Friday, March 13, 2015

This week's hot concerts

Something Clever
Friday  6:30 p.m., Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave., $8-$10,  
The Charlotte-based metallic hard rock band celebrates the release of “Season of Darkness.” The album creates a melodic metal assault with thick riffs and intricate fretwork, crisp basslines, pummeling tempos and vocal dynamics. The anthem “Best Laid Plans” would be a perfect score for a WWE or UFC promo.

Friday  7:30 p.m., Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Ave., Free,
The NC new grass outfit, whose 2013 album title “Dark Holler Pop” is an apt description as any of the band’s fresh take on roots music, brings youthful, spirited, but still tradition-based, modern bluegrass to the Charlotte Folk Society’s monthly free concert series.

J. Roddy Walston & the Business/Moon Taxi/Jessica Hernandez
Friday  8 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $13-$15,  
The long buzzed about Southern rock outfit is enjoying sell out concerts and long awaited popularity following 2013’s “Essential Tremors,” which was boosted by “Sweat Shock’s” inclusion in a Coors Light commercial last fall. Nashville’s Moon Taxi and soul/blues-rock singer Hernandez make for an impressive lineup.

Andy Grammer/Alex & Sierra
Friday  8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $27.51,
The acoustic pop singer-songwriter behind 2011’s “Keep Your Head Up” continues making positive pop songs like his latest ode to fidelity on the road “Honey, I’m Good.” He’s joined by 2013 “X Factor” winners Alex & Sierra, who first charmed Simon Cowell with their unique take on Britney Spears’ “Toxic.”

Adventure Club
Friday  8 p.m., Label, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., $30/$45-$100 VIP,  
Crafting a dynamic mix of the abrasive and accessible by blending dizzying dubstep, gentler electropop, and dancefloor atmospherics often with the aid of delicate guest vocals, the Canadian production duo is making a name for itself in dance music.

Pat Green/Hudson Moore
Friday  11 p.m., Coyote Joe’s, 4621 Wilkinson Blvd., $15-$18,  
With the single “Girls From Texas” (with Lyle Lovett) from his forthcoming album, country singer Pat Green returns to his independent Texas roots and in doing so brings 24 year old Ft. Worth songwriter Moore on the road. Like Green, the rising country singer bridges Nashville gloss and red dirt grit.

Green River Revival
Saturday  1 p.m., US National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy,  
The US National Whitewater Center’s fifth annual St. Patrick’s Day 5K run is followed by an afternoon concert featuring Charlotte’s Matrimony and Durham’s quirky roots-pop combo Bombadil, who announce the departure of multi-instrumentalist Stuart Robinson just weeks before the March 24 release of its new album “Hold On.”

Anthony D’Amato/Liz Longley
Saturday  8 p.m., Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., $12-$15,  
D’Amato is one of the most gifted folk-rock singer-songwriters to come along since Josh Ritter with whom he shares a literary Dylanesque quality. He recorded his acclaimed “The Shipwreck from the Shore” with members of Megafaun and Bon Iver and Ritter’s bands and joins Longley as she celebrates the release of her new self-titled album.

Sarah McLachlan
Tuesday  8 p.m., Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd., $55.27-$99.18,
Not since Lilith Fair has the Canadian songstress best known for her beloved `90s albums, gut wrenching ASPCA commercials, and the dormant femme-fest, graced a Charlotte stage. Her “Shine On Tour” boasts over 2 hours of career-spanning songs, so it should please old and new fans.

Steve Aoki
Thursday  8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $48.41,  
The Grammy nominated DJ and Dim Mak Records founder’s latest live production - the Neon Future Experience, which follows the September release of his latest all-star album - boasts custom built LED cubes with mirrored panels that mimic much larger festival sets and create visual depth to reflect the pumping electro-pop soundtrack.