Thursday, October 24, 2013

This week's hot concerts

Gary Hoey
Saturday  8 p.m., Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave., $17-$20.
Whether tackling squealing solos, metal licks, rippling surf, meaty Southern rock, or (as of late) electric blues or interpreting others’ works as instrumentals, the renowned musician picks a mean, gnarly guitar. He hits Charlotte before rocking NASCAR fans Sunday at Martinsville Speedway.

Michael Buble
Saturday  8 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St., $68.60-$118.15.
The not quite new millennium’s answer to Sinatra may sound like a romantic, easy-going crooner, but he’s also a charismatic entertainer who puts on a memorable concert fit to win over jaded rock fans as well as charm mom and pop.

Annual Halloween Fiasco!
Saturday  8 p.m., The Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd., $10.
Local bands like Serfs, Bo White, Secret Hospital, and Hectorina “dress up” for Halloween as classic acts covering the Bee Gees, Billy Idol, the Descendents, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Interpol, Violent Femmes, and Bikini Kill for the Milestone's annual Halloween party.

Band of Heathens/Greg Humphreys
Saturday  8:45 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $12-$15. 
With one foot firmly rooted in Asheville now (co-founder Ed Jurdi resides there now), the Austin Southern roots rock band is re-energized with a new lineup on its latest album, "Sunday Morning Record." Carolinian Humphreys' new solo album is more in line with that folky Americana sound, but the former Dillon Fence frontman hasn't lost the soul he mined in his other band Hobex. 

Selena Gomez
Sunday  7:30 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St., $40.25-$78.60. 
This year’s headlines focused on the Disney pop star’s relationship with Bieber and role in the controversial “Spring Breakers,” but more importantly the actress (who’s picking interesting projects) still knows her way around an irresistible dance-pop song and remains more wholesome than Miley.

Beach Fossils/Kurt Vile
Monday  8 p.m., Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St., $15.
Beach Fossils’ Dustin Payseur finally returns to his hometown with his Brooklyn-based indie band whose lo-fi album “Clash The Truth” is one of the best records of 2013. Prolific headliner and Sirius/XMU favorite Kurt Vile is an equally buzzed about songwriter who makes dreamy, odd, listenable indie-rock somewhere between Ben Kweller and Beck.

Pearl Jam
Wednesday  7:30 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St., $81.90.
The `90s rock giant with the least drama continues to prove its 1994’s Most Likely to Succeed title was well deserved, having eclipsed most of its peers in longevity and consistency with legendary old-fashioned rock  n’ roll live shows that haven’t let up - they played 3 and 1/2 hours in NYC recently.

Thursday  7:30 p.m., Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave., $22-$25.
Who better to celebrate Halloween with than these metal monsters from outer space? Get ready to get messy and bloody in the slave pit as these veteran theatrical rockers deliver sci-fi horror madness on stage. With White Chapel, Iron Reagan, and Band Of Orcs.

Thursday  7:30 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $18.  
The indie duo behind the inescapable “Go Outside” (currently in a Nokia Lumina commercial) proves success wasn’t a fluke with its sophomore album, “Static,” further pushing the fantasy of `60s girl group singer waking up in NYC circa 2010 to make deliciously sweet, modern alt-pop. The band has some special Halloween treats in store for fans - so come costumed if you can. 

St. Paul and the Broken Bones
Thursday  9 p.m., Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St., $10-$12.
The retro soul revival is alive and well in Alabama thanks to cats like this intense band leader with a big voice and stage persona. He’s surrounded by a crop of A-list horn players and beat keepers that help create a big classic soul sound.