Thursday, September 5, 2013

This week's hot concerts

Pete Anderson
9 p.m. Friday, September 6, Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave. $10-$12.
With his history as Dwight Yoakam’s musical partner, it’s no surprise that this Tele-slinging, Grammy winning producer (Lucinda Williams, Meat Puppets) can strut like a Stray Cat, pull off tension-filled blues licks, and touch on the many genre he’s worked in with a classic feel on his new album “Birds Above Guitarland.”  
Shannon Whiworth
8 p.m. Saturday, September 7, Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $12-$14.
With an aching alto, the Brevard singer-songwriter seamlessly blends country and soul conjuring the genre blurring spirit of musical beauties of the `70s and `80s like Carly Simon, Carlene Carter, and Rita Coolidge.
8 p.m. Saturday, September 7, Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St. $15-$18.
The prolific third generation musician continues to flit between his familial honky-tonk roots and the noisy metal and sludge of his youth with two new releases (out October 1) - a double album of country and second of punk with his new project 3. Expect his live show to demonstrate the same split musical personality.
David Mayfield Parade
9 p.m. Saturday, September 7, Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave. $12.
With a stellar sophomore album the former Cadillac Sky and Jessica Lea Mayfield sideman literally struts his stuff on stage where he’s a comedic frontman, poignant songwriter and nimble picker. You will not leave without a smile glued to your face. If you get to the 1:06 minute mark in the video you'll see what I mean. 
Jam For Cam
9 p.m. Saturday, September 7, The Saloon, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $5.
The second annual Jam for Cam features two artists who have new albums produced by the aforementioned David Mayfield. Greenville's Sarah Clanton Schaffer, who has toured with Mayfield, makes cello rock that’s part roots music, part Fiona Apple while Bristol, Virginia's Annabelle’s Curse is an acoustic act that erases the line between pop and bluegrass.
Kid Rock
6:45 p.m. Tuesday, September 10, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd. $29.
The genre-hopping country-rocker abides by his Heartland-loving, everyman-empathizing lyrics by leveling the ticket-buying playing field and making admission actually affordable and equal (all seats are the same price).  He ups the entertainment ante with ZZ Top and Uncle Kracker opening.
7 p.m. Tuesday, September 10, The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $33.
Rancid plays its first Charlotte club headlining show for the first time since 1996. Recent setlists have relied heavily on the veteran punk band’s “And Out Come the Wolves” era. Tim Timebomb and Friends are among the openers. The group is a covers and originals project of Rancid frontman Tim Armonstrong and a revolving cast of musicians.
Wax Tailor
8 p.m. Tuesday, September 10, Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St. $15-$17.
Narrated by Don McCorkindale (BBC’s “The Avengers”) with delicate female vocals and multi-media collaborations with 20 film directors, this trip-hop adventure from the award winning French electronic hip-hop artists is more like a live scored film and music experience than a typical hip-hop concert.
The National
8 p.m. Wednesday, September 11, The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $45.50.
The long running indie rock darlings - a dark, intelligent successor to R.E.M. - makes its Charlotte debut after 14 years and six brilliant, critically-acclaimed albums. The group, whose songs are musically moving, somber, and mysterious with winking lyrical twists, was a standout at Bonnaroo and is the subject of a new documentary.
8 p.m. Thursday, September 12, Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $20.
The Oakland-based R&B singer can do sexy, feminist Mary J. Blige-style R&B and classic soul, but there’s also an interesting undercurrent of experimental arrangements, jazz and electronic musical swerves, and a smart, sympathetic lyrical approach that makes her music at once relatable without rattling her striking, cool persona.