Thursday, August 6, 2015

This week's hot concerts

Lady Antebellum
Friday  7:30 p.m., PNC Music Pavilion, 707 Pavilion Blvd., $30.75-$60.50,    
Country’s answer to Fleetwood Mac, minus the soapy backstage drama (we think), continues its six year reign at the top of the charts and the awards’ circuit. Hunter Hayes, who was inducted into his home state of Louisiana’s Music Hall of Fame at only 23, and writer-turned-top-selling pop country singer Sam Hunt are along for the ride.

Shaggy and Friends
Friday  10:30 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 35th St., $35-$55,  Twenty years after what could’ve been a one-hit wonder - the smash pop crossover “Boombastic” - the Grammy winning Jamaican-American reggae singer (who also gave us “Angel” and “It Wasn’t Me”) continues to juggle dance music, reggae, and pop. He headlines the Carolina Summer Jam. 

Miami Dice
Saturday  10 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $5, 
Originally an outlet for Cement Stars’ Shaun Olsen, this smooth electro soul-pop outfit flourished into a full band with Babyshaker’s Scott Weaver and fellow Cement Star Josh Foggart. The reinvigorated group had HRVRD’s Jesse Clasen remaster 2014’s “Premium Cut” and beefed it up with more tracks and remixes. The trio celebrates its rerelease. 

Incubus/Deftones/Death From Above 1979
Sunday  6:15 p.m., PNC Music Pavilion, 707 Pavilion Blvd., $33.85-$119.94,   Two acts who emerged during the rap rock and nu-metal-obsessed `90s, cut a swathe through those trends with consistency, invention and evolution. Death From Above, who are enjoying the biggest album of its career and hot, young L.A. brother duo Bots round out the strong rock lineup.

Sofia Talvik
Tuesday  10 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $5, 
Having spent a lot of time in recent years touring the US, the nomadic Swedish folk singer-songwriter takes more of a Americana approach on her latest album “Big Sky Country” with a voice that combines elements and phrasing of Joni Mitchell and Neko Case and textured instrumentation that paints a broader picture than the word “folk" implies.

J. Cole
Wednesday  6:30 p.m., PNC Music Pavilion, 707 Pavilion Blvd., $39-$100.40,  
NC’s Cole brings a relatable level of intimacy to his latest album, “2014 Forest Hills Drive,” recounting how he adapted to changes and struggles, leaving NC for NYC and growing up in the house that gives the album and tour with Big Sean, YG, and Jeremih its name. He also repurchased that old house and transformed it into a home for single moms.

Good Old War
Wednesday  8 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $15-$18,     
The Philadelphia duo’s new album “Broken Into Better Shape” shifts between soft-spoken alternative pop (think Toad the Wet Sprocket), harmony-driven folk-pop, and stomping acoustic rock. Its music video for the track “Tell Me What You Want From Me” is gaining mileage with its eyebrow raising twist on killer clowns.

Brandon Flowers
Thursday  8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $33.58,      
The Killers’ frontman’s second solo album, “The Desired Effect,” has achieved the goal lined out in its title by focusing on layered vocals and spiking Flowers’ previous sound with pop-soul. Mexico’s acclaimed Rey Pila, who is garnering early attention for September’s infectious new wave throwback “The Future Sugar,” opens.  

Cazwell/Hank & Cupcakes
Thursday  10 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $12-$15, 
Shiprocked! kicks off Pride week as only Shiprocked! can - in glorious gay fashion with the provocative rapper Cazwell (a bona fide star in the LGBT world), NYC-based Israeli duo Hank & Cupcakes, who create sugary blasts of electro-pop, danceable rock, and soul-tinged club bangers with unbridled energy. Bethan Phetamine and Your Fuzzy Friends also perform.