Thursday, February 6, 2014

This week's hot concerts

Koffin Kats
Friday  9 p.m., The Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd., $5-$7,
The Detroit punk trio channels the ghost of early Misfits with horror themes, catchy sing-along choruses, Danzig-like phrasing, and haunted-house riffs and mixes it with the thrashing guitar sound of Motorhead.

Vanessa Carlton
Saturday  8:30 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $25-$30,
After medical issues forced her to postpone last fall’s shows, the piano-pop songstress returns to the road. She recently married and is over halfway done with her next album, which may be her most experimental yet.

Robbie Fulks
Saturday  9 p.m., Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave., $12-$15,
Emerging as a favorite of the Americana scene in the `90s, it’s no surprise this Chicago songwriter/guitarist’s latest album, “Gone Away Backward,” is among critics’ favorites of 2013 with its balance of bluegrass notes, classic country delivery, and literary storytelling.

Dom Kennedy
Sunday  8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $27,
The L.A. rapper’s decision to decline a major label deal caught the attention of “Forbes Magazine” following the release of his Top 5 charting 2013 album “Get Home Safely.” With his classic hip-hop influences and DIY ideals (think TechN9ne or Jay Z early on) he’s managing to compete with bigger names.

Skinny Puppy
Monday  7 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $20-$25,
Following the release of 2013’s critically acclaimed “Weapon,” the veteran industrial-goth group returns with plans to rerelease 2004’s still timely “The Greater Wrong of the Right” in 2014. 

Lauryn Hill
Tuesday  8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $69.50,
The former Fugee has received positive live reviews since fulfilling her three-month incarceration for tax evasion. Backed by a crack live band, she delivers new twists on old solo and Fugees tracks and performs recent singles.

Jon Batiste & Stay Human
Thursday  7:30 p.m., McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St., $9.50-$29.50,
The 26-year-old New Orleans-raised piano prodigy is taking jazz into the future - respecting the old while creating music that’s fresh and contemporary while reintroducing it to the working class audiences that originated it.

Snarky Puppy
Thursday  8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $18-$20,
The progressive, fluctuating jazz fusion outfit, who’ve backed Erykah Badu, Justin Timberlake, and others, has finally arrived on the national stage for its own work. The Brooklyn-based group recently snagged the Grammy for Best R&B Performance.

Sun Brother
Thursday  9 p.m., The Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd. $9,
Imagine Lenny Kravitz with the occasional falsetto fronting an indie rock band and you’re in the ballpark of this Greenville, SC combo that neatly marries math rock, touches of reggae-pop, and jangly funk.