Thursday, November 6, 2014

This week's hot concerts

Rachael Yamagata
Friday  8 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $18,  
Having nearly funded her upcoming 2015 album via PledgeMusic ( the singer-songwriter celebrates the 10th anniversary of her first album “Happenstance” and reveals new material reminiscent of Mazzy Star and Cat Power.

Sturgill Simpson
Friday  9 p.m., Chop Shop, 399 E. 36th St., Sold Out, 
The former leader of Sunday Valley has drawn widespread acclaim for his sophomore album, “Metamodern Sounds in Country Music” and its ode-to-psychedelics first single “Turtles All the Way Down,” but even more is his trippy, dead-on rendering of `70s outlaw country delivered with a deep Waylon Jennings-style baritone and lyrical depth.

Chrissie Hynde
Saturday  8 p.m., Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd., $53.82-$93.08,
It may come as a surprise that at 63 the Pretenders frontwoman is just now getting around to her first solo album, but the resulting “Stockholm” - recorded with Peter, Bjorn and John’s Bjorn Yttling and featuring Neil Young and John McEnroe - is a smart, hip modern rock collection worthy of her past work. 

Saturday  8 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $20-$23,  
Twenty-five years since “Seventeen” rocketed up the charts thanks to a hummable pop-metal hook and good looking frontman, Winger remains an impressive hard rock act that proves its mettle on the new album, “Better Days Comin’.” It’s garnered critical praise for its consistency and composition and charted not far from the last slot it occupied in 1993.

Reverend Horton Heat
Saturday  8:30 p.m., Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave., $20-$25,
Released earlier this year, the simply titled “REV” marks a return to form after a few stylistic segues for the smoking guitar trio who carved out a niche in the `90s with ripping psychobilly and an evangelical frontman that proudly sung of hot rods, hot broads, and other wild and fantastic rock n’ roll traditions.

Carbon Leaf
Saturday  9 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 35th St., $16-$20,
A regional fixture sprouted from the same Virginian waters as Dave Matthews and Pat McGee, this Richmond-based act continues to marry Celtic-flavored pop with roots rock bite 23 years later. It recently released a rerecording of its 2004 breakthrough as “Indian Summer Revisited.”

Brief Lives
Saturday  10 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $5,  
Before returning with his other band Valient Thorr in December, intergalactic rock n’ roller (and Lincolnton native) Valient Himself leads the Richmond-based post hardcore punk quartet who weave Van Halen-esque guitar, methodical riffing, and math rock on its new limited four-track cassette(!) release (that’s also available as a Bandcamp download).

Buddy Guy
Sunday  7 p.m., Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St., $34.50-$54.50/$64.50 VIP,  
At age 78 - along with B.B. King - the influential Chicago blues guitarist and live showman is one of the of the last of the blues giants left touring. The guitar great’s shows remain one of the more fun live experiences out there proving age hasn’t slowed him down as a player or mellowed his charisma.

DJ QBert
Thursday  9 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 35th St., $15-$35,  
The groundbreaking DJ who helped make scratching an artform released two albums (a double album of sorts) this summer, the otherworldly “Extraterrestria” and “GalaXXXian” as the long, long-awaited follow-up to 1999’s “Wave Twisters.” He brings the Extraterrestrium: The Guided Space Tour to town with Jeremy Ellis.