Friday, August 16, 2013

This week's hot concerts

OneRepublic/Mayer Hawthorne
7 p.m. Friday, August 16, Uptown Amphitheatre, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $34-$62.50.
Hit making songwriter Ryan Tedder’s Coldplay-styled pop-rock outfit returns following the March release of its third album, “Native,” with the Detroit-based soul throwback in tow.  The snappy dressing lady’s man (Hawthorne) taps into his `80s influences as well as his Motown roots on his new album. With Churchhill.

Jars of Clay/The Last Bison
8 p.m. Friday, August 16, Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St. $17.50-$20/$35 VIP.
One of Christian rock’s biggest crossover acts - thanks to 1996’s Top 40 hit “Flood” - returns prior to the release of its eleventh album “Inland” (out August 27). Virginia family septet the Last Bison is the latest entry in the Mumford-following folk-pop category, but it stands out with self-described mountain chamber music and a startling single, “Switzerland.”

Tift Merritt
8 p.m. Friday, August 16, Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $15-$17.
The Raleigh raised singer-songwriter summons the ghosts of the best female band leaders of the `70s  - a fun force on stage who seems to be enjoying herself with a voice that's mighty in its tone and strength, but still sweet and vulnerable.

10 p.m. Friday, August 16, Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. $5-$10.
Matt Sumrow (Comas, Ambulance Ltd, Dean & Britta) channels the darker side of a John Hughes’ film with this melancholy new wave throwback that combines a sense of dreamy longing with a Jesus & Mary Chain-like marriage of melody and fuzz.

Skid Rowe
8 p.m. Saturday, August 17, Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon ST. $17.50-$20.
At 14 years with the band, singer Johnny Solinger has actually been on stage with Snake Sabo, Rachel Bolan, and Scotti Hill longer than Sebastian Bach was. The hair metal stalwart’s latest material is a series of EPs. “United World Rebellion - Chapter One” is out now with “Chapter Two” to follow soon.

7:30 p.m. Sunday, August 18, Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $10-$12.
The Detroit quintet approaches metal with a sense of humor and a fondness for grooves (think Maylene’s Northern cousins) as it twists between assaulting riffs and boogieing hooks with a nod to party metal and its musical Motor City roots. 

Scott Weiland
8 p.m. Sunday, August 18, The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $37.50.
While he and his former band mates have it out in court over the Stone Temple Pilots’ name, the infamous vocalist who was fired from the group in February (STP hired Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington) performs songs from the group’s 20 year history, focusing primarily on its most successful records on the Purple at the Core Tour.

Bruno Mars/Fitz & the Tantrums
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 21, Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St. $61.95-$78.
The Hawaiian hit maker brings retro Motown-style soul and showmanship to the modern era with a glitzy show that includes not only his own massive hits, but the others  (“Billionaire”) he’s had a hand in. Here’s hoping for a hint of his spot-on Michael Jackson impersonation too. Fitz leads a funky buzzing soul-pop unit that serving up modest hits of its own.

John Cowan
8 p.m. Thursday, August 22, Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E . 36th St. $20-$30.
As the voice of New Grass Revival he was the first to mix bluegrass, rock, soul and gospel and he’s continued to do that as a solo artist. The go-to session bassist and dynamite singer celebrates his 60th birthday (officialy August 24) on tour this week.