Thursday, April 2, 2015

This week's hot concerts

Cassandra Wilson
Friday  8 p.m., Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St., $20-$59.50,
With the release of her tribute to Billie Holiday, “Coming Forth By Day,” days away (it’s out April 7 to commemorate Holiday’s 100th birthday), the renowned jazz singer brings Holiday’s music to the stage. The album features what may be the most eclectic cast on record - Wilson, Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Nick Zinner, T-Bone Burnett, string arranger Van Dyke Parks, and Nick Cave’s rhythm section as well as Wilson’s regular collaborators.

Delta Spirit
Saturday  9 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $17-$20,     
On its fourth album, “Into the Wide,” this Brooklyn transplant does a lot of things well. Reverb soaked guitars and grand production create a big, expansive sound, while singer and gifted lyricist Matt Vasquez’s twangy, fiery delivery can come off as Ryan Bingham leading Coldplay or a modern rock mashup of Neil Young and the Boss.

Daddy Issues
Friday  10 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $5-$7,
With breathy, feminine vocals, surf rock guitar, a retro girl group vibe and riot grrrl humor and lyrics, this Greensboro indie quartet may have ruled K Records if it had existed in the `90s. Instead we’ll settle for NC’s lo-fi answer to Dum Dum Girls with wicked, winking sass.

Bakalao Stars
Friday 10 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $10, 
Almost a year after releasing its third album, “Afro Dijiak,” long-running Splanglish rock purveyors continue to keep local Latin rock alive in Charlotte 13 years after getting its start. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a livelier live unit as the quintet charges through seamlessly intertwined reggae, ska, hip-hop and self-described tropical rock. 

Boney James
Saturday  8 p.m., Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St., $45-$70,  
The veteran jazz saxman, who started his career as a sideman for Morris Day, the Isleys, and Teena Marie, gets back to those mainstream pop and soul roots on the upcoming album “futuresoul” (out May 4). He took inspiration from youngsters like Ellie Goulding and Sam Smith and called on Mint Condition’s Stokley and Dwele to collaborate.

The Moms
Monday  9 p.m., The Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd., $5-$7,  
Delivering the irreverence of the Dead Boys or the Germs with the hook-laden excitement and pop appeal of early Weezer or Nerf Herder and a dark sense of humor and irony, this Jersey band make drunk-punk that’s much better than that self-coined description indicates. (Warning: A few choice words and dark adult humor in video).

Tuesday  8 p.m., Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave., $8-$10,   
This rising Pennsylvania psychedelic metal combo carries on the `70s rock tradition of Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, adds stoner rock riffs and the hip-shaking groove of blues-based rockers like Clutch and Maylene, and tops it with vocals that combine the howl of Chris Cornell and Dio and a fictional fantasy element that’s retro but refreshing.

Coal Chamber
Wednesay  7 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $33.58,  
Thirteen years after its last album, “Dark Days” and 12 since its breakup, the `90s nu-metal band - which returned to touring in 2011 and reunited with all the members of the old lineup in 2013 - will release “I.O.U. Nothing” in May. Fans can get a preview on this tour with Filter, Combichrist, American Head Charge, Saint Ridley and Daywrecker.

Jess Klein & Rod Picott
Thursday  8 p.m., Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., $8-$10,  
Hot on the heels of her new live album, “Bootleg,” acclaimed singer-songwriter Klein - whose voice blends the earthiness and grit of Lucinda Williams and Bonnie Raitt and the unique timbre of Susannah Hoffs - joins construction worker-turned-troubadour Picott - whose songs have been covered by writing vets like Fred Eaglesmith and Ray Wylie Hubbard - for a string of East Coast dates.