Thursday, December 11, 2014

This week's hot concerts

Circa Survive
Friday  7:30 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $20-$23,
Following the release of its well-received fifth album, “Descensus,” and one of the most disturbing music videos of the year (watch the clip for “Schema” where singer Anthony Green boxes an overgrown baby), the Pennsylvania quintet delivers its angsty, atmospheric and expansive metallic emocore. With Title Fight, Tera Melos, and Pianos Become the Teeth.

Black Keys/St. Vincent
Friday  8 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena, 333. E. Trade St., $48.25-$91.95,   It’s been a good year for both former underground artists. The Black Keys were nominated for three Grammys (rock album, song and performance) for this year’s “Turn Blue,” while opening act Annie Clark is up for Best Alternative Rock album for the self-titled record that Entertainment Weekly just named album of the year.

Wink Keziah’s Christmas Bash
Friday  9 p.m., Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave., $8,
The storytelling songwriter and Charlotte bred band leader celebrated the release of his third album “Cowbilly” earlier this year. Although he divides his time between Charlotte and Austin, he’s back for a honky tonkin’ holiday with Kevin Marshall and the J-Walkers and Kelly Mullen.

Friday  9 p.m., Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St., $12-$15,   
With the recent release of its third album, the hard touring improvisation-centered jam band returns mixing keyboard-laden funk, jam rock style, spacy psychedelics and a trippy laser light show. Experimental funk rock tour mates Tauk make heavier, progressive jam rock that’s equally grand and spacy in scope.

Me Myself & I Fest
Friday  10 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $3, 
This annual celebration of one man bands features frisky founder Your Fuzzy Friends,  Plaza Midwood staple Bo White going solo without his Orquesta, Hectorina frontman Dylan Gilbert, regular area attraction Human Pippi Armstrong (aka Nathan Hemphill), and Jared Draughon’s Must Be the Holy Ghost.

David Benoit Christmas
Saturday  8 p.m., Halton Arena, CPCC, 1206 Elizabeth Ave. $45-$70,
The award winning contemporary jazz pianist who inherited Vince Guaraldi’s spot creating music for later “Peanuts” specials, pays tribute to the composer and revisits the unforgettable songs from “A Charlie Brown Christmas” with students from Trinity Episcopal School. The show closes out the Carolina Jazz Concert series for 2014.

Saturday  9 p.m., Chop Shop, 399 E. 36th St., $25-$30, 
On the funky up-tempo numbers, blatant pop, and belted ballads of her new album “Strong as Glass,” the underrated R&B singer takes cues from the classic `80s and `90’s pop R&B of Janet, Whitney, and Mary J. without abandoning her unique voice and the quirky originality that’s made her one of contemporary soul’s more interesting artists.

Monday  7:30 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., Sold Out,  
It’s been well over a decade since WEND 106.5 brought Gavin Rossdale and company to town to headline the annual End of Summer Weenie Roast during its peak. The station’s tapped the grunge-era Brits again - this time to ring in the rock (and the season) at the annual Not So Acoustic Xmas concert with Airborne Toxic Event and Twin Atlantic.

Monday  8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $22-$25,  
Whether playing in Moscow or the deep South, this Mexican rock quartet’s potty mouthed messages of hip-hop, rock, punk and funk translates to a party starting good time that’s garnered it five Latin Grammys. With its 20th anniversary approaching next year, it’s here combining the holiday season and its first studio album in seven years on the “Agua Maldita Navidad Tour.”