Friday, September 11, 2015

This week's hot concerts

St. Paul & the Broken Bones
Friday  6:30 p.m., NC Music Factory Fountain Plaza, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $10,   
The Alabama soul throwback enjoyed one of the biggest jumps from wowing crowds at the homegrown God Save the Queen City festival two years ago to drawing accolades from “Spin Magazine” for its performance at Lollapalooza this year. In between its revival-esque soul has drawn raves and sell-out crowds. With Alanna Royale.

Van Halen
Friday  7:30 p.m., PNC Music Pavilion, 707 Pavilion Blvd., $30-$170,   
When the band kicked off its comeback tour here in 2007, fans flocked to see a lineup they thought wouldn’t last. This marks the group’s third return since reuniting with David Lee Roth. And the now 24 year old Wolfgang Van Halen (who moonlights in Tremonti) has come into his own as a member. With Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band.

ZZ Ward
Friday  8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $31.08,        
Two weeks after dropping the “Love and War” EP, the bluesy singer-songwriter graduates from selling out the Visulite to headlining the Fillmore where she’ll share her blues and hip-hop-infused take on pop and new material from the EP - a preview of 2016’s “This Means War” full-length. The Young Wild open.  

Friday  10 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $5,
After revisiting its ambitious rock opera live earlier this year, the prolific, quirky rock trio celebrates the release of its new self-titled album. Its fidgety garage blues and pop romp shifts eclectically from howling Jack White-esque riffs to falsetto spiked psyche-rock to driving power pop. It’s like White, Pulp, the Flaming Lips and the Strokes collided.

Weenie Roast
Saturday  7:30 p.m., PNC Music Pavilion, 707 Pavilion Blvd., $35.85-$86.97,  
The End celebrates 20 years mixing the `90s rock the station built its reputation on (Stone Temple Pilots, Live, Blues Traveler) with current dance pop (Passion Pit, Bleachers), established live favorites (MuteMath, Langhorne Slim, Kopecky), buzz bands (X Ambassadors, Catfish & the Bottlemen), and new rock (IAmDynamite, Atlas Genius). 

Steve Earle & the Dukes
Saturday  7:30 p.m., McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St., $20-$39.50,
At 60 and at the end of his seventh marriage, the modern Americana legend lets the blues loose on his sixteenth studio album, “Terraplane.” His recent shows with the Mastersons acting as both opening act and part of the Dukes, focus on Texas blues, a few covers, hits, and fan favorites from his storied career.

Chris Robinson Brotherhood
Saturday  9:30 p.m., Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St., $25/$40 VIP,        
With the Brotherhood the Black Crowes frontman takes what he calls a “farm-to-table” approach to music and the music business, digging deeper into his funky Southern rock roots and releasing homegrown, limited, live recordings. His latest is “Betty’s Blends, Volume Two,” which was mixed by Grateful Dead archivist Betty Cantor-Jackson.

Slum Village
Sunday  9 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $12-$15,    
With T3 the only surviving member of the influential group that launched J Dilla’s career (Dilla died in 2006, followed by the death of cofounder Baatin in 2009), the renowned Detroit hip-hop group is now a duo. It’s 2015 album “Yes!” is marked by Dilla-produced tracks that were recorded before his death. With Aswell, Lute, and Keyza Soulsay.  

Los Enanitos Verdes
Tuesday  8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $40.73,         
The Argentinian rock trio is like the South American equivalent to the Police, U2, and Duran Duran rolled into one - that is a Latin rock giant that’s concerts draw tens of thousands and whose career extends over three decades. The group brings award winning Spanish-language rock back to the Fillmore.

Leverage Models
Thursday  10 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., Free,        

With a knack for danceable art-rock and complex, lively synth-pop, upstate New York producer and frontman Shannon Fields creates the soundtrack to the `80s movie you never knew you missed and employees numerous musician friends in the process. The band returns for Shiprocked! on the way home from playing Hopscotch Fest this weekend.