Thursday, April 17, 2014

This week's hot concerts

Friday  8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $26.50,
The Boston dance-pop duo enjoyed an early career bump with viral covers and its own YouTube hits, but it’s been a rocky road to release its debut full-length, “Pulses” (which “Rolling Stone,” who already put them on the cover, panned). With the record out it’s on the second leg of the PulsesTour.

L.A. Guns
Friday  8 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $14-$18,
With founder Tracii Guns’ competing version of the glam-metal veteran disbanded, singer Phil Lewis and drummer Steve Riley’s entry remains the last (L.A.) Gun standing. Since Lewis was the voice on the hit-filled “Cocked and Loaded,” most fans consider this the preferable win.

Bruce Springsteen & The E. Street Band
Saturday  7:30 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St., $55.45-$141.56,
Fresh from his legendary band’s induction into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame, the Boss returns for a likely marathon, off-the-cuff set that, while no doubt including favorites and material from his latest “High Hopes,” should also offer up some surprises like his cover of the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive.”

Chick Corea
Saturday  8 p.m., Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St., $19.50-$59.50,
From his early days playing forward thinking Latin funk with Return to Forever to more recent Grammy winning collaborations with Bela Fleck and John McLaughlin to children’s music, the jazz piano legend has proven he can do it all. His next project is a solo album tied to his current solo piano world tour.

Motel Glory
Saturday  9 p.m., The Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd., $5-$7,
This twangy local quartet puts the “rock” in Rock Hill with infectious, messy, raw toe-tappers that sound birthed in a garage that’s seen its share of Ramones and Replacements’ posters peeling off the walls, but with a distinct Southern country-punk streak.

Local Natives
Saturday  9 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $33,
Following its recent run opening for Kings of Leon and before getting wrapped up in festivals all summer, one of 2013’s biggest buzz bands and certainly one of Sirius/XMU’s most played, gets a stretch of headlining dates to further showcase its dreamy harmonies and psychedelic indie-pop. (If you're a dog lover, this video is super, by the way). 

Of Sinking Ships/Bask/Tusker 
Saturday  10 p.m. Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $5,
Consider this a loose Hopesfall reunion with former guitarists/bassists Chad Waldrup and Mike Tyson piloting two acts. Ships is Waldrup’s instrumental trio - which strikes a balance between emo and Explosions in the Sky - with Tim Cossor (HRVRD) and Ethan Ricks (Matrimony), while Tyson provides bass for Winston-Salem’s boogieing hard-rock outfit Tusker.

Tuesday  8 p.m., Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave., $25-$28,
After years underground the veteran indie rapper has built a million dollar hip-hop empire on his own terms and given Jay-Z competition on the charts. Aside from star collabos and a roster that’s added dexterous emcees like Murs of late, he’s branded his Strange Music label as a go-to hub for quality like the artists supporting him on tour and his next album (out in May).

Wednesday  7:30 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $37.50,
On the trio’s new album “La Gargola” the Loeffler brothers and brother-in-law bassist Dean Bernardini tap Ministry’s early industrial metal and classic psychological horror films like “Rosemary’s Baby” for inspiration. The results are heavier, dark, and more metal than in the past. Middle Class Rut and Nothing More open the show.

The Coathangers
Wednesday  9 p.m., The Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd., $10,
The Atlanta garage rock girls club carries the riot grrrl torch and like the Sleater-Kinneys that came two decades before them, the trio gets better, smarter, thematically heavier, more musical, and hookier with age without sacrificing the fun, party vibe of its shows. It's fourth album, "Suck My Shirt," was released in March.

Gardens & Villas/Tycho
Thursday  8 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $15-$17,  
The Santa Barbara quintet’s Facebook description labels its music “galactic fever,” but its electro dream pop cuts a swatch between `80s soundtrack, shoegazer, and Depeche Mode and modern indie rock that manages to cast moody shadows against blindingly sunny songs. San Francisco trio Tycho, who headlines, offers swimming guitars in futuristic atmospheres.