Street and Sam Levin, who create guitar rock that drifts from ethereal to dance-inducing. The addition of live bass for the first time on tour promises to fill out its live sound.