Thursday, August 21, 2014

This week's hot concerts

Kate Tucker & the Sons of Sweden
Friday  8 p.m., Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., $10-$15,
With likeminded peers, this dreamy rock outfit is changing the sound of Nashville with a multimedia Kickstarter campaign for its new album “The Shape the Color the Feel” and a sound that’s Interpol-meets-Sundays or Cardigans with shoegazer guitars so fluid they sound like they’re underwater. With Christy Snow.

The Fresh Beat Band
Saturday  3 p.m., Carowinds Palladium, 14523 Carowinds Blvd., $44.07-$60.02,
Preschool parents could do worse than this peppy fictional band from the Nick Jr. series that’s built on positive pop music and hits on everything from country-western to Bollywood to hip-hop - the latter thanks in part to the group’s comedic secret weapon Twist (actor Jon Beavers, who shows up in the “Gotham” pilot).

Beat ALS Fundraiser
Saturday  4:30 p.m., Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St., $10-$12,
When organizer Christine Strzepek’s music fan mother Elaine Goslee died from ALS in 2013, her daughter created this annual event to raise and awareness for the cause. Acts include Trial By Fire (the Journey tribute), Ghost Pilot, Beyond the Fade, Butterfly Corpse, Fiftywatt Freight Train, Sidewalk Picasso, Fuse Band, Small Talk Assassin and Dust ‘n D Attic. Food trucks will be on hand.

Avery Sunshine/Kindred the Family Soul
Saturday  8 p.m., McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St., $32.50-$39.50,  
There’s something refreshing yet familiar about soul singer Avery Sunshine, whose  sophomore album recalls classic soul greats and `80s R&B with a touch of jazz. The Atlanta duo (with guitarist/vocalist Big Dane Johnson) joins another equally accomplished pair in married duo Kindred.

Lil Debbie
Tuesday  9 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $12-$15,
The polarizing California rapper best known for her work with Kreayshawn in the female trio White Girl Mob and later with Houston rapper RiFF RaFF is clocking YouTube hits into the millions for her minimalist hip-hop while claiming to the press that Miley stole her schtick.

Jews & Catholics
Sunday  9 p.m., The Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd., $5-$7,  
If you’re hungry for the golden age of alt-rock (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur, Jr.) this Winston-Salem trio, who makes its Charlotte debut with new drummer Jay King, stirs up fuzzy, dissonant, unpredictable indie-rock that’s not afraid of a hook. Expect new material from next year’s 10th anniversary release. With Spirit System and Dinner Rabbits.

Blossoms/Andy the Doorbum
Wednesday  10 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., Free,
The Charlotte indie-rock quartet, which sounds like a melancholy dream pop outfit filtered through a wall of aluminum mesh - beautiful, but uncomfortable -  finishes out its month-long residency with Charlotte’s own performance art guru, whose unprecedented June album release show made jaws drop. With the MoBros and DJ Cody.

Alien Ant Farm
Thursday  7:30 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $15-$18,  
Best known for tongue-in-cheek videos and 2001’s refreshing spin on Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal,” the California quartet returns with the ANTarchy in the USA tour and a long-awaited, new PledgeMusic-funded album, “Always and Forever,” arriving later this year. 

Yonder Mountain String Band
Thursday  8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $28.94,  
Even if fans of the Colorado, progressive bluegrass combo aren’t in Charlotte to witness the improvisational noodling and nimble picking, they can stream the band’s set at the Fillmore as part of LiveNation and Yahoo’s streaming concert series - one of 365 aired on Yahoo Screen’s LiveNation Channel this year.