Thursday, May 21, 2015

This week's hot concerts

Friday  6 p.m., Fountain Plaza, NC Music Factory, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $8,
In its third week the Music Factory’s annual Friday Live! concert series features the return of the alternative pop-rock and roots purveyors behind alt-rock staples “Low” and “Teen Angst.” Charlotte sextet Temperance League opens the show with cranked up garage rock that channels decades worth of early rock n’ roll.

Lyfe Jennings
Friday  8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $25,
With the new single and video “Pretty Is” from his forthcoming album “Tree of Lyfe,” the Atlanta-based R&B singer-songwriter updates the “Flashdance” story boosting a struggling dancer’s confidence with positive messages of self-reliance and independence. He calls the album his most personal to date.

The Slackers
Friday  9 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $15,   
Just a year shy of its 25th anniversary the NYC ska, rock steady, and reggae-tinged sextet may deliver nostalgia for those that discovered its impactful sound during the `90s ska wave, but horn-fueled, but the prolific band is working on new material due for release next fall while prepping reissues of a handful of past albums.

Snug 600
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday  10, 10 and 7 p.m., respectively, 1228 Gordon St., $5,  
The annual indie alternative to Speed Street includes performances from the Poontanglers, Viajando, No Anger Control, and Gore Gore Luchadores Friday, Jesse Clasen (formerly of HRVRD), Spirit System, the Nude Party, and 1970s Film Stock Saturday, and Paint Fumes, It’s Snakes, Wahyas, Banda Suki, and No Mi Toques Sunday.

USNWC Memorial Day Celebration
Sunday  4 p.m, US National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy, Free,       
The free concert follows the morning trail race and cornhole tournament with roots, jam, and bluegrass acts the Packway Handle Band kicking things off at 4 p.m. followed by Big Daddy Love at 6 p.m. and the Infamous Stringdusters at 8 p.m. before the closing fireworks.

Monday  10 p.m., Snug Harbor 1228 Gordon St., $5,  
Rapper Blueprint’s new “King No Crown” album pushes forward thinking but accessible production, socially conscious lyrics, and an ability to twist words with multiple meanings. He’s paired with Charlotte’s Supastition, who after brief self-imposed retirement turns his working class reality as a husband, father and musician into relatable lyrical fodder.  

Tech N9ne
Wednesday  8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory, $30.58,  
The don of Kansas City hip-hop, the hard-touring emcee and prolific businessman has created a lucrative empire as an independent artist and label owner, while pushing fellow artists like Krizz Kaliko, Murs, Chris Webby, King 810, Zuse, and Iconoclast Crew, who share the bill.      

Purity Ring/Braids
Thursday  9 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $20-$23,
Two electronic combos with female vocals hailing from Edmonton, Alberta. Purity Ring wowed crowds with its stunning, yet simple visuals and ethereal yet propulsive tracks. On its third album, “Deep in the Iris,” opener Braids tackles slutshaming and abuse with feminist fury, crisp production and ethereal vocals that hint at Bjork and Kate Bush.