Friday, October 7, 2011

This week's hot concerts

Kill Devil Hill

8 p.m. Friday, October 7, Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $12-$14.

Former Pantera/Down bassist Rex Brown left the latter to head up this metal supergroup with Vinny Appice (Dio, Black Sabbath). The fittingly dark and brooding results mix nimble guitar work, grunge-y vocals, and sludgy tempos with polished production.

Blind Boys of Alabama

8 p.m. Saturday, October 8, McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St. $32-$37.50. 704-372-1000.

For the first time in its 72-year history the Americana vocal institution tackles country on its latest album, “Take the High Road,” a guest heavy collaborative project with Jamey Johnson.

Tyler Ramsey

10:30 p.m. Saturday, October 8, Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $12-$14. 704-376-3737.

“The Valley Wind,” the new record from the Band of Horses’ guitarist and Asheville-based songwriter (who opened his band’s headlining show here in August) is a perfectly moody fall folk record reminiscent of Neil Young.

Dominant Legs/Nurses

8 p.m. Saturday, October 8, Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $8-$10.

Imagine the former as a modern synth-rock Fleetwood Mac jamming with Talking Heads and Arcade fire. It’s fittingly paired with Portland trio Nurses, whose new disc “Dracula” is a dark, atmospheric, yet danceable collection.

Big Head Todd & the Monsters/John Hiatt

8 p.m. Sunday, October 9, Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. $46.25-$78.15.

The Colorado trio best known for `90s rock hits “Bittersweet” and “Broken Hearted Savior” joins the Americana songwriter behind Bonnie Raitt’s “Thing Called Love” and Jeff Healey’s “Angel Eyes” (as well as a catalog of his own gems).

Madi Diaz

7 p.m. Monday, October 10, Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $10.

On her new EP the Ten Out of Tenn grad writes infectious pop songs with a voice that’s part Suzanne Vega, part Kathleen Edwards…but a bit sweeter than both. With Charlotte trio Side By Side.

Warren Haynes Band

8 p.m. Wednesday, October 12, Fillmore, 1000 Seaboard St. $33.

Before details about what would be his 23rd annual all-star Xmas Jam emerge, the Gov’t Mule/Allman Brothers guitarist - considered a modern guitar god - brings his revered bluesy playing back to the Carolinas.

J. Cole

8 p.m. Thursday, October 13, Fillmore, 1000 Seaboard St. $31.

The much buzzed about Fayetteville-bred rapper (and first artist signed to Jay Z’s new label) has a No. 1 debut album this week with “Cole World: The Sideline Story” as he graduates to club headliner status after a summer opening for Rihanna.

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