Thursday, June 4, 2015

This week's hot concerts

Shovels & Rope
Friday  6 p.m., NC Music Factory Fountain Plaza, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., $8
Having already sold out two Charlotte venues and opened for the Avett Brothers on New Year's Eve 2013, this Charleston-rooted husband and wife brings its boot stomping, harmony-driven folk to Friday Live! It may end up being the biggest attraction the early summer concert series' biggest draw yet.

William Fitzsimmons
Friday  8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $18, 
Few singer-songwriters have as interesting a backstory to draw on as this Illinois-based artist who is a soul stirring and intimate live performer. On his latest EP “Pittsburgh” the former mental health therapist was inspired by the loss of his grandmother and returning to his hometown.

Milo Greene
Friday  9 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $12-$15,  
Named for the fictional booking agent the band created to secure early gigs, the L.A. outfit started out writing soundtrack music. The songs on its new album “Control” are modern pop with a soulful electronic edge that you could, yes, imagine scoring a scene on The CW.

George Clinton
Friday  9 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $30-$35/$50 VIP, 
Following the 2014 release of Funkadelic’s latest album “First Ya Gotta Shake the Gate” and the publication of the Kannapolis-born father of funk’s memoir, the legendary Parliament Funkadelic returns for its annual Charlotte party.

Geto Boys
Monday  10 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $16-$18,
Willie D., Scarface, and Bushwick Bill present the Office Space Tour as a tribute to Mike Judge’s use of its music in the cult classic 1999 film. Knocturnal’s weekly hip-hop night offers a chance to see the controversial rap pioneers in a very setting before it starts work on a new album.

Wednesday  8 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $18-$20,  
The British psychedelic rock band was hailed as the next big thing early on by Noel Gallagher and Johnny Marr, and its 2014 debut album “Sun Structures” delivers on the hype with lush, orchestral, harmony dense rock n’ roll that recalls colorful `60s psych while injecting that with contemporary rock touches.

Third Eye Blind/Dashboard Confessional
Wednesday  7 p.m., Uptown Amphitheatre, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $27.50-$49.50,  
After four years spent touring solo acoustic, recording covers, and focusing on his folk-rock band Twin Forks, Chris Carrabba plugs in again with his beloved emo-rock band. The co-headlining tour precedes the release of Third Eye Blind’s new album “Dopamine,” which is out June 16.

Eternal Summers
Thursday  8 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $5,  
Roanoke, VA isn’t known for a happening indie-rock scene, but this trio's new album “Gold and Stone” could ignite one. The band's charming rock is awash in a haze of noisy yet dreamlike shoegazer distortion and delicate vocals that marry the beauty of early Lush with the lo-fi feel of Superchunk and the Softies.

Shakey Graves
Thursday  8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $17.50-$20, 
The proximity of Bonnaroo makes this a rich time of year for Charlotte fans of several genres. Alejandro Rose-Garcia (aka Shakey Graves), for instance, warms up for the festival with a stirring combination of gospel-infused folk, gritty blues, and inventive rock n’ soul.

Royal Blood
Thursday  9 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $17-$20, 
Since kicking off its first US tour at Tremont Music Hall last summer prior to the release of its self-titled debut, this UK duo has opened for Foo Fighters, won over crowds at Fuji Rock, Coachella, and Rock in Rio and won Best British Group at the Brit Awards. Not bad for a duo that combines sludgy hard rock riffs with the modern blues of the White Stripes.