Friday, March 21, 2014

This week's hot concerts

David Mayfield Parade
Friday  8 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $15,
The mighty showman and his band spill charisma and technical chops on stage while making some of the most beautiful, heartfelt Americana you’ve ever heard with ample personality and humor. As a special treat, he and fiddler Ross Holmes (Mumford & Sons) will reunite for the first time on stage since their bluegrass days in Cadillac Sky.

The Duhks
Friday  8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $18-$20, 
After lineup shake-ups and a hiatus, the progressive Canadian soul-folk/grass outfit returns with original vocalist Jessee Havey and fiddler Tania Elizabeth (last seen headlining New Year’s with the Avetts) with the promise of a new album (some of which fans will here at this show) later this year.

We Butter the Bread with Butter
Friday  8 p.m., Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave., $12-$15,
This German theatrical metal outfit fuses disparate elements like Sepultura-style growling with the pomp and bombast of fellow Deutsch hard rockers the Scorpions and Muse and a layer of shimmering synthesizers that recall one-time arena giants like Europe and Asia.

St. Paul & the Broken Bones
Friday  9 p.m., Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St., $14,
It may have taken twenty years, but Birmingham may in fact be the next Seattle. This vintage soul powerhouse elevated by a charismatic frontman whose singing is rife with raw emotion and a crew of impeccable players follows Alabama Shakes and Lee Bains on the road to national stardom.

Saturday  10 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $10,
Former Guided By Voices bassist and fiction and screenwriter Jim Greer keeps the `90s indie rock spirit that bands like GBV, Sonic Youth, and Dinosaur, Jr. made popular alive through chunky, urgent rhythms and wailing, but brief solos. But the trio’s fun, lo-fi alt-rock approach is tempered by female vocalist Guylaine Vivarat.

Three of Clubs Tour
Monday  8 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $12-$15,
Charlotte’s own Flagship, who create big, bold, emotional anthems in the spirit of early U2 and Muse join fellow up and comers Terraplane Sun and Little Daylight for the second round of the national tour that helped introduce Sweden’s Royal Concept to the US last fall.

Nicole Atkins
Tuesday  8 p.m., Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., $12-$15,
Fresh from SXSW the Jersey singer (and former Charlottean) returns following the recent release of “Slow Phaser,” which is a bit of a game changer. Recorded with Swedish producer Tore Johannson (the Cardigans), it’s a livelier, dancier, and grander version of the always striking vocalist.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Wednesday  7:30 p.m. McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St., $14.50-$59.50,
The 50-year-old New Orleans institution has long been known for keeping the city’s signature sound alive, but since Katrina the group’s mission to permeate public consciousness has grown through collaborations with bluegrass legend Del McCoury and indie-jam royalty Jim James (My Morning Jacket).