Friday, May 2, 2014

This week's super-sized hot concerts

Marty Stuart & the Superlatives
Friday  8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $32,
The snappy dressing, rock n’ roll coiffed, progressive country-rock and honky-tonk legend returns to NoDa with his crack team of equally well-dressed players, which includes Exile singer/guitarist Paul Martin, sought after session man Harry Stinson, and youthful guitar whiz Kenny Vaughan.

The Lox
Friday  9 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $40/$70 VIP,
After emerging as guests on P. Diddy’s “It’s All About the Benjamins” and Mariah Carey’s “Honey” in the late `90s the Yonkers rap trio went platinum, but a lengthy fight with its label kept Jadakiss, Styles P, and Sheek Louch from releasing much group material. With 13 years between releases its back with the digital “Trinity” EP.
Cathie Ryan Trio
Saturday  7:30 p.m., Jim Rivers Fellowship Hall at Wedgewood Church, 4800 Wedgewood Dr., $20,
The Detroit-raised, award-winning Irish-American singer has long bridged traditional Celtic and American music as a member of Cherish the Ladies in the late `80s/early `90s and as a solo artist with a crystal clear voice and captivating, sometimes funny, stage presence.

Saturday  8 p.m., Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave., $12-$14,
As a precursor to Torche (guitarist Steve Brooks), Dove and House of Lightning (both with drummer Henry Wilson), the reunion and this week’s release of “Oblation” - its first newly recorded music since splitting in 2003 - is a buzzed about event for fans of the influential underground, heavy Miami stoner band.

The Whigs
Saturday  8:30 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $14-$16,
The excellent Athens-birthed Nashville transplant is back with its fifth album, “Modern Creation” - a record full of stormy mid-tempo guitar rock that doesn’t try to hit you over the head immediately but grows on you with grinding guitars and methodical tempos while capturing the trio’s aggressive live charm.

Hall & Oates
Sudnay  7:30 p.m., Uptown Amphitheatre, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $40-$102.70,
Fresh from its Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame induction Hall, who hosts the highly successful “Live From Daryl’s House” series, and Oates, who has focused on a solo career and eclectic collaborations, revisit the influential string of soul-pop hits that made the duo a household name.

Tony Furtado
Sunday  9 p.m., Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave., $10-$12,
Although originally reared in music as a prize-winning banjo prodigy, the slide guitarist, vocalist and band leader has spent the last 22 years heading toward a more eclectic sound that - while never straying far from traditional roots - delves into darker blues and Americana with brushes of folk-pop and world music.
Cher/Cyndi Lauper
Monday  7:30 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St., $36.90-$124.30,
Twelve years after embarking on her last farewell tour the 67-year-old pop culture legend returns for a show high on hits and glitz. She’s accompanied by Lauper - last headlining here in November - who has been taking a nostalgic look back at her own seminal 31-year-old debut.

Monday  10 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., Free at door/$10 VIP advance,
Monday’s weekly Knocturnal series continues to showcase national, cutting edge indie rap acts with Ohio emcee Blueprint headlining this week’s bill with labelmate Count Bass D. and Dirty Art Club. Blueprint is fresh off the release of his soul-sampling, old school homage “Respect the Architect.” 

Foster the People
Monday  8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $50,
The “Pumped Up Kicks” trio blew past speculations of a sophomore slump with the March release of “Supermodel” - the follow-up to its gold, Grammy nominated 2011 debut “Torches” - and a buzzed about Coachella Festival set as well as near sell-outs like this one.
Tuesday  9 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $20-$22,
A favorite of taste making indie-rockers and record store clerks in the `90s, this Scottish shoegazing post-rock quartet and longtime UK chart topper makes an anticipated return to the states following the four-star grabbing new album “Rave Tapes” and its most extensive North American tour to date.

Gaslight Anthem/Cory Branan
Wednesday  8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $20-$25,
Having just completed recording its up-coming album in Nashville, the blue-collar New Jersey rock outfit is hitting the road to revisit fan favorites and past hits before unleashing a record that frontman Brian Fallon calls the band’s “next evolution.” With buzzing country-folk songwriter Branan.
Sandi Thom
Wednesday  8 p.m., Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St., $40,
The viral success of her out-of-nowhere 2006 UK hit “I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker” was so sudden it nearly eclipsed the Scottish singer-songwriter’s other work. On her Rich Robinson-produced fourth album she exhibits an astounding way with blues and R&B as a  songwriter and interpreter. With covers she even makes “November Rain” and “Hurt” her own.

Earl Sweatshirt
Thursday  7:30 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $20-$25,
Barely out of his teens (he turned 20 in February) this California emcee has already collaborated with Frank Ocean, Tyler the Creator and other Odd Future label mates and last year released the critically acclaimed chart climbing major label debut, “Doris” - making him a hip-hop hot ticket.
Ledisi/Robert Glasper Experiment
Thursday  8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $44.50,
The oft Grammy nominated R&B singer (who’ll play Mahalia Jackson in the MLK movie “Selma), flirts with classic `80s soul and dance music and poppy R&B on her new album “Truth.” She’s joined by pianist and sometime collaborator Glasper (with who she shared a recent Grammy nod)  who approaches jazz through hip-hop and funk filters.
Bleeding Rainbow
Thursday  9 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $5,
Under a haze of guitar fuzz with boy/girl vocals ranging from angst-ridden to delicate and pretty, this Philadelphia trio takes the juxtaposed distortion and beauty of My Bloody Valentine and drums up a new version of the `90s indie-rock of bands like Superchunk, Swirlies, and Rainer Maria on its new album “Interrupt.”