Thursday, November 28, 2013

This week's hot concerts

Edwin McCain
Friday  8 p.m., Don Gibson Theatre, 318 S. Washington St., Shelby, $27.50,
The Greeville, SC-raised singer-songwriter best known for the `90s hits “Solitude” and “I’ll Be” (which was recently covered on “The Voice”) returns to Shelby’s vintage classic theater for the third Thanksgiving running.

Friday  9 p.m., Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave., $15,
On its new album the envelope-pushing showmen of the New York’s theatrical industrial metal stalwart proudly carry the nihilistic, beat-driven charge that it’s wielded since the `90s when it helped ignite the growing, now influential, genre. With youthful industrial-tinged, metallic alt-rock oufit the Rabid Whole.

Tribute to Levon Helm
Friday  9 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $12-$15,
Charlotte’s New Familiars were honored to open for the Band drummer/vocalist and renowned multi-instrumentalist in 2010. After his 2012 death it put together this local all-star tribute, which features the Midwood Horns, Jason Atkins, and members of Matrimony, Gigi Dover, and Chris Cook.

Friday  10 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $6,
The Tarheel crooner (formerly one half of Flat Duo Jets) is a rockabilly guitar icon in the underground heralded by Jack White, Cat Power, Neko Case and actor Anson Mount as an all-time favorite. He was the subject of a 2011 documentary “Two Headed Cow.” Hear what all the fuss is still about decades into his career.

Jon Oliva
Saturday  7:30 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $17-$20,
The four octave Savatage vocalist has spent the last 20 years with holiday hard rockers Trans Siberian Orchestra. He copes with the loss of Jon Oliva’s Pain guitarist Matt LaPorte on a new solo album that incorporates the last recorded work of his brother Criss Oliva, who died in 1993 car crash.

Saturday  8 p.m., Chop Shop, East 35th St., $12-$14,
With anticipation high for its major label full-length release in 2014, the Charlotte-based band is staging a homecoming show (and its first at NoDa’s Chop Shop) that will be filmed, so join in loudly during the sing-alongs.

Chris Cornell
Monday  7:30 p.m., Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St., Sold Out,
The Soundgarden frontman, whose band’s highly anticipated return to Charlotte was scrapped due to inclement weather during May’s Carolina Rebellion, returns for a much different “American Songbook” tour which revisits material from his varied incarnations.

Hugh Cornwell
Wednesday  8:30 p.m., Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave., $15,
As the original vocalist/guitarist for the Stranglers, the British punk icon enjoyed 21 top 40 singles in the UK and Europe. Although not as well known in the states, he hasn’t lost any of his bite on his latest solo album, “Totem and Taboo.”  It’s a mature, but raw record that doesn’t sacrifice urgency or intelligence.

Clairy Browne & the Banging Rackettes
Wednesday 7:30 p.m. McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St. $14.50-$29.50, 
The Aussie soul outfit, who is recording its second album in Nashville, made a splash as the hot house band in a Heineken commercial but it's the nine-piece group's live show and flashy frontwomen - led by Browne - that are solidifying its reputation as a must-see act in the states. 

Thursday  8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $50,
Following the June 4 release of its fourteenth studio album, “Super Collider,” influential thrash metal pioneers Dave Mustaine, Dave Ellefson and company are back to celebrate 30 years. With Fear Factory and Nonpoint.