Thursday, January 30, 2014

This week's hot concerts

Carrie Rodriguez and Luke Jacobs
Friday  8 p.m., Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., $15,
Following her album "Give Me All You Got’s" placement among the Americana Music Association’s Top 10 of 2013, the Texan fiddler and singer-songwriter teams with musical partner Jacobs, who fills out her sound with harmonies, guitar, lap steel, and harmonica.

The Hot Gates
Friday  8 p.m., Visuilte, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $8,
It’s a good night for eclectic local talent with songwriter and singer former Noises 10 leader Jason Scavone’s pop-rock band leading the pack. With the Business People and Americana songwriter Bart Lattimore.

Nikki Hill
Friday  10 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $5,
The Durham soul singer’s voice and delivery can stop listeners in its tracks. Backed by a band that can channel raw `60s Beatles, gritty garage rock, or Stax soul, Hill - who recently toured Europe - is the real deal.

Dead 27s
Friday  10 p.m., Double Door Inn, 1218 Charlottetown Ave., $5-$7,
The soulful, bluesy combo (and former band of "American Idol" season 11 alum Elise Testone) became a favorite in its native Charleston where it won multiple awards in "Charleston City Paper" and the Best of Charleston awards for its soul-meets-Black Crows swagger. It releases its debut EP next week.

Husky Burnette
Friday  10:30 p.m., Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., $5-$7,
With a gravelly voice reminiscent of Wolfman Jack, the gritty Chattanooga bluesman makes gnarly acoustic and electric blues that shifts between the heart and heft of the Mississippi Delta and the funky indelible riffs of early ZZ Top.

Charlie Worsham
Friday  11 p.m., Coyote Joe’s, 4621 Wilkinson Blvd., $10-$12,
The young country singer’s death was greatly exaggerated on last Friday’s episode of Fox’s "Bones," where he played a murder victim. This Friday the Mississippian, who toured with Taylor Swift and Miranda Lambert, is alive and well playing songs from his 2013 debut "Rubberband."

Sunday  9 p.m., The Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd., $8-$10, 
The married Florida duo, which celebrated its bands twentieth anniversary in 2013, may likely be the loudest act this side of Motorhead but its also more eclectic than its blaring live shows and the sludge-metal tag implies. It demonstrates a willingness to experiment with dynamics and guitarist Amber Valentine’s occasionally gentle voice.

Walk Off the Earth
Tuesday  7 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $20-$25,
This Canadian pop-rock group manages to tap into two current musical trends by mixing the anthemic sing-alongs of the Lumineers and Of Monsters and Men with the danceable beats and radio-ready pop of groups like Capital Cities.