Thursday, August 8, 2013

This week's hot concerts

Kate Campbell
7 p.m. Friday, August 9, Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Ave. Free (donations recommended).
A literary, funny Southern songwriter (you can hear the Mississippi twang in her voice), Campbell - who has been compared to Southern writers like Flannery O’Connor and William Faulkner - kicks off Charlotte Folk Society’s 2013-2014 season with songs that evoke the ever-changing and unchanging South.

Big Country
8 p.m. Friday, August 9, Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St. $18-$20.
The 2001 suicide of singer Stuart Adamson brought the future of Scotland’s acclaimed equivalent to U2 to an abrupt end. Co-founder Bruce Watson recruited Adamson’s friend and one of his favorite singers, Mike Peters, to reunite with a new lineup for 2013’s “The Journey.” (The new lineup includes, drummer Mark Brzezicki, who played on The Cult’s “Love” album, coincidentally - see below).

10 p.m. Friday, August 9, Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. $5.
Through a haze of distortion the Northern California combo alternates between evoking the dreamy guitars and swirling synth of `90s shoegazers like My Bloody Valentine and more aggressive punk urgency. With Nothing and Serfs.

The Cult
8 p.m. Saturday, August 10, The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $39.50.
After it recreated its “Love” album on tour in 2009, Ian Astbury, Billy Duffy, and company return to revisit 1987’s “Electric” as well as a second set of hits from the veteran British hard rock group’s 30 year career.

Tim Barry/Cory Branan
9 p.m. Sunday, August 11, The Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd. $12.
The former frontman for Richmond outfit Avail (Barry) turned his working class punk songwriting into countrified folk noir. He teams with Branan - a fresh, if husky voice in Americana/alt-country whose “Mutt” was one of the best traditional underground country records of 2012. With Bryan McPherson.

Adam Ant
8 p.m. Monday, August 12, McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St. $24.50-$49.50.
Since releasing his last album 18 years ago, Britain’s new wave King of the Wild Frontier lived on a mountain in Tennessee, became a dad, and was treated for mental illness. All that and his storied punk roots are fodder for his raw, adventurous new album. Recent comeback concerts have included performances of nearly 30 songs.

Jimmy Eat World
8 p.m. Tuesday, August 13, The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $33.
The Mesa, Arizona quartet who rose to the mainstream with crunchy guitars, emo sentiment, and pop harmonies on tracks like “The Middle” nears its 20th year (in 2014). Its latest album, “Damage,” feels lighter with jangly guitars and pop sing-alongs when the group isn’t charging ahead with characteristic driving rock. 

Daughn Gibson/Hiss Golden Messenger
8 p.m. Tuesday, August 13, The Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd. $10-$12.
The former Pearls & Brass drummer makes a strange but happy marriage of dark Joy Division/Nick Cave-style goth (thanks to his boomy baritone and unusual arrangements) and twangy Americana. Sounds weird on paper, but great in actuality. Durham’s Hiss Golden Messenger takes an equally dark approach to stark, sparse folk music. With Ancient Cities.

Los Enanitos Verdes
8 p.m. Wednesday, August 14, The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $33.
A classic rock band in Latin America, the legendary Argentinian group has been kicking around since 1979 making Spanish language arena rock and pop ballads like a Latin equivalent to the Eagles, the Allman Brothers, and U2. Its latest is 2013’s “Tic Tac.”

Mobb Deep
8 p.m. Thursday, August 15, Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St. $20-$30.
With its 2012 feud behind it (as well as jail time for member Prodigy), the Queens rap duo, who carved its place in hip-hop history with 1995’s “The Infamous,” celebrates its 20th anniversary. With Big Pooh, Supastition, Mr. Invisible, and the Legacy Committee.