Hot Concerts

04/24/2014 2:08 PM

04/24/2014 2:10 PM

Gillian Welch

Friday 8 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $30. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.

Arguably the most influential Americana artist of the past 20 years and last here in November with musical partner David Rawlings and Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, Welch returns on short notice.

Man or Astroman?

Saturday 9 p.m. Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $13-$16.

www.visulite.com.

After a successful ’90s run, the sci-fi surf punks with a soft spot for vintage film and TV, Moogs, theremins and rip-roaring surf guitar disappeared. It rockets back with its first album in 12 years: 2013’s “Defcon 5…4…3…2…1.”

Schoolboy Q

Saturday 9 p.m. Amos’ Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St. $25. www.amossouthend.com.

Thanks in part to a guest spot with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, the hard L.A. rapper’s major label debut (“Oxymoron,” which chronicles life as a Crip, drug dealer, and father) debuted at No. 1.

Kenny Loggins

Sunday 7 p.m. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. $29.50-$84.50.

www.blumenthalarts.org.

The voice of ’80s soundtracks (“Top Gun,” “Footloose”) has since delved into children’s music, adult contemporary, smooth jazz and country – all of which he’ll likely touch on during his rare Charlotte appearance.

Sleigh Bells

Tuesday 8 p.m. The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $27.

www.livenation.com.

The harsh collision of abrasive beats, thick distortion and girlish, ethereal vocals form a merry, danceable marriage in this Brooklyn duo’s irresistible noise-pop. This marks its Charlotte debut.

Battleme

Tuesday 8 p.m. Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St. $5-$7. www.chopshopnoda.com.

Although band leader Matt Drenik became known for his stark folk contributions to FX’s “Sons of Anarchy,” his Portland band illustrates a crunchier, psychedelic-dipped, garage-pop sound that’s a bit more fun.

Zucchero

Wednesday 8 p.m. Amos’ Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St. $25-$35.

www.amossouthend.com.

The Italian blues guitarist is a household name overseas, where he’s sold 50 million records over 40 years. He teamed with Don Was in Havana to explore Latin, Cuban, Salsa and Tex-Mex on his latest, “La Sesion Cubana.”

Against Me!

Thursday 7:30 p.m. Amos’ Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St. $17-$20.

www.amossouthend.com.

The punk band drew headlines for singer and founder Laura Jane Grace’s transition from male to female in 2012. The resulting album – “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” – chronicles the struggle for self-acceptance.

PJ Morton

Thursday 7:30 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $20-$25. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.

The Maroon 5 keyboardist moonlights as a Grammy-winning (India Arie’s “Interested”) solo singer-songwriter making R&B and jazz, gospel and hip-hop-laced vintage soul in the spirit of artists like Stevie Wonder.

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