Friday, June 7, 2013

This week's hot concerts

Modern English
6 p.m. Friday, June 7, The Saloon, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $10.
The Friday Live! concert series turns back the clock a bit farther with the UK band whose “Melt With You” helped define the `80s. Most of the original lineup reformed in 2009 and has a new album promised for 2013.

Will Dailey/Tom McBride
8 p.m. Saturday, June 8, Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $12-$15.
If you’re a sucker for contemporary songwriters like Josh Ritter, Greg Laswell and Ryan Bingham then this pair deserves a listen. An award winner in his native Boston, Dailey is featured in the all-star soundtrack for the John Mellencamp/Stephen King musical “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County.” McBride channels Orbison, Springsteen and Buckley on his latest record.

Langhorne Slim/Matrimony
8 p.m. Saturday, June 8, Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $13.
Conan O’Brien’s favorite band teams with Charlotte’s next hope for national acclaim. The rootsy, pop-rocking locals celebrate the release of its Columbia Records debut - the “Montibello Drive” EP - with a full-length planned for fall.

Earth Wind & Fire
7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 9, Uptown Amphitheatre, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $35-$105.
Still led by `70s era founder/members Verdine White, Philip Bailey, and Ralph Johnson (keeping with the family vibe with Bailey’s son on backing vocals), EW&F keep jazz-inflected funk alive with a tireless 12-piece band that cranks out the hits.
PJ Morton
8 p.m. Sunday, June 9, Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave. $23. The Maroon 5 sideman and solo songwriter and producer recently released his third solo album - this one his major label debut for Lil Wayne’s label. It’s a classic take on modern soul, R&B and pop with a nod to Prince and Stevie Wonder - the latter makes a guest spot along with Adam Levine and Busta Rhymes. 

8 p.m. Monday, June 10, Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd. $12-$16.
The noisy Copenhagen outfit bashes about with dark late `70s/early `80s ferocity as if someone pressed fast forward on a drug-fueled brawl between Jesus & Mary Chain and Joy Division, yet the songs are still anchored in melody. With fellow punk Danes Lower.

Charli XCX
8 p.m. Monday, June 10, Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $15.
The 20-year-old UK dance-pop songwriter’s notoriety is growing stateside thanks to her collaborations with Icona Pop (she wrote and appears on the smash “I Love It”) and Marina and the Diamonds. This may be a case of: “I saw her in a little club when…”

Valient Thorr
8 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $13-$15.
The NC metallic hard rock band continues to outdo itself on its June release “Our Own Masters.” With a frontman that rivals the most charismatic in metal, twin guitars that echo Maiden, and songs that nod to Thin Lizzy, AC/DC, and their `70s and `80s brethren, it’s a wonder they aren’t the biggest band in hard rock.

8 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St. $27.50-$37.50.
The Grammy nominated R&B singer (who happens to be married to former NBA star Grant Hill) returned after a long hiatus in 2012 with another award nominated collection, “Beautiful Surprise.” Her “Beautiful Tour” is here as part of Black Music Month.

Purity Ring
8 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St. $20-$23.
The Canadian duo’s dreamy and atmospheric indie electro-pop - the result of Corin Roddick’s experimental ear-tricking production and vocalist Megan James’ sweet, Brit-pop style vocals -is a favorite of indie taste makers like Pitchfork and Sirius/XMU. It hops over to Charlotte before making its Bonnaroo debut.

Beach House
8 p.m. Thursday, June 13, Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $25-$28.
The Baltimore duo, which makes its Charlotte debut, became one of the hottest acts in indie-rock with 2012’s “Bloom” and its ethereal marriage of swirling, restrained guitar work, hypnotic synthesizers, and Kate Bush-like vocals.