Friday, September 7, 2012

This week's hot concerts

God Save the Queen City 2
Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St. Single day passes are $10, $20 and $15, respectively or $30 for a three day pass.
Forty-four bands over three days makes for a perfect place to sample Charlotte music from acts such as Super Ape, Jim Avett, Yardwork, Side By Side, Pullman Strike, Funky Geezer, Little Bull Lee, Ancient Cities, the Elves, the Loudermilks, Hello Handshake, Small Talk Industries, Vess, Elonzo, Miami Dice, S.O. Stereo, Lindsey Ryan, Renelvis and many more.

Colin Hay
7 p.m. Sunday, September 9, McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St. $25-$30. 704-372-1000.
Celebrating the 30th anniversary of his band Men At Work’s Australian anthem “Down Under,” the frontman-turned-solo-artist released a new version to roil Australian Olympians following the 2011 album, “Gathering Mercury,” which is being called his best work since Men At…

Chris Isaak
7:30 p.m. Monday, September 10, McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St. $34.50-$94.50. 704-372-1000.
The ageless crooning rocker digs into a bucket list of classic rock n’ roll and country songs by his idols while still hitting on the original fan favorites that, along with his sharp band and showmanship, make for such a brilliant live show.

8 p.m. Tuesday, September 11, Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd. $6-$9.
Named for Peter (not the fluting Greek God), this Columbia foursome create guitar-rooted, post-rock instrumentals that seem simultaneously expansive and grand yet whimsical. With comparisons to a mathy Explosions in the Sky (“Friday Night Lights”) and Fang Island, it’s certainly a band to watch.

Kendrick Lamar
8 p.m. Tuesday, September 11, Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $33.
The 25-year-old rapper hasn’t released a major label album yet, but he’s become the industry’s new go-to collaborator working recently with Lady Gaga on a song for his upcoming album “M.A.A.d city” (due in October). Catch him in a club while you can.

Hunter Valentine
8 p.m. Wednesday, September 12, Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd. $7-$9.
Since its last Charlotte show these Canadian-bred Brooklyn transplants have become reality stars on Showtime’s third season of the lesbian-centered series “The Real L Word,” which, of course, focuses on the poppy hard rock quartet’s inner band drama more than Joan Jett-like hooks.

Danielia Cotton
9 p.m. Wednesday, September 12, Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave. $12.
The bluesy rock guitarist and soulful singer faces one hit after another (miscarriage, scarred marriage, and cancer), but she comes out swinging on her uplifting upcoming survival-themed album, where she sounds like a female Lenny Kravitz and dares to impressively cover Prince and Billie Holiday. 

Cancellation - The Outernational show at Tremont Music Hall Friday, which was featured in the print version of Hot Concerts, has been cancelled. Singer Miles Solay recently discovered a node on his vocal chord and the group is cancelling tour dates until he is able to see a doctor.