Thursday, March 7, 2013

This week's hot concerts

Gaslight Anthem
8 p.m .Friday, March 8, Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $30.50.
This New Jersey outfit continues the build from its last album “American Slang” with the personal, driving rock n’ roll of “Handwritten” - a smart, charging collision of Springsteen and working class punk. Its single “45” ranks among the catchiest songs of 2012.

L.A. Guns
8 p.m. Friday, March 8, Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St. $18.
Founding guitarist Tracii Guns retired his version of the `80s glam metal act in 2012 leaving vocalist Phil Lewis and drummer Steve Riley - both from its classic `80s “Cocked & Loaded” lineup - to lead this former rival on hits like “Never Enough” and “The Ballad of Jayne.”

Randy Rogers Band
11 p.m. Friday, March 1, Coyote Joe’s, 4621 Wilkinson Blvd. $5.
With a knack for pop hooks and smooth arrangements the Texas outfit straddles mainstream country and the more rugged singer-songwriter aesthetic of fellow Texans like Guy Clark and Ray Wylie Hubbard. It’s new album, “Trouble,” is out April, 30.

Delta Rae/ZZ Ward
8 p.m. Saturday, March 9, Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $15. 704-358-9200.
The triangle area roots ensemble has enjoyed a banner year with appearances on “Leno” and an invite to play at the DNC. It’s paired with Ward, whose bluesy delivery and dark, sexy, cryptic lyrics make for a fresh take on polished, soulful pop.

8 p.m. Saturday, March 9, Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $33.
The Canadian DJ creates bass and dubstep beats for the ears, but for the eyes he unveils 420 square feet of 3D video mapped animation projected on to a mechanical bunker where he’ll perform his live set syncing music and video on his state-of-the-art Execution Tour. The bill includes Paper Diamond and Vaski.

Chris Duarte
10 p.m. Saturday, March 9, Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave. $10.
With his new album, “My Soul Alone,” the guitarist and conversational lyricist hits on many facets of electric blues whether playing in the emotive style of Stevie Ray Vaughan, the moody psychedelic grooves of Hendrix, or the poppy feel of classic rock n’ roll.

John Corbett
8 p.m. Monday, March 11, Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $22-$25.
True to his West Virginia roots the “Sex & the City” actor (who is attached to an upcoming “NCIS” spin-off pilot "NCIS: Red") does another go as a Nashville-steeped country singer on his second album, which is more mainstream radio ready country than rootsy Americana.

10 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. Free.
With its fuzzy guitars and indie spirit this `90s-nodding Nova Scotia trio recalls the noisy lo-fi pop of acts like Archers of Loaf or Dinosaur Jr. but with a soft spot for shoegazer walls of distortion. It’s album “A Ghost History” has a `90s hook as well - a solo played by Ash guitarist Tim Wheeler. 

JP Harris & the Tough Choices
9 p.m. Thursday, March 14, The Thirsty Beaver, 1225 Central Ave. Free.
Whether accompanied by a weeping pedal steel or sailing through lyrics with his quick wit and tongue, it’s easy to imagine Harris’ classic style country hitting the stage before Hank Williams circa 1950 or as a star performer on “Hee-Haw” circa 1983.