Friday, November 6, 2015

This week's hot concerts

Grace Potter
Friday 8:00 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $25,  
The powerhouse Nocturnals’ frontwoman’s solo debut “Midnight” trades her band’s thundering blues, funk and soul for poppier waters that find the sexy singer playing disco diva and choir leader while tapping into her inner Prince. While Nocturnals’ fans may frown on the change, it’s refreshing to hear her stylistic flexibility.
The Foreign Exchange
Friday 9 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $25-$30/$40 VIP,
Not ones to repeat themselves, the Raleigh duo of Little Brother’s Phonte and Dutch producer Nicolay combine easy-on-the-ears retro soul, Weather Channel jazz, electronic rhythms, old school House, and Latin funk on its latest offering, “Tales From the Land of Milk and Honey.”
Truckstop Preachers
Friday 10 p.m., Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave., $10-$12,   
This local outfit specializes in driving country-rock, boogieing piano, and shuffling honky-tonk with a boisterous lead singer that boasts an Elvis-like quality and working class storytelling akin to Drive-By Truckers. The group celebrates its new album “Untie the Horses” which includes 11 tracks that could easily fall into rotation at Sirius/XM Outlaw Country.
Dead Sara/The New Regime
Saturday 8 p.m., Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St., $10-$12,   
If Grace Potter had metal aspirations, the results might sound like this eclectic Los Angeles hard rock outfit who counts Dave and Grace Slick among its fans. On its latest and first independent album, “Pleasure to Meet You” the band and frontwoman Emily Armstrong illustrate more depth and dynamics outside of their heavy base.
Allen Stone
Sunday 8 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $22-$25,
With his distinctive voice and authentic, original songwriting this Washington state hippie soul singer is heir apparent to Stevie Wonder’s legacy. He may not play “Superstition,” but the material on his latest album “Radius” is as strong as Wonder (who plays TWC Arena next week) at his best.
New Politics
Monday 6:35 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $25, 
Throbbing beats, spiky pop-punk, and anthemic pop mingle to form this Danish rock group’s newest export – “Vikings.” Consisting of mostly earworms and potential guilty pleasures, the songs sound tailor-made for commercials, sporting events, dancefloors and the stage. With Andrew McMahon, Australians the Griswolds, and Lolo.
Flagship/A Silent Film
Monday 8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $15-$18,
Following the tragic death of former member and co-founder Grant Harding last month, Charlotte’s Flagship (the duo of Drake Margolnick and Michael Finster) stops at home in the middle of its national tour for what will no doubt be a bittersweet, heart-wrenching return. The duo, which is working on a new album, released the “Faded” EP in July.
Yonotan Gat
Tuesday 10:00 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $8-$10,    
The Monotonix guitarist’s trio brings the spirit of free jazz to rhythm-heavy, experimental hard rock. Regarded for its intimate, unpredictable live shows, which take place on the floor – not on stage – surrounded by the audience, the group manages to invoke John Coltrane and Jimi Hendrix on a wild bender without sacrificing accessibility.
Tom Keifer
Wednesday 8:30 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $20-$23/$32.50 VIP,   
Cinderella always erred on the bluesy side of metal and that’s the territory the group’s frontman explores on his solo debut, “The Way Life Goes.” Now based in Nashville he picks up where “Long Cold Winter” and “Heartbreak Station” left off – diving into Southern rock, rootsy balladry, and gritty blues-rock without losing his edge.