Thursday, April 10, 2014

This week's hot concerts

Friday  8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $19,
The Nashville duo is primed to blow up thanks to the infectious, electro-pop party single “Doses & Mimosas,” which simultaneously channels Timberlake’s soul, Kesha’s crassness, and edgy hip-hop attitude. Its debut album, “Year of the Caprese,” is due May 27 on Columbia Records. (Video contains some profanity). 

Amos Lee
Saturday  8 p.m., Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd., $49.90-$62.25,
The Philly singer-songwriter mines the South (he graduated from the University of SC) on “Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song” - which finds him shifting from raw near-bluegrass to classic country and radio-ready R&B ballads to all sorts of rootsy, atmospheric spots in between. That’s also reflected in recent live shows.

Desert Noises
Saturday  10 p.m., Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., $10-$12,
Utah's latest buzz band recently wrapped a slew of SXSW appearances that garnered praise from outlets like NPR. The hard working road band's buzz continues to build with the late March release of its latest album "27 Ways" - think a heavier (at times) Band of Horses with a keen sense of harmony and hooks.

Holly Golightly/Dexter Romweber Duo
Saturday  10 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $10,
Given their separate histories with tastemaker Jack White - she appeared on the White Stripes’ “Elephant” while White has namedropped the NC guitarist and his old band Flat Duo Jets for years - it’s about time the Brit-garage rocker turned rural Georgia transplant joined the revered rockabilly vets. The latter duo celebrates the new disc “Images 13.”

Ben Taylor
Tuesday  8 p.m., Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., $18-$20,
The handsomely scruffy singer-songwriter son of James Taylor and Carly Simon makes gentle, quiet folk-pop with a voice and delivery similar to his dad’s, but infuses it with his own humor and perspective. He’ll reveal new music from an upcoming album tentatively scheduled for August release.

Ben Sollee
Wednesday  7:30 p.m., Stage Door Theater, 130 N. Tryon St., $15,
From Ditch the Van bicycle tours to donating his performance guarantee to a WV community ravaged by fire to scoring a Charlotte ballet, the singer-songwriter and cellist makes stirring music that reflects the beauty and thoughtfulness evident in his everyday life.

Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Wednesday  9 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $16-$18,
Charlotte’s being treated to classic New Orleans’ brass for the second month in a row with another French Quarter institution’s return as the be-bop and funk-infused, 36-year-old DDBB, who - like neighbors the Preservation Hall Jazz Band - has spent recent years enjoying an ultra-cool resurgence and working with hip artists from disparate genres.

Thursday  9 p.m., Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St., $15,
The 23-year-old electro-funk, sax-slinging producer (aka Grant Kwiecinski) spikes his original modern soul tracks and remixes (like his recent retooling of Lettuce’s “Slipping into Darkness”) with old school funk, jazz, and hip-hop for a fresh and exciting sounds that mines the best of old and new.