The week's most promising concerts

09/12/2008 12:00 AM

09/12/2008 9:32 AM

1 The Action Design/Killola

8 p.m. Tuesday, Milestone ($8)

Two female-fronted California bands. The former leans toward sweet-voiced, hooky Blondie-meets-Yeah Yeah Yeahs dance pop, while the latter strikes a weirder chord, channeling Vince Neil and Rush within a DayGlo art-punk party. www.themilestoneclub.com.

2 Rock the Vote

7 tonight, Tremont ($8-$11)

The impressive local showing of Alternative Champs, Bruce Hazel and Some Volunteers, Eyes of the Elders, 2013 Wolves and the Lights, Fluorescent hope to educate the public about the presidential candidates and voter registration. 704-343-9494.

3 Musiq Soulchild

8:30 tonight, Amos' ($30-$33)

Still riding the wave of his Grammy-nominated 2007 disc “Luvanmusiq” – which included the Top 3 R&B/Hip-Hop hits “teachme” and “buddy” – the modern Philly soul singer returns with material from his new CD “On My Radio” (due next week). 704-377-6874.

4 Chuck Wicks

11 p.m. Saturday, Coyote Joe's ($12)

The sexy “Stealing Cinderella” singer takes a few days away from circling the globe with Brad Paisley's “Paisley Party Tour” to headline a few of his own shows – like this more intimate club performance. www.coyote-joes .com.

5 Slash n' Bash II

9:30 p.m. Saturday, Visulite ($8-$10)

The wacky meeting of Gwar, Iron Maiden and Celtic minstrels with a silly sense of humor, Charlotte's Iron Cordoba headlines the second annual part-camp/part-performance art Viking Metal Party. Viking and metal attire encouraged. 704-358-9200.

6 Matt Keating

8 p.m. Sunday, Milestone ($7)

On his recent double album, “Quixotic,” this critically acclaimed New York songwriter mixes pop appeal, earnest lyrics, a rich Willie Nelson-meets-Lou Reed voice and twangy guitar-based roots rock. www.themilestone club.com.

7 Donna the Buffalo

8 p.m. Thursday, Visulite ($22-$24)

The jam favorites juxtapose Tara Nivens' quivering vocals and Jeb Puryear's world-weary delivery with a warm, bouncing blend of Cajun, reggae, roots and harmony-driven country on its latest disc, “Silverlined.” 704-358-9200.

8 Tosco Music Party

7 p.m. Saturday, Halton Theater at CPCC ($8-$15)

Sing-alongs and a sampling of work by Lefty Williams, David Olney, the Bowmans, the Near Misses, Will Ridenour, Donna Duncan, Damien Horne, Brian Ashley Jones, HuDost, the Flowers Family Band, Grace Manning, Adrienne Vaulx and others. 704-330-6534.

9 Steve Gillette and

Cindy Mangsen

7:30 tonight, Great Aunt Stella Center (FREE)

This husband and wife add a bit of fun humor to their authentic classic-folk music. Gillette wrote Ian and Sylvia's “Darcy Farrow,” while Mangsen's recent work includes a disc of music about cats. A jam session and song circle follows the show. www.folksociety.org.

10 Puddle of Mudd

8 p.m. Tuesday, Amos' ($20-$23)

The Midwestern post-grunge rockers – whose latest hits include “Famous” and “Psycho” – balance humor and heart on its latest trek through the Midwest and Southeast. 704-377-6874.

11 Jimmie Van Zant

7 p.m. Thursday, Neighborhood Theatre ($15-$18)

He looks and sounds like Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd, but this Van Zant isn't actually a brother. He's a cousin of Ronnie, Johnny and Donnie who grew up following in his family's footsteps. 704-358-9298.

12 Snagglepuss/

Sonic Death Rabbit

10 p.m. Saturday, Snug Harbor ($5)

The local sax-fueled art-rock veterans and the quirky iPod rocker had great performances at Tremont in May – when no one was watching. Hopefully, another doozy is in the works for the home-base crowd. 704-333-9799.

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