Friday, September 28, 2012

This week's hot concerts

9 p.m. Friday, September 28, Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $15.
With ties to “Fela!” (the Tony winning musical on which its members served as musical directors) and a 15-year history as an influential force in the second wave of Afrobeat, the Daptone Records act is straddles forward thinking and rhythmic traditions.

Stolen Babies
6:30 p.m. Saturday, September 29, Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $10.
Taking one page from goth-punk/metal bands like Schoolyard Heroes and another from No Doubt, this L.A. group boils it all into a sinister, noisy, circus-ready cabaret.

Garrison Starr/Maia Sharp/Adrianne Gonzalez
8 p.m. Saturday, September 29, Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $12-$15.
This talented trio of LGBT-friendly, folk-rock singer-songwriters features Starr - the spunky tomboy, Sharp - the mature peer favorite (covered by Cher, Dixie Chicks, Kathy Mattea and others), and Gonzalez, who fuses her visual art and her lyrics.

Steve Forbert
8 p.m. Saturday, September 29, Stage Door Theater, corner of 5th and College Streets. $22. 704-372-1000.
The gravely-voice of this matter-of-fact veteran storyteller lends itself well to the lived-in, mature and sometimes playful songs about relationships that populate his newest album, “Over With You.”

9th Wonder
10 p.m. Saturday, September 29, Republic, 314 N. College St. $15.
Before embarking on a three year research project as a Harvard fellow, the Winston-native, Little Brother member and acclaimed Grammy winning producer spins hip-hop classics.

8 p.m. Tuesday, October 2, Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd. $15-$17.
Usually booked at much bigger venues, this rare intimate set follows the Midwesterner’s 2012 story-driven concept album “I Am Gemini” although the group has been a fan and critical favorite since 2002’s “Domestica.”

Allen Stone
8:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 2, Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $13-$15.
If you’ve missed this vintage soul throwback on the late night talk show circuit or opening for the Roots during the DNC, you’re in for a surprise. Beneath the hippie-geek look lies a killer voice that has audiences doing a double take.

White Rabbits
8:30 p.m. Thursday, October 4, Visulite. 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $12-$15.
This Brooklyn (by way of the Midwest) outfit hovers somewhere between the riffing and rhythms of Minus the Bear and the gentle (thanks to the vocals) indie-rock of Death Cab for Cutie, but with jazz roots that add another layer of complexity.

Curtis Salgado
9 p.m. Thursday, October 4, Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave. $12. 704-376-1446.
The 2012 Blues Music Awards soul/blues singer of the year has survived a 2006 liver transplant and had his second cancerous lung tumor removed this summer, but he sounds like a youthful, driven vocalist channeling Motown and classic R&B like a male Sharon Jones.