Thursday, November 8, 2012

This week's hot concerts

The Lacs/South 85
8 p.m. Friday, November 9, Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St. $12-$15.
The hick-hop duo follows label mate Colt Ford’s curious combo of rap and country (as well as Southerners like Bubba Sparxxx and Yelawolf) with its YouTube smash “Kickin’ Up Mud,” which has logged over 6 million views. South 85 adds a bit of female empowerment and Southern rock to the bill.

Social Distortion/Lindi Ortega
8 p.m. Friday, November 9, Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $32.50.
The punk legends last seen opening for Foo Fighters this time last year return for a headlining gig with Canadian country-esque crooner Ortega who - with her Johnny Cash-like writing and lonesome, longing sound - does for Tex-Mex what Amy Winehouse did for Motown.

Anthony David/Avery Sunshine
9 p.m. Friday, November 9, Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $20-$30. 704-358-9298.
The Grammy nominated, Atlanta-based R&B singer-songwriter, whose work is intelligent and often topical, celebrates the release of his new album, “Love Out Loud.” Gospel-rooted former choir singer, Sunshine, sings mature, relateable soul and R&B.

Bruce Hornsby
7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 10, McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St. $29.50-$59.50. 704-372-1000.
The busy, eclectic songwriter takes a break from scoring Spike Lee’s latest movies and working on his own musical (“SCKBSTD”) to play a rare intimate solo piano set that will includes material from Lee’s “Red Hook Summer.”

Pretty Lights
8 p.m. Saturday, November 10, Bojangles’ Coliseum, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. $39.35.
The electronic DJ, who leads his Illumination Tour, flits between electro-soul and hip-hop while flirting with thick dubstep and synthesized atmospherics (all of which is available on his website for free download).

Stephane Wrembel
8 p.m. Saturday, November 10, Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St. $15.
With a performance at the 2012 Academy Awards and score for Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris,” the French-born gypsy jazz guitarist (who honed his craft around Gypsy campfires in the French country side) expands on that style with blues, rock, and flamenco on his latest “Origins.”  

8 p.m. Thursday, November 15, Time Warner Cable Arena, 333. E. Trade St. $57.65-$381.65.
It’s taken the pop culture icon her entire 30-year career to grace the Queen City. The production alone should make this 22-track set (which relies heavily on current material) worth it if the ticket price doesn’t have you questioning your inner material girl.

8 p.m. Thursday, November 15, Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St. $15-$18.
The long running Oakland duo brings something different to the hip-hop playbook with subtle electronic dance-flavor, mid-tempo, synth-heavy melodies, and thoughtful rhymes. Dubstep up and comer Minnesota, who worked on Zion I’s latest, also appears.

Dirty Bourbon River Show
9 p.m. Thursday, November 15, Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave. $8.
This prolific New Orleans-based, self-described gypsy brass band creates lively vaudevillian rock with horns and accordion and a taste for vintage theater and timeless fun.