Friday, October 4, 2013

This week's hot concerts

Friday  7:30 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $10-$12.
Another hometown act is on the rise nationally. Former members of Flagship Brigade and Campbell the Band release their self-titled full-length debut as Flagship on Bright Antenna Records (OMD, Middle Class Rut, the Wombats) Tuesday. It’s bursting with dark, expansive, dramatic and delicate guitar rock with nods to moody Brit-pop and U2.

Sons of Bill
Friday  8 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $12-$14
The Virginia brother-rooted quintet (three out of five members’ dad is a professor of theology and Southern lit, which explains the heady lyrics) combines literary songwriting and country-folk roots with guitar rock spirit much like those rock n’ roll intellectuals in R.E.M.

Nora Jane Struthers and the Party Line
Friday  10 p.m., Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $12-$14.
The former English teacher crafts beautiful story songs from the female perspective with a progressive bluegrass and forward-thinking folk base on her sophomore album, “Carnival.” If you enjoyed the Dixie Chicks’ rootsy “Home,” think of Struthers as the long-awaited next step.

Kilah Palooza
Saturday  12 p.m. to 10 p.m., Fountain Plaza, NC Music Factory, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd. $.
Lucky Five, Adrian Crutchfield & the Extraordinary Gentlemen, Grownup Avenger Stuff, Colby Dobbs Band, Blu Avenue, and others play this family-friendly all day event, which includes an appearance by Governor McCrory, to honor Kilah Davenport whose life-altering abuse at the hands of her step-father triggered stronger legislation against abusers in NC earlier this year.

Gregory Alan Isakov
Saturday  8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $15-$18.
The South African-born, Colorado-based folk noir songwriter treads the same dark skies and stark fields as peers like Iron & Wine and Jessica Lea Mayfield. His latest album, “The Weatherman,” celebrates the magic in simple normalcy, which is fitting given his thoughtful, straight forward folk.

Indigo Girls
Saturday  8 p.m., Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. $54.50-$94.50.
Emily Saliers and Amy Ray join the Charlotte Symphony for full orchestral reworkings of the harmonizing Atlanta songwriting team’s classic folk-pop songs including “Kid Fears,” “Chickenman,” “Power of Two,” “Galileo” and “Closer to Fine.”

Wednesday 13
Sunday  8 p.m., Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $13-$16.
It’s fitting to end Antiseen’s 30th Antiversary weekend celebration with singer Jeff Clayton’s former babysitter - the goth-punk frontman who went on to similar international notoriety as singer for horror rockers the Murderdolls/solo artist who twists horror-movie cliches into clever, catchy, and sometimes funny punk-metal tunes.

Aimee Mann/Ted Leo
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St. $24.50-$39.50.
The acclaimed Oscar nominated singer-songwriter behind the “Magnolia” soundtrack, Til Tuesday’s “Voices Carry,” and a catalog of smart albums joins forces with rock band leader and frequent collaborator Leo. Prior to releasing their the Both project in 2014, they play separate sets.

India Arie
Tuesday  8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $37.50.
After a four year hiatus the Grammy winning Atlanta soul singer-songwriter sounds reinvigorated on her urgent, upbeat new album “Songversation.” It finds the ever spiritual singer infusing smart, radio-friendly R&B with jazz, Middle Eastern, reggae, and classical guitar for a cohesive, but eclectic global sound.

Michael McDonald
Wednesday  7:30 p.m., Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St., $44.50-$84.50.
The PNC Celebrity Series continues to place A-list vocalists in rather intimate settings with the legendary blue-eyed soul (yes, his are really blue) and rock singer whose bold, distinct voice branded hits for the Doobie Brothers, Christopher Cross and Patti Labelle as well as on his own. Look out for new material, including some with his son, on the web.

Yonder Mountain String Band
Thursday  7 p.m., Amos’ Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St., $22.50-$25.
Two days after releasing its new “YMSB EP 13” (which features one song by each member) and a week before hosting its annual Harvest Festival in Arkansas, the venerable road dogs return with its genre-melding blend of jam-friendly alterna-grass.