Dave & Phil Alvin
Friday 8 p.m. Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $20-$24. www.visulite.com.
The Alvin brothers, who co-piloted the legendary California country punk outfit the Blasters before guitar whiz Dave left for a solo career, spent 30 years apart. Then a health scare brought them back together. Their reunion tour hits on their storied musical pasts and their recent tribute album honoring Big Bill Broonzy.
Half Strangers/The Hot Gates
Friday 8 p.m. Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $10. www.eveningmuse.com.
Former Charlottean Devon Elizabeth formed this new act after the soulful singer-songwriter moved to Charleston. The rootsier Americana suits her. Shes paired with Jason Scavones rollicking pop-rock band. Scavone produced Elizabeths 2013 solo EP The Loneliest Dream.
Saturday 9 p.m. Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $12-$15. www.visulite.com.
Following the release of his solo debut, This Machine Kills Artists, the eccentric Melvins frontman embarks on a solo acoustic tour, but dont get the wrong idea. He may be a candid storyteller, exhibiting a broader sense of melody when the sludgy distortion subsides, but he hasnt gone soft. Its a daring departure, but one youd expect from him.
Saturday 10 p.m. Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. $5. www.snugrock.com.
The Charlotte lo-fi indie-punk trios sophomore album, Things Change, has drawn attention from Pitchfork and Brooklyn Vegan (thanks in part to bassist Joshua Robbins and his wife Sarahs growing indie label Self Aware Records). If you miss old Dinosaur Jr. and Hüsker Dü, the groups grasp of messy, noisy punk and more expansive moodier tracks should light your fire.
Sunday 8 p.m. The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $38.23. www.livenation.com.
The Grammy-winning 90s hip-hop collective, whose sense of lyrical melody and rapid-fire delivery influenced a generation of lightning-tongued lyricists, reteamed earlier this week, revealing plans for a 2015 farewell album which like Wu-Tang Clan they plan to auction off for a hefty sum.
I Am the Avalanche
Tuesday 9 p.m. The Milestone Club, 3400 Tuckaseegee Road. $12. www.themilestoneclub.com.
The Brooklyn band returned in March with its third album, Wolverines a blast of hard-hitting blue-collar punk thats equal parts Gaslight Anthem and Avail. It draws on very different circumstances from its 2011 comeback sophomore album. Frontman Vinnie Caruana wrote much of the album while suffering from a debilitating spinal injury.
A Sunny Day in Glasgow
Thursday 8 p.m. Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. $5. www.snugrock.com.
The experimental art-pop sextet kicks off the four-day Recess Fest, which takes place across multiple Plaza Midwood venues. The buzzed-about underground group represents what the festival is all about, with innovative songs that often sound like blurry shoegazer compositions resting atop sweetly neurotic pop music.
Lee Bains & the Glory Fires
Thursday 9 p.m. The Milestone Club, 3400 Tuckaseegee Road. $5-$7. www.themilestoneclub.com.
Music fans would be hard-pressed to find a live band that rocks harder per dollar, and the Alabama quartets Sub Pop debut, Dereconstructed, plays less on leader Bains literate writing and soulful delivery and more on the bands raw live intensity, with soul singing and Southern rock grooves cutting through buzzing, noise-punk distortion.
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