Thursday, September 20, 2012

This week's hot concerts

North Mississippi Allstars/Missing Cats
8 p.m. Friday, September 21, Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $22-$25/$37 VIP. 704-358-9298.
The Dickinson brothers are back with its dark, funky, alluring take on modern Missisippi country blues. Missing Cats is the stripped down acoustic duo of Widespread Panic’s JoJo Hermann and songwriter Sherman Ewing.

Rosco Bandana
10:30 p.m. Friday, September 21, Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $8-$10.
The coed Mississippi septet breathes fresh youthful spirit in the Americana genre with its striking, blatantly Southern harmonies, country-gospel rock, and the kind of Arcade Fire-like energy that comes from seven likeminded musicians sharing the stage.

Arrested Development
8 p.m. Saturday, September 22, Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St. $20-$23.
The veteran alternative Southern hip-hop group remains a vibrant force blending world music, rap, and soul on its new album, “Standing at the Crossroads,” which its offering for free download in celebration of the 20th anniversary of its milestone “3 Years, 5 Months, and 2 Days…” album.

Boys Like Girls/All-American Rejects
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 25, Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St. $23.50-$26.
AAR returns still riding the wave of its latest colorful pop collection “Kids in the Street.” This trip it’s in the company of fellow pop rockers Boys Like Girls, who is anticipating an upcoming fall release of its own.

Eternal Summers
8 p.m. Wednesday, September 26, Haunted Mill, 6325 Wilkinson Blvd, Belmont. $8 for show, $13 for unlimited mini-golf and haunted house.
Having expanded to a trio, this jangly Roanoke dream-pop outfit graduates to a fuller sound on its new album “Correct Behavior,” which paints it as the perfect band to score the longing sequences in John Hughes’ teen dramadies. With Yardwork, Bleeding Rainbow and Blossoms.

Fiona Apple
8 p.m. Wednesday, September 26, Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $56.
The once uneven performer, who was arrested in Texas for possession of marijuana and hashish Wednesday, has matured into a critically acclaimed live force with a sound that grows even more unique and unpredictable on her latest album “The Idler Wheel...” With Blake Mills.

Ben Sollee
7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 27, Stage Door Theater, 5th and College Streets, $15. 704-372-1000.
The eclectic pop-folk cellist/singer-songwriter - last in Charlotte performing the live score to NC Dance Theatre’s “Dangerous Liasons” - celebrates the release of his new solo album, “Half Made Man,” which comes out Tuesday.

Crystal Castles
8 p.m. Thursday, September 27, Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $33.
In anticipation of its third album, the experimental electronic Canadian duo and darling of the UK music press (who bends strange sonic arrangements with Alice Glass’ juxtaposition of angelic vocals and shout-singing) makes a rare Charlotte stop kicking off its tour here with Health.

Stars/Diamond Rings
8 p.m. Thursday, September 27, Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $21-$24.
The Montreal group glides on funky bass synth, dreamy soundscapes, and danceable rhythms with quirky indie-pop that at times imagines what a Kate Bush/Pet Shop Boys mashup would sound like. It is paired with the dark moody, futuristically gender bending sound of Diamond Rings.