Friday, May 10, 2013

This week's hot concerts

Paul Giallorenzo’s GitGO
8 p.m. Friday, May 10, dialect design, 3204-C N. Davidson St. Donations encouraged.
The Chicago jazz pianist and composer leads this quintet which highlights, not only playful piano, but lyrical, sometimes wacky horns that interplay with the keys and busy percussion in a spirited, improvisational dance. 

Mother’s Finest
8 p.m. Friday, May 10, Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St. $18-$22.
This biracial veteran Georgia funk outfit took on racial stereotypes on stage and in its music during its `70s funk hey-day and again while shifting its focus to in-your-face rock in the `90s. It boasts members - many still original - from both eras.

The Darkness
8 p.m. Saturday, May 11, Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St. $22.50-$25.
Much like the bands that inspired it, this British arena rock and hair metal throwback burned out quickly after the massive hit, “I Believe in A Thing Called Love.” The group reformed in 2011 and released the album “Hot Cakes” in 2012, which still delivers on high octane rock and campy, inescapable pop hooks.

Black Francis
8 p.m. Saturday, May 11, Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $20.
According to recent set lists the Pixies frontman, who has been collaborating live and on record with opening act Reid Paley in recent years, revisits his prolific career with a solo set that includes solo work, covers, and material by his fabled band.

Jeff the Brotherhood/The Hunters
8 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St. $10.
This Nashville rock duo does a psychedelic take on garage rock that’s big on low end and would be at home scoring a “Dazed and Confused”-style party montage. Hunters is the wild, dissonant, and unpredictable heir to forward thinking punk-influenced acts - think a Bikini Kill/Sonic Youth mash-up.

Ryan Saranich
9 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave. $8.
The Boston-based Charlotte native and saxophonist’s new album “Story” balances the raw energy of a live set with fully realized jazz-anchored arrangements that play out with subtlety and lyrical expression (despite being instrumental) like retro TV themes or classic 1960s and 1970s movie scores.

Geoff Rickly and John Nolan
6 p.m. Thursday, May 16, Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $10-$13.
Consider this solo tour from the Thursday frontman and Taking Back Sunday/Straylight Run guitarist Nolan (who calls Charlotte home now) a Taking Back Thursday tour, where both will play quieter, more stripped down sets than its post-punk, emo-core bands. Don’t expect a country-folk duo though. Their sets still fall under the rock umbrella.

The Trishas
7 p.m. Thursday, May 16, Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $12-$14.
This folky, harmonizing female quartet come highly recommended by elite Nashville and Austin songwriters like Ray Wylie Hubbard and Raul Malo who recruited the group to guest on their records before the band had even recorded anything of its own. 

Old Crow Medicine Show
7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16, Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. $42.90-$50.10.
The “Wagon Wheel” band, whose career took off after Doc Watson discovered it busking on a Boone corner and invited it to play Merlefest, paved the way for today’s genre-blurring acoustic revival that includes Grammy winners Mumford & Sons and chart toppers like the Lumineers.