Hot Concerts

02/20/2014 12:17 PM

02/20/2014 12:18 PM


Friday 9 p.m. Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St. $10.

The underrated Wilmington psychedelic stoner outfit continues its run of quality releases with 2013’s “Blood Drive.” The sludgy Sabbathian riffs and poppy hooks writhe against epic arrangements and Jason Shi’s soaring vocals.


Friday 9 p.m. Roux, 3306-A N. Davidson St. $7.

The NYC quartet bridges classic jam rock, fusion and modern indie-rock with funk, jazz and guitar-rock-laden instrumentals that leave little downtime for ceiling gazing, with arrangements that ring with purpose and direction.


Friday 10 p.m. Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. $5.

The rocking Americana trio formerly known as Old Milwaukee celebrates the release of its superb debut album, “Might Could,” which ranks as the best new local album of the year – so far. With Pullman Strike and Roseland.

Tinsley Ellis

Friday 10 p.m. Double Door Inn, 1218 Charlottetown Ave. $15-$17.

The veteran Atlanta blues guitarist’s new album, “Midnight Blue,” balances gritty, hard-rocking road songs, more traditional, heartaching slow burners and motor-revving Southern blues-rock.

Lyfe Jennings

Saturday 7:30 p.m. Amos’ Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St. $30-$65.

The Atlanta R&B singer followed up his most recent prison stint (he rose to fame in 2004 after serving 10 years for arson) by returning to the stage and releasing his new album, “Lucid,” in October.

Zydeco Ya Ya and Carolina Gator Gumbo

Saturday 8:30 p.m. Double Door Inn, 1218 Charlottetowne Ave. $8.

Charlotte’s Carolina Gator Gumbo has long celebrated Mardi Gras by stirring up a Cajun party with dance lessons (which kick off the night again). With its Asheville sister band, maker of swampy Zydeco and Cajun swing.

Mayer Hawthorne

Sunday 7 p.m. Amos’ Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St. $18-$20.

The Detroit soulman expands well outside the retro playbook of his first two albums with “Where Does This Door Go,” which incorporates hip-hop, contemporary R&B and classic-rock influences for his best collection yet.

Spiritual Rez

Thursday 9 p.m. Roux, 3306-A N. Davidson St. $7.

Its new album, “Whenever Apocalypse,” strums up images of sun-soaked beaches and poolside parties. The reggae rock outfit is more than sunny party music, though, with an ample funk and rock feel and soul-drenched vocals.

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