Friday, November 2, 2012

This week's hot concerts

Chris Robinson Brotherhood
7 p.m. Friday, November 2, Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $20-$30. 704-358-9298.
The Black Crowes’ frontman continues to explore his trippier, hippier side with rootsy cosmic Southern blues and funk on two albums released in the last six months after relentlessly tweaking CRB’s material on the road.

Brandi Carlile/Blitzen Trapper
8 p.m. Friday, November 2, Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $39.
With a soaring alto, rich, textured songs, and her incredibly charismatic backing twins, Carlile is like a young, hipper Shawn Colvin - Americana that flirts with rock, soul and gospel. Psych-folk fellow Northwesterners Blitzen Trapper brings its dreamy rock to the big stage.

Tony Lucca
8 p.m. Friday, November 2, Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $15. 704-358-9200.
Long before the former actor/Mouseketeer was second runner-up on “The Voice,” he was growing his fanbase the old fashioned way on the singer-songwriter circuit performing fairly regularly at intimate venues like Evening Muse. With Matt Duke.

Wolf Gang
8 p.m. Saturday, November 3, Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St. $15. 704-372-1000.
This British band, who has become a fixture on Sirius/XM’s college and alternative stations, proved it’s capable of working an arena crowd with infectious alt-pop when it opened for Coldplay in July. The concert was originally scheduled for Stage Door Theater, but has been moved to the larger Booth. 

Jimmy Herring Band/Victor Wooten
9 p.m. Saturday, November 3, Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $30-$40. 704-358-9298.
On his second solo album the Widespread Panic/Allman Bros/Dead guitarist tackles jazzy instrumentals with lyrical playing that aims to mimic the human voice in tone and style. Grammy winning Flecktones’ bass wizard Wooten gets jazzy on two versions of his own new album - one with soulful female vocalists and one instrumental.

The Whigs
8:30 p.m. Saturday, November 3, Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $12-$15.
Like the Little Engine That Can, this spunky Athens’ rock trio makes each album better than the last and has grown into a live force. The underrated group can go lick-for-lick material and performance-wise with better known acts.

Motion City Soundtrack
7 p.m. Saturday, November 3, Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $18-$21.
Having Rocked the Vote at UNCC during the DNC, the punky pop outfit is back for more heartfelt tales that veer between snappy and snarky, nerdy and fun. With Jukebox the Ghost, who is always a live standout and has a fervent Charlotte following.

Kishi Bashi
9 p.m. Sunday, November 4, Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $10-$12. 704-376-3737.
Last seen on stage in Charlotte with Of Montreal in June, the looping violinist (whose sound can be beautiful and experimental) returns for a solo show after his date with Passion Pit in July was cancelled. With Tall Trees. Read my story from July here

Del the Funky Homosapien
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 7, Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $15.
Having followed up a triple disc collection, “Golden Era,” in 2011 with the resurrection of Deltron 3030 this summer, the critically acclaimed underground hip-hop legend remains busy and vital.  

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