Friday, October 5, 2012

This week's hot concerts

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
8 p.m. Friday, October 5, Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $27-$57.85.
The leggy live powerhouse’s star continues to rise following its summer tour with Kenny Chesney and the release of its latest "The Lion The Beast The Beat."  But it’s live where the bluesy rock group really finds its groove.

Dead Prez
8 p.m. Friday, October 5, Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St. $20-$23.
The political rap duo of M-1 and Stic.Man ready for the October 16th release of its long awaited (eight years) third full-length studio album, “Information Age,” with a pair of Carolina shows that promote music, mind, body, and visual art.

Howard Hewett
9 p.m. Friday, October 5, Tempo, 4809 Wilkinson Blvd. $20.
The one time leader of `80s R&B/pop trio Shalamar (“Dancing in the Sheets,”), Hewett continues to straddle jazz, R&B, and gospel (his “Say Amen” is a classic) as the smooth crooner begins his fourth decade in music. 

Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers
8 p.m. Friday, October 5, Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $10-$12.
Looking like she was plucked sunkissed from the `70s, this country-soul throwback’s rootsy songs and lived-in delivery attracted the attention of The Gap who tapped her (and the Avetts) for its current “Icon Redefined” campaign. She and her band are also doing a fun series of  "live from the tour van" covers like the one above.

8 p.m. Sunday, October 7, Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $44.50.
After conquering the hipster underground the French electro-pop outlet for songwriter Anthony Gonzalez (who is set to score Tom Cruise’s upcoming film “Oblivion”) had a bona fide alternative hit with the 2012 single “Midnight City” (which has apparently tripled ticket prices in as many years). 

Death Angel
7 p.m. Monday, October 8, Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $15.
The San Francisco thrash veterans return after over a year of opening dates with Anthrax. It will revisit its 1986 debut album “The Ultra-Violence” in its entirety while touching on both recent material and old favorites.

Nick Lowe
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 9, McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St. $25-27.50. 704-372-1000.
Charlotte benefits from its close proximity to the triangle area where the influential British songwriter celebrates his label’s (Haw River-based Yep Roc) 15th anniversary. He’s best known for “Cruel to Be Kind” and his work with Elvis Costello and was recently honored with an all-star tribute album. With Chuck Prophet.

Jackie Greene
8 p.m. Tuesday, October 9, Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $15.
On his last album (produced by Nicki Bluhm’s husband Tim, coincidentally) it became even harder to pin down this singer-songwriter who convincingly delves into poppy country-rock and Southern soul with the gusto of a classic artist. His next album promises more introspection, which he may hint at during his show.

Dent May
8 p.m. Tuesday, October 9, Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. $8.
Imagine Elvis Costello making bedroom recordings of synth-y `80s R&B that flirts with sunny California pop, radio funk, and reggae. The result may resemble this bedroom artist who sounds closer to the English Beat than his deep South Mississippi surroundings.

Matt and Kim/Oberhofer
8 p.m. Thursday, October 11, Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $27.
With just keys and drums the quirky synth-rock duo can go head-to-head with most live rock acts with heavy doses of charm, chemistry, and body-moving catchiness. Opening act Oberhofer is a fast rising star on college and internet radio with its infectious single "Away Frm U."

Bonnie Raitt
8 p.m. Thursday, October, 11, Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. $56.95-$73.35.
Nearly 25 years after her commercial and critical breakthrough “Nick of Time,” the singer-guitarist remains one of the most influential mainstream female blues-rock artists. Her latest album - the Joe Henry-produced “Slipstream” - marks her first in six years.