Thursday, October 2, 2014

This week's hot concerts

St. Lucia
Friday  8 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $16-$18,  
There’s something charmingly dreamy about the Brooklyn synth-pop project from South African-born Jean-Philip Grobler. Songs like the modest hit “Elevate” ring with optimism and melodies and vocals reminiscent of those `80s radio wonders whose names you can’t remember, but whose songs you can’t forget.

Ian Anderson
Friday  8 p.m., Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St., $54.50-$99.50,
The Jethro Tull frontman and flautist performs the best of Tull with his new band as well as material from his new album “Homo Erraticus,” which continues the ongoing story of the fictional character Gerald Bostock who first appeared on Jethro Tull’s 1972 album “Thick as a Brick.”

Lee Fields & the Expressions
Saturday  9 p.m., Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave., $15-$18,  
The Wilson, NC-raised soul veteran’s career has been on an upswing since teaming with Truth & Soul Records and releasing some of the grittiest, most authentic old school soul out there. His latest is the stellar “Emma Jean” and his live shows - a throwback to the classic shows of the `70s - aren’t to be missed.

David Childers & the Serpents of Reformation
Saturday  10 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $5,
The revered Mount Holly singer-songwriter and band leader’s latest album “Serpents of Reformation” and first solo record on Ramseur Records in over a decade, is a haunting blues and gospel record that’s got son Robert Childers’ and co-engineer Neal Harper’s (2013 Wolves) prints all over it. It’s like Blind Willie Johnson meets Johnny Cash.

White Violet
Sunday  10:30 p.m., Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., $5-$7,  
The Southern atmospheric pop quartet teamed with engineer Scott Solter (Superchunk, the Mountain Goast) in Kernersville for its just-released, fittingly titled album “Stay Lost.” More of a band effort than its predecessor “Stay Lost” cranks the tempos while marrying tinkling shoegazer guitar, happy hooks and Southern gothic psychedelia.

Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer
Sunday  7 p.m., Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St., $29.50-$49.50,  
The Nickel Creek/Punch Brothers’ mandolin virtuoso joins the upright bass’ elder statesmen for the simply titled collaborative album “Bass & Mandolin,” which intertwines their deft instrumentalism through ever adventurous classical and roots music.

mewithoutYou/Appleseed Cast
Monday  7:30 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $15-$18,  
Before releasing its sixth album in 2015, the talky Philadelphia group takes a look back for the tenth anniversary of its breakthrough album “Catch For us the Foxes.” Its paired with long running combo Appleseed Cast, whose dynamics-driven post-rock is pretty much the definition of emo.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Tuesday  7:30 p.m., Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St., $20-$84.50,
Consisting of some of the world’s best known jazz soloists, the big band led by musical director Marsalis hits on compositions by jazz greats like Mingus, Ellington, and Coltrane as well as originals from Marsalis, Ted Nash, and other JLCO members.

Taking Back Sunday
Wednesday  6:45 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $38.23,
Fifteen years in, the returning original “Tell All Your Friends” lineup (which is partly based in Charlotte) released its second album since reforming earlier this year. The album, “Happiness Is,” manages to be both sonically and lyrically mature while still laying on the hooks and sing-along harmonies for the emo and punk kids.

Isaiah Rashad
Thursday  8 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $20-$25,
This Chattanooga rapper may be hip-hop’s next big thing given that he’s signed with the same folks behind Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q, his status on XXL’s current Freshman Class, and 2014’s “Cilvia Demo” EP cracking Billboard 200’s Top 40.

Rebecca Loebe
Thursday  8 p.m., Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., $8-$10, 
The sweet-voiced singer-songwriter who radiated kindness and warmth as a contestant on the first season of NBC’s “The Voice” hasn’t rested since her short run on Team Adam. She’s toured Japan and Europe and has continued to build an acclaimed folk-pop career.