Thursday, January 23, 2014

This week's hot concerts

Friday  8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $15-$18,
With its album “Muchado” topping many best of 2013 lists, including “Paste Magazine's,” the psychedelic folk-rock alter-ego of songwriter and Brooklyn-based Southerner Matthew Houck makes a stop in Charlotte for a long-awaited, predicted sell-out show.

Friday  8 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $17-$20,
Frontman Jesse James Dupree (one of the stars of TruTV’s “Full Throttle Saloon” biker bar reality show) still wields his roaring chainsaw during the Georgia Southern rock/hair metal stalwart’s biggest hit “The Lumberjack.” It’s also an incredibly loud show even before the power tools come out, so bring ear plugs.

Curtis Eller’s American Circus
Friday  9:30 p.m., Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., $6-$8, 
Looking like a skinny, 1920’s era boxer fronting a vaudeville show, the Piedmont area frontman lives up to his band’s name with guitar-shunning, historically-set songs that range from gritty, bluesy, and traditional to rollicking rock n’ soul. It celebrates the release of the new album, “How to Make It In Hollywood.”

Eric Paslay
Friday  11 p.m., Coyote Joe’s, 4621 Wilkinson Blvd., $10-$12,
The up and coming Texas country singer already penned three No. 1 singles for other artists - Love and Theft’s “Angel Eyes,” Jake Owen’s “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” and Eli Young Band’s “Even If It Breaks Your Heart.” He currently has his own first hit in “Friday Night.”

Catie Curtis
Saturday  8 p.m., Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., $15-$18,
The veteran Boston folk-pop songwriter is best known for gender equality anthems like "Radical" (which predated the gay marriage battle by nearly 20 years) and for scoring everything from “Dawson’s Creek” to “Grey’s Anatomy.” She releases her Indiegogo-funded thirteenth album, “Flying Dream,” in February, but fans can grab a copy of her latest tracks about love, longing and relationships at the show.

The Mobros/Hank Sinatra
Saturday  10 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $5,
Songs like “Trampstamp” and “Low Rent Strip Bars,” respectively display a sense of humor, but these Southern acts also display dexterity and writing chops. Camden, SC’s harmony-driven Morris Brothers, for instance, weave soul, blues, country, and old-time rock. Its brand new debut album is available at shows this week.

Nipsey Hussle/Deniro Farrar
Sunday  8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $18-$20,
With fans willing to fork over $100 each for physical copies of his latest mixtape “Crenshaw” (which is available for average price digitally) and a full-length studio album in the works, the Los Angeles rapper is one to watch. The same can be said for Charlotte’s own rising Farrar, who has signed to Vice Records. (Warning: Video contains profanity and violence). 

Jack of Heart
Sunday  9:00 p.m., The Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd., $5-$7,
While the French are best known for the electronic and indie pop of Air and Phoenix, this psychedelic garage rock combo from the South of France strikes closer to the cross section of the gnarly Detroit psych-blues and the acid-tripping experimentalism of a Russ Myer movie soundtrack.

The Front Bottoms
Tuesday  7 p.m., Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave., $10-$12,
This Jersey outfit has been selling out clubs and building ample buzz with its quirky, Violent Femmes-style lyric-driven rock. Don’t get the wrong idea from Brian Sella’s acoustic guitar though, this isn’t the next chapter in the post-Mumford movement, it’s punkier/emoish indie-rock.

Amon Amarth
Wednesday  8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $33,
The Swedish death metal band who spikes its melodically heavy songs with fantastical lyrics of ancient monsters and Norse mythology returns following its “Deceiver of the Gods” album - its ninth. Ohio thrashers Skeletonwitch and Norwegian black metal vets Enslaved open the show.