Thursday, October 9, 2014

This week's hot concerts

Megan Jean & the KFB
Friday  10 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $5,  
Halloween is the perfect time to catch this nomadic married couple who recently converted a cargo van into a “livable apartment” in order to spread their macabre but fun vaudevillian, gypsy folk-punk year-round. With theatrical songs populated by dancing skeletons, fortune tellers, and martians, they make fantasy poignant.

Chatham County Line
Friday  8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $17-$20,  
On its fittingly titled sixth studio album, “Tightrope,” the Raleigh quartet evolves further into the gray area of new acoustic, chamber rock, and folk-rock while never abandoning the traditional bluegrass anchors of banjo and mandolin that it built the band on over a decade ago.

USNWC Fall Finale
Saturday  4 p.m., US National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy, Free,
Following an obstacle trail race, the Whitewater Center closes its concert season with the recently reformed Canadian new grass band the Duhks who reunited with soul singer Jessee Havey (although original fiddler Tania Elizabeth is now touring with the Avetts). Bluesman Jamie McLean and fast rising Utah rock band Desert Noises also play.

Old 97s
Saturday  8 p.m., McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St., $26.28-$36.47,  
Ten albums in twenty years isn’t bad for a band whose frontman Rhett Miller has kept up a busy solo career. The country-rocker’s latest, “Most Messed Up,” is definitely more of a rocker charging ahead with loud guitars, punky furor, and balancing twang and distortion like the Replacements, whose Tommy Stinson makes a guest appearance.

Chase Rice
Saturday  8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $27.51,
On the heels of his first No. 1 album, “Ignite the Night,” the rising country star partly responsible for writing Florida Georgia Line’s hit “Cruise” returns to his old stomping grounds. The versatile Asheville-raised former University of NC linebacker and “Survivor: Nicuragua” runner-up also once worked at Hendrick Motor Sports.

Macy Gray
Sunday  9 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $27-$30,
The Grammy winning soul-pop singer released her eclectic eighth studio album, “The Way,” earlier this week. On it she delves into her existence as a single mother of three and spikes world blues-rock tunes like the single “Bang Bang” and the uplifting pop single “Hands” with bright energy and that signature raspy voice.

The Secret Sisters
Sunday  8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $15-$20,  
Those who arrived early for Chris Isaak’s show at Knight Theater last winter caught the sublime, simple harmonies and charming banter of Alabaman sisters Laura and Lydia Rogers. Their T-Bone Burnett-produced sophomore album, “Put Your Needle Down,” is still rooted in tradition, but finds the vocalists breaking out as songwriters too.

Marketa Irglova
Tuesday  8 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $20-$22,  
The actress and Oscar winning singer-songwriter (for “Once’s” “Falling Slowly”) hits town right after the musical version’s Charlotte run. She just released her second solo album, the ethereal “Muna” - a spiritual merger of folk, classical and world music built on layered vocal harmonies, European churches, and the search for self from within.

Nick Carter & Jordan Knight
Wednesday  8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $52.91,
Having previously collaborated on the NKOTBSB tour, the boy band favorites (34 and 44, respectively) teamed up earlier this year for the very grown-up “Nick & Knight” album and now pair those duets with solo material and their group’s biggest hits.

Wednesday  8:30 p.m., Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave., $18-$20,
With a new Cavalera Conspiracy album (“Pandemonium”) set for release in November, Max Cavalera is hitting the road for a short October run with his other longtime post-Sepultura band. His sons Zyon (who also plays with Soulfly) and Igor’s band Lody Kong again opens the show.