Friday, May 31, 2013

This week's hot concerts

Ed Roland
6 p.m. Friday, May 31, NC Music Factory Fountain Plaza, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $5.
The Collective Soul frontman shakes up the rock format slightly with his group the Sweet Tea Project relying on rootsier, (partly) acoustic instrumentation which still mines the same sort of modern Southern rock songwriting that the Atlanta singer is best known for.

Randall Bramblett
10 p.m. Friday, May 31, Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave. $15.
The multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter may not be a household name, but he’s one of those writer/musiicans that household names like Bonnie Raitt turn to when in need of a smart track, which indicates his own albums - like the just released “The Bright Spots” - are often unsung gems.

Aaron Lewis
11 p.m. Saturday, June 1, Coyote Joe’s, 4621 Wilkinson Blvd. $20-$23.
The Staind frontman took his knack for peppering Staind's melodic metal with every-man angst to country radio for 2011’s “Country Boy” and its follow-ups “Endless Summer” and “Forever.” The move seems to be working as he returns to the local country hot spot.

Summerland Tour
7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 2, Uptown Amphitheatre, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $27-$57.85.
After a warm reception for its outing with Lit and Sugar Ray last summer, Everclear leads this `90s rock tour for the second year. The lineup is a heavier one this time with `90s radio staples Live, Filter, and Sponge filling out the bill.

Wednesday 13
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, Tremont, 400 W. Tremont St. $13-$15.
The China Grove-native infuses camp and cult into his unapologetically fun brand of horror rock, which trades on punk, metal, and `70s and `80s rock n’ roll picking up where early Misfits left off while riffing on practically every slasher film or monster movie you can think of.

9 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd. $15-$17.
After a five-year wait, the moody rock band (best known for 2002’s modest modern rock hit “Sometimes”) returns with the PledgeMusic-funded “Ballet the Boxer” album. Ours’ frontman Jimmy Gnecco has a voice that can stop you in your tracks - making the group a force live. With Greensboro’s Luna Arcade.

Face to Face
7 p.m. Wednesday, June 5. Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St. $17-$20.
With its second post-reunion album hitting on influences like the the Clash and the Jam, the Southern California punk band - influential in their own right on pop-punk acts like blink 182 - returns to Charlotte for its first headlining show here since the early `90s when it played the long-ago-closed Pterodactyl.

Aaron Carter
8 p.m. Thursday, June 6. Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St. $17-$20/$67-$70 VIP.
At only 25 and well over a decade since his biggest hits, the former teen heartthrob and more recent Broadway lead returns to the club stage to relaunch his music career with the intimate After Party Tour and a tentative new hip-hop and dance flavored album later this year.

Hobex/Greg Humphreys
9 p.m. Thursday, June 6, Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave. $12.
The Southern soul outfit led by former Dillon Fence frontman Humphreys - who opens with material from his new solo album “Bohemia” - plays its first Charlotte show in four years and a rare club set at that.