Thursday, October 10, 2013

This week's hot concerts

Si Kahn and the Looping Brothers
Friday  7 p.m., Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Ave. Free (Donations accepted)  
The Charlotte based folk musician, activist and community organizer released two albums this year - a collection of songs intended to raise awareness of Alaska’s environmentally-threatened “Bristol Bay” and a collaboration with German bluegrass band the Looping Brothers, who join him tonight after a tour of the Southeast.

Zac Brown Band
Friday, 7 p.m.,  Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd., $42-$83.
The Georgia chef-turned-country star once again proves he’s not your average mainstream country act. He taps left-of-Nashville acts the Wood Brothers (with Oliver Wood from Medeski, Martin &…) and blues-rock roots outfit Dugas to open the show and peppers the setlist with un-country covers like “Enter Sandman” and “Kashmir” while overseeing his Southern-themed food stand at Verizon.

J.J. Grey & Mofro
Friday  8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $22-$25.
The Florida-bluesman that started his career making dirty, swampy blues continues to turn up the funk, classic vintage soul, and R&B while infusing that base with rock n’ roll energy akin to Rolling Stones, Black Crowes and Prince on the new album, “The River.”

Menomena/Helio Sequence
Friday  8 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $15.
Far from a mother’s day card, the Portland indie-rock duo’s heady, yet catchy album “Moms” explores the way family dynamics and mothers shape us and our relationships as adults. Fellow Oregonian duo, Helio Sequence, joins its friends on the road for the first time and plays its first CLT show in over four years.

Robert Randolph & the Family Band
Saturday  8 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $20-$23.
The pedal-steel playing bandleader covers “Love Rollercoaster” on his new album, “Lickety Split.” The energy that such a lively track suggests permeates the reinvigorated spirit of the entire album, which finds Randolph on fire with uptempo numbers that take the listener from a partying Saturday night to a Sunday morning revival.

Unknown Hinson
Saturday  8 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $15-$18.
Charlotte’s notorious guitar-slinging, honky-tonk vampire - who has gained national notoriety as the voice of Early Cuyler on “Squidbillies” and as a favorite among celebrity musicians - returns to the stage after mourning his manager-wife who died in February.

Sunday  7 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $37.50.
Glenn Danzig celebrates his band’s 25th anniversary by revisiting not only its quarter century career, but by teaming with former Misfits guitarist Doyle for some of the influential horror-punk outfit’s bloodiest fan favorites.

Lindi Ortega
Tuesday  9 p.m., Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave., $12.
On her polished third album, “Tin Star,” the Canadian-bred, Nashville based alt-country singer-songwriter (who boasts brilliant vibrato) ditches some of the Johnny Cash-like death and sass of her terrific last album to focus on dark, yet different, stories of struggling and passion on the fringes of music city.

Wednesday  8 p.m., Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave., $10-$12.
The colorful Japanese/NYC-based synth-punk outfit perform like action figures come to life and dress like Power Rangers while boasting a wild, interactive live show. It’s new album, “Metalander-Z” pays tribute to the height of hair metal with tracks inspired by the hey-day of Van Halen, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Maiden and the Crue.

Atlas Genius
Wednesday 8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $15-$27.
Part of The Fillmore’s Ones to Watch series, the Australian duo (who opened for Wolfgang here last fall) is breaking big stateside with regular rotation on Sirius/XM and a snappy, melodic alt-pop sound reminiscent of Phoenix.

Thursday  9 p.m., Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave., $8.
It’s hard to look away from its strange videos or to turn off the Athens duo’s curiously ethereal songs as the chemistry and mystery created by the direct vocals and dark beauty of Marie Davon (Venice is Sinking) and Andrew Heaton’s (Packway Handle) material raises temperatures.