Thursday, November 29, 2012

This week's hot concerts

Caleb Caudle
8 p.m. Saturday, December 1, Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $6-$8. 704-376-3737.
The Winston-Salem-based songwriter returns to one of his favorite venues to celebrate the release of his aptly titled new album, “Tobacco Town,” which captures the Carolinas’ dirt floor Americana while summoning legions of detail-oriented Texas songwriters as well.

2 Chainz
9 p.m. Saturday, December 1, Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $33.
After over a decade on the hip-hop scene, the Atlanta area rapper became one of the hottest new national acts of 2012 with a number one album and collaborations with Drake, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj and Ciara easily garnering him a widespread stamp of approval.

Sum 41/IAmDynamite
8 p.m. Sunday, December 2, Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $27.
The surprisingly versatile pop-punk band celebrates the 10th anniversary of its “Does This Look Infected?” album, which included hits “The Hell Song” and “Still Waiting,” with snappy harmony and hook-driven combo IAmDynamite (half of which is based in Raleigh).

Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit
7:30 p.m. Monday, December 3, Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $15. 704-358-9200.
The former Drive-By Trucker is coming off the award winning track “Alabama Pines,” an engagement, and a new live album that takes him into 2013 when he’ll tentatively focus on an acoustic album and tour.

I Fight Dragons
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 5, Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St. $10-$12.
Old school gamers rejoice! This recent Warped Tour act embarks on its maiden headlining “War of the Cyborg Liberation Tour” while employing Nintendo Game Boys and Entertainment Systems into quirky tracks about geek empowerment that merge Devo and Weezer.

Willie Nelson
8 p.m. Wednesday, December 5, The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $60.50.
The country rebel surrounds himself with family on his new album ("Heroes") and tour during which he'll treat Charlotte to a rare intimate club set that includes his daughter Paula and son Lukas Nelson and  his band  the Promise of the Real as openers.

The Mastersons
10 p.m. Wednesday, December 5, Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $8-$10. 704-376-3737.
With engaging harmonies and personality married songwriters Eleanor Whitmore and Chris Mastersons (who opened and backed Steve Earle here in May) echo the tradition of acclaimed country-folk couplings like Buddy and Julie Miller (who coincidentally once did the same with Earle).

Richard Marx
7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 6, McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St. $19.50-$39.50. 704-372-1000.
The `80s hit maker, who has since written hits for others, does the “evening with” approach where he’ll revisit his back catalog as well as newer material in an intimate “VH1 Storytellers”-like setting.

Jonathan Coulton & John Roderick
8 p.m. Thursday, December 6, Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $18-$20. 704-358-9200.
You’ll practically forget your listening to Christmas music when geeky internet sensation Coulton (“Code Monkey”) and the Long Winters’ Roderick take on the holidays on their new effort, “One Christmas at a Time,” as well as play some quirky non-holiday favorites.