Thursday, January 24, 2013

This week's hot concerts

The Shack Band
10 p.m. Friday, January 25, Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave. $7. 704-376-1446.
Myers Park grad Andrew Gillespie co-founded this quirky jam rock act while at Virginia Tech. Now based in Richmond, the foursome is becoming a staple on the festival circuit with its infectious energy, Southern organ and guitar-fueled sing-alongs, and bright harmonies. It’s paired with local reggae-roots party band Of Good Nature.

Shannon Whitworth
8 p.m. Saturday, January 26, Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $12-$14. 704-376-3737.
Whether bridging country, soul, and blues as a solo artist or doing a sultry and jazzy classic duo album with Barrett Smith, Whitworth’s dreamy alto channels artists like Rita Coolidge and Carly Simon with the more contemporary drawl of a Southern steeped country singer. 

The Marshall Tucker Band
8 p.m. Saturday, January 26, Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $25-$35. 704-358-9298.
Possibly the first commercial outfit to completely blur the line between pop and country - touring with classic rock peers while charting country singles - Spartanburg’s favorite sons are long led by vocalist and sole founding member Doug Gray who lost his original bandmates to retirement and death. He and his longtime current band crank out staples like “Fire on the Mountain,” “Heard It In a Love Song”  and “Can’t You See.”

8:30 p.m. Saturday, January 26, Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $12-$14.
Neither burning out or fading away, Charleston’s Crowfield is calling it quits after a banner year, three albums in six years, and being named their hometown’s band of the year. This marks the group’s second to last show and its first at Visulite after selling out the Evening Muse twice. 

The Weeks/Junior Astronomers
8:30 p.m. Sunday, January 27, Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $8-$10.
Call it the future sounds of the South - Charlotte’s own Junior Astronomers team with Jackson, Mississippi’s the Weeks who signed with Kings of Leon’s Serpent and Snakes label. A debut is due in April, but the latter’s preliminary EP suggests literate lyrics, a Southern sound, and vocals that bridge an edgier Counting Crows with early KOL and Springsteen.

Amy Ray/Heather McEntire
8 p.m. Tuesday, January 29, Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $15.
The Indigo Girl works out new material in an intimate solo/acoustic format with sometime collaborator McEntire (of the buzz-worthy Chapel Hill trio Mount Moriah). Both play solo sets following Hiss Golden Messenger as well as back each other up. 

Jeff Mangum
8 p.m. Thursday, January 31, Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $31.
If you were a fan of late `90s lo-fi indie-rock then the return of the once elusive Neutral Milk Hotel frontman/songwriter is a must-see. Weirder than Wilco with fascinatingly curious lyrics, but still anchored enough in tradition to remain accessible his Athens-based group’s 1998 record “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea” has escalated in popularity since its release 15 years ago making many a critic’s best of lists.

7:30 p.m. Thursday, January 31, McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St. $19.50-$29.50. 704-372-1000.
Band lead Seamus Egan uses his great great Uncle’s tumultuous experience immigrating to the US in the early 1900s for lyrical fodder on this Celtic act’s tenth album, “Shamrock City,” making the new material in his band’s set rich in personal connection, juicy details, and historical perspective.