Thursday, January 31, 2013

This week's hot concerts

Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires
8 p.m. Friday, February 1, Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd. $7-$9.
Parts Stones, Skynyrd, Stooges, and vintage soul, this blatantly Southern soul-punk outfit is busting out of Birmingham with its debut album, “There’s a Bomb in Gilead.". Charlotte’s Temperance League, Hectorina, and Modern Primitives make for a solid bill.

A Silent Film
8 p.m. Friday, February 1, The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $10.50.
Before relocating to Arizona the Coldplay-esque Oxford, England combo had a modest hit with the single “You Will Leave a Mark.” Its new album, “Sand & Snow,” traces its discovery of America, while its music is being discovered through American ads, TV, and SiriusXM.

Travis Tritt
8 p.m. Friday, February 1, Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. $34.50-$54.50.
The country vet, who appears in the upcoming film “Brother’s Keeper” (out in April), revisits the solo acoustic format of his successful 2011 tour. He'll reveal the stories behind his songs and audiences can hear them in their raw, pre-recorded and polished state.

Carrie Rodriguez
8 p.m. Saturday, February 2, Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $12-$15.
The Texas fiddler-turned-singer-songwriter continues to stretch stylistically on her new album, “Give Me All You Got" - which features standout tracks like the bluesy-rock “I Cry For Love" - but she doesn't skimp on her trademark twang and acoustic instrumentation.

The Midnight Ghost Train
8 p.m. Saturday, February 2, Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd. $7-$9.
With rude, thick riffs this psychedelic Heartland outfit’s new album, “Buffalo,” stomps in with the rumbling of the thundering herd from which it takes its names. Topped with growling vocals and bluesy riffs, the disc is as heavy as it is catchy - like Clutch at its most distorted and rumbly.

Wallace Coleman
10 p.m. Saturday, February 2, Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave. $15.
After retiring from his bakery job at the age of 51, the longtime blues hobbyist and his mean harmonica launched an award winning music career as a member of Robert Jr. Lockwood’s band and then in the late `90s as a band leader himself that has taken him around the world on tour. Nearing 80, he maintains a sporadic performing schedule.

Meow Meow
7:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, February 4-7, Stage Door Theater, Corner of 5th and College Streets. $30.
This Australian actress/singer won the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival prize in 2011 for turning cabaret topsy-turvy with an outrageous act with global appeal that draws on many eras and locales from chansons (lyric-driven French songs) and 1930’s Shanghai show tunes to `80s new wave and modern alt-rock.

Lindi Ortega
8 p.m. Tuesday, February 5, Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $10.
This country honey, who appeared on ABC’s “Nashville” and toured with Social Distortion, is a throwback to vintage honky-tonk. Her "Cigarettes & Truckstops" made "Spin Magazine's" Top country albums of 2012, drawing on the barren desert and the Man in Black despite her Canadian roots. 

Flogging Molly
7 p.m. Thursday, February 7, The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $37.
This Irish-American act - on it's annual pre-St. Patty's Day Green 17 Tour - has carved out its place as one of the best live touring bands out there with its combination of rollicking pub-punk, heart-on-sleeve storytelling, and bouncing mix of traditional Celtic and rock instrumentation. 

Soul Asylum
8 p.m. Thursday, February 7, Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $25.
In October guitarist Dan Murphy left the group leaving frontman Dave Pirner its lone founding member. Still, 2012's "Delayed Reaction" stands as its best recording since the `90s and deserves a solid listen.