Friday, November 15, 2013

This week's hot concerts

Frank Turner
Friday  7 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $16.50-$20,
The former post-hardcore singer hasn’t left his punk roots behind completely. The English band leader may strum an acoustic guitar while backed by tinkling mandolin and keys now, but there’s plenty of fire and vitriol in his charging, wordy folk-rock that fits comfortably alongside Gaslight Anthem and Billy Bragg.

The Eagles
Friday  8 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St., $62.70-$202.25,
Having had its dirty laundry (pun intended) recently aired in an addictive, if characteristically excessive, Alison Eastwood-directed two-part documentary, “The History of the Eagles,” Frey, Henley, Walsh and the gang regroup for another rock down memory lane.

Rusted Root/Von Grey
Monday  7:30 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $23-$25,
Almost 20 years since its release its “Send Me On My Way” is still a fixture in pop culture, while the Pittsburg outfit finds new ways to unite uplifting rock and world music. Instrument-wielding, harmonizing, rootsy young girl group Von Grey offers pop music fans an alternative to the Mileys.

Jim Brickman
Tuesday  7:30 p.m., Belk Theater, 130 S. Tryon St., $39.50-$119.50,
The prolific pianist and composer’s “Love Tour” and recently released “Magic of Christmas” album (featuring Johnny Mathis, Sandi Patty, and Megan Hilty) signal that the holiday season is near. He returns to share his romantic piano music and new holiday renditions.

Wednesday  7 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $23-$25,
The blonde brother trio, who now has a brood of offspring big enough to start another Partridge Family, may not have had another smash as big as “MMMBop,” but fans know that it’s one of the most consistent, professional, and best live bands touring. The “Anthem Tour” celebrates 21 years together, which should make us all feel old.

Janelle Monae
Wednesday  8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $32,
R&B is often so formulaic it begs for those quirky personalities that bring something new and odd to the game. Monae - back for her first CLT show since the DNC - is that unique, eclectic female artist capable of Prince-like funk-rock, vintage Motown-flavored soul, as well as much needed quirky pop.

Talib Kweli/Big K.R.I.T.
Thursday  8 p.m., Amos’ Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St., $22-$25,
The rappers return on an off-night between dates with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (who play Raleigh Wednesday) where veteran Kweli is educating M&RL’s young mainstream fans to his acclaimed alternative hip-hop. Both anticipate new albums, with Kweli’s dropping digitally in December and K.R.I.T’s sophomore effort planned for 2014.

Third Eye Blind
Thursday  8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $43,
While some lump Stephan Jenkins’ `90s rock radio staple in with the stream of seemingly samey WEND 106.5 rockers, Third Eye Blind not only had a succession of hits (“Semi-Charmed Life,” “How’s It Going to Be”) its revered by fans that came of age during that era as the seminal mainstream `90s rock band.