Thursday, March 13, 2014

This week's hot concerts

Minus the Bear
Friday  7 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $23,
It’s been a year and a half since 2012’s “Infinity Overhead” album and the influential Seattle indie-rock favorite is only just gearing up for its next go of songwriting, but the band’s keeping its live skills sharp and Southeastern fans pacified with a rare weekend in the Carolinas.

The Hawthornes
Friday  8 p.m., Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., $8-$10,
The Charlotte foursome, which combines funk basslines, anthemic rock guitar, a touch of prog and jazz, and vocals that marry elements of Seal and Michael McDonald celebrate the release of its new album, “More Than Eyes Can See.”

Sarah Jarosz
Friday  8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 35th St., $20,
The 22-year-old singer-songwriter and banjo and mandolin prodigy picks up where artists like Nickel Creek left off - bridging nimble picking bluegrass with orchestral folk. Her third album, “Build Me Up From Bones” is her darkest, edgiest, and artiest effort yet.

Sinners & Saints
Saturday  10 p.m., Petra’s,1919 Commonwealth Ave., $5,
The Charlotte acoustic duo follows 2012’s impressive “Stupid Little Songs” debut with its first full-length, “Love and Misery.” If you prefer the Avett Brothers’ stripped down “Gleam” EPs or watching the Cabin stage at Merlefest with the sun in your eyes, then try this pair’s raw, heart-on-sleeve folk.

Don Williams
Sunday  8 p.m., Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd., $39.70-$67.90,
On the recent Greenville, SC stop of his current tour, the oft-covered, award-winning 74-year-old Texan behind `70s and `80s country classics like "Tulsa Time" and "It Must Be Love" shared stories laced with dry humor and kept the focus on songs, not flash.

Ava Luna
Tuesday  8 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $5,
This Brooklyn art house, no-wave throwback makes Of Montreal sound like an FM pop band with its strange combination of soul singing, funky percussion, quirky synth, disjointed arrangements, and nods to distant cousins like Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Le Tigre, `80s R&B, and Talking Heads.

Middle Class Rut
Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave., $12-$14, 
Before heading out as openers on Chevelle's upcoming tour, this Chicago duo who expanded its sound and lineup for its 2013 album "Pick Up Your Head," headlines with a garage rock-meets-Jane's Addiction vibe. With Dinosaur Pile Up and Brick + Mortar. 

Wednesday  7:30 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $20-$23,
The San Diego pop-rock band infuses its ninth album with modern, electronic edge that fits nicely as an airy companion to its surf documentary, “Fading West.” Like U2, it smartly approaches the sonic evolution without losing its individuality to technology. With Swedish dance-pop juggernaut the Royal Concept.

Children of Bodom
Wednesday  8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $30.50,
As an opening band on major metal tours this veteran Finnish death metal act is often a show-stealer. As it casts its own “Halo of Blood” over North America during this sixth week headlining tour it competes for that title with even older opening act Death Angel and fellow Scandinavians Tyr.

2 Chainz
Thursday  8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $52,
With “B.O.A.T.S. II #METIME” continuing its late 2013 streak riding Billboard’s R&B and hip-hop album charts (where he still hovers around #15), the gruff Georgia rapper embarks on the 2 Good to Be T.R.U. tour with Pusha T and August Alsina.