Thursday, July 31, 2014

This week's hot concerts

It Looks Sad
Friday  10 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $5, 
The Charlotte band celebrates the release of its self-titled EP, which Pitchfork began touting in April when it premiered the beautifully dark track “Radical.” The songs cut a decades long swath between Explosions in the Sky and Echo and the Bunnymen with a link to Beach Fossils and post hardcore. Even at its most upbeat, it still sounds sad.

Triple C Summer Folk Festival
Saturday  4 p.m., Triple C Brewing Co., 2900 Griffith St., $15,
February’s Triple C folk fest was a sell-out fundraiser for cystic fibrosis, so it’s happening again. This time Durham’s Bombadil headlines with Asheville’s River Whyless fresh from Floydfest, and our own Sinners & Saints playing to benefit Drums for Cures while crowds imbibe in local craft beer. Food trucks will also be on site.

The Bacon Brothers
Saturday  7:30 p.m., McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St., $20-$66.50,  
While actors from similar cult TV hits are on the post-San Diego Comic Con convention circuit, “The Following’s” Kevin Bacon is spending his down time with Emmy winning film and TV composer brother Michael revisiting the folk rock band they formed two decades ago.

The Turnstiles
Saturday  9 p.m., Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave., $7,
This Charlotte country rock boasts the songwriting of singer Brad Thomas, whose honky-tonk anthems and rustic roots rock fit between Dwight Yoakam, the Replacements and Son Volt with traces to commercial country, cowpunk and alt-rock. The band celebrates the release of its new album “Souvenir Summer.”

Tuesday  8 p.m., Amos', 1423 S. Tryon St., $25-$30,
British singer-songwriter Michael Rosenberg (who uses his old band's name) is enjoying his biggest release yet with the critically acclaimed album "Whispers," which peaked at No. 1 on Billboard's folk chart and features opening acts Stu Larsen and Once. His star continues to rise with an upcoming "Today Show" appearance, so catch him in a club while you can.

Quincy Mumford & the Reason Why
Tuesday  8:30 p.m., Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave., $8-$10,
Don’t let the last name fool you. This is not a Mumford & Sons solo spin-off. The 22-year-old New Jersey songwriter makes laid back, reggae and funk-fueled adult pop-rock (think Jason Mraz or John Mayer) that’s fully realized on his fifth album “It’s Only Change,” which features intricately layered arrangements and an eclectic pallet.

Miley Cyrus/Lily Allen
Wednesday  7 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St., $28.35-$108.08,  
Four months after abruptly cancelling her April show, Cyrus’ controversy-courting has slowed. Charlotte gets a bonus the second time around with the addition of UK tabloid darling Lily Allen, whose smart, feminist, humorous take on pop and pop culture is a good match for tongue-way-out-of-cheek Miley.

Rodrigo y Gabriela
Wednesday  8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $40.23,  
On its new album “9 Dead Alive,” which celebrates lost musicians and loved ones, the renowned Mexican guitar virtuoso duo taps the hard rock and metal influences that made its flowery, intricate picking and acoustic Latin-flavored interpretations of songs by Led Zeppelin and Metallica such a curiosity when it debuted internationally in 2006.

Soundgarden/Nine Inch Nails
Thursday  8 p.m., PNC Music Pavilion, 707 Pavilion Blvd., $38.50-$117.30,
After making up for his band’s weather-related cancellation during 2013’s Carolina Rebellion with a 3-plus hour career spanning, surprise cover and guest-filled solo set last November, Chris Cornell is back for the 20th anniversary of “Superunknown” with fellow `90s alt-rock god, Trent Reznor - the man who launched a million bumper stickers. With Dillinger Escape Plan.

Rich Robinson
Thursday  8 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $18,
The Black Crows are flying solo this summer, but both Robinson brothers will grace Charlotte stages within the next month. The younger soul sibling takes center stage following the release of his impressive third solo album, “The Ceaseless Sight,” which showcases not only his bluesy fretwork but his strength as a singer.

Black Cat Attack
Thursday  8 p.m., The Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd., $5-$7, 
The Ontario outfit juxtaposes shouted male vocals and sultrier, sassier female singing, breakneck tempos and flashy guitar work, but on its new album “Bright Side of the Moon” it adds a Gwar-like space-war concept to established B-movie horror punk themes.