Thursday, October 29, 2015

This week's hot concerts

Friday 8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $15-$17,
With the release of its third full-length, the Detroit pop duo drop the winking Dale Earnhardt from its name (despite the approval of the real Earnhardt, Jr.) so listeners aren’t distracted from its high-on harmonies, psychedelic `60s and electronic-flavored take on danceable pop. JR JR is also the title of that new album.
Bronze Radio Return
Friday 9 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $12-$15,  
This Connecticut pop-rock combo released its fourth album, “Light Me Up” earlier this month. It shimmies from rock to pop to dance with gleaming optimism and an injection of gospel-like fuel on anthems akin to Imagine Dragons. It’s all guided by vocalist Chris Henderson’s distinct voice which manages to channel Dave Matthews and the BeeGees.
Dex Romweber/It’s Snakes
Friday 10 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $7,  
If you’re a Jack White fan who hasn’t checked out the Chapel Hill band leader and guitarist that’s one of White’s biggest influences, here’s your chance. He’s paired with Hope Nicholls and Aaron Pitkin’s latest band following the demise of Snagglepuss – this time with Nicholls on drums and vocals. With the Mike Strauss Band.
Saturday 7:30 p.m., Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave., $10,
Charlotte female-fronted melodic metal band Tattermask hosts this annual benefit for Carolina Raptor Center which doubles as its Halloween-themed Tattermasquerade. Sadly it’s a bittersweet evening marking the band’s farewell. Its members are taking an indefinite hiatus to pursue other interest, in and outside of music.
Raheem DeVaughan/Leela James
Sunday 8:00 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $27.50,   
This pair of award winning R&B singers throw it back to true classic soul with the Love N’ Soul Experience. James – once a freshman VH1 You Outta Know artist – is enjoying renewed interest following her tribute to Etta James album, the well-received 2014 follow-up “Fall For You,” and a performance on “Dancing with the Stars.”
Low Cut Connie
Sunday 8 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., Free, 
Everyone from Jack White to “Rolling Stone” to President Obama (who put them on one of his Spotify playlists) sings the praises of this hard working Philly band, but it’s the live show that gets the most love with singer Adam Weiner channeling Jerry Lee Lewis. It may technically be “indie”, but there’s also no shoegazing, indie-rock pretension here.
Tuesday 8 p.m., Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St., $25/$45 VIP,  
This funk septet commemorates its 20th anniversary with the release of the new album “Crush,” which strikes at the crossroads of classic horn-laden funk and psychedelic hip-hop influenced beats. It’s also a sort of secret supergroup with members from Dave Matthews Band and Soulive and resumes that include stints with Dr. Dre, Gaga, and Tedeschi Trucks.
Sufjan Stevens
Wednesday 8 p.m., Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd., $37,
With one of the most resonant and personal albums of the last year –an ode to the Brooklyn -based songwriter’s recently deceased mother, who suffered from schizophrenia and addiction, and his step-father, who helped found his label – Stevens proved his mettle to anyone late to his indie-folk rock (funeral) party.