Thursday, May 8, 2014

This week's hot concerts

Of Montreal
Friday  8 p.m., Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St., $18-$20,
Fans never know what theatrical statements and unusual imagery they’ll be treated to at one of the Athens’ band’s shows, but the experimental indie group’s colorful stage show is like an “Adventure Time” episode with a quirky rock soundtrack.

Friday  8 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $10,
The Clover roots rock trio’s rousing debut album, “Might Could” - where honky tonk and doo-woop meet the energy of the Ramones - is enjoying national buzz and garnering positive reviews. Come see what all the fuss is about. With Pullman Strike and Possum Jenkins.

Langhorne Slim/Deer Tick
Saturday  8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $27,
From his days opening for the Avetts to last year’s killer Fillmore show with Charlotte’s Matrimony, Slim’s long been a live force who is finally getting the attention he deserves. Deer Tick is no stranger to buzz as well, making for a stellar Americana bill.

Winery Dogs
Saturday  9 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $25-$35,
“That Metal Show” viewers are familiar with this oft-discussed super group featuring Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, Mr. Big/David Lee Roth bassist Billy Sheehan, and guitarist Richie Kotzen (Poison, Mr. Big), who have all been featured guests and players on the VH1 series.

Beenie Man
Saturday  11 p.m., Chop Shop, 399 E. 36th St., $35-$40/$50-$60 VIP,
The Grammy winning self-proclaimed “dancehall king’s” beefs, controversial lyrics, and conflicting comments have often overshadowed his work, but collaborations with No Doubt and Janet Jackson and his own numerous hits have made the Jamaican artist an international star.

Leopold & His Fiction
Sunday  9 p.m., Double Door Inn, 1218 Charlottetown Ave., $10,
With a frontman who looks like a silent film Freddie Mercury, howls like Jack White, and holds a crowd like a rock n’ roll evangelist, this combo stole the spotlight from well known artists at SXSW. It’s also the latest act to catch the attention of Concord’s Dolph Ramseur, who now manages the group.

Blitzen Trapper
Tuesday  7:30 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $18-$20,
The Portland `70s folk-rock throwback returns to Charlotte thanks to a slot on the excellent Shaky Knees Festival bill in Atlanta this weekend. Its latest album “VII” injects a hefty dose of funk and soul in to its twangy country-rock vibe.

Shonna Tucker & Eye Candy
Wednesday  9 p.m., Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave., $10,
The former Drive-By Truckers bassist revealed her songwriting and voice on later Truckers’ records. Backed by Athens’ players like fellow former DBT member John Neff, she’s created an eclectic debut - “A Tell All” - which drifts from roots-rock stompers to Jenny Lewis-style folk-pop.

+++/Sleeper Agent/Wild Cub/Nostalghia
Thursday  7:30 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $14.65,
Chino Moreno’s (of Deftones) heavy gloom rock trio Crosses is the big draw, but 106.5 The End's New Music Revolution bill is stacked with up and coming bouncy dance pop (Kentucky’s Sleeper Agent and Nashville’s Wild Cub) while opening act Nostalghia takes the best of Kate Bush, Rasputina, Curve and Bjork and creates something entirely fresh.

Lacuna Coil
Thursday  7:30 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $15-$20,
The female-fronted, theatrical Italian metal combo finally headlines Charlotte following the April release of its seventh album, “Broken Crown Halo,” which balances its catchy pop metal and heavier fare. Imagine a younger Famke Jannsen fronting a sultry metal band with a `90s version of French actor Jean Hughes Anglade.