Hot Concerts

Stranger Day

Friday 9:30 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. Free before 11 p.m., $5 after. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.

The Charlotte rapper stacked his new album, “Graves,” with an eclectic mix of area musicians – Junior Astronomers’ Terrence Richard, Modern Primitives’ Travis Phillips, Little Bull Lee, Alex Kastanas, Ally Hoffman, Scott Weaver, Justin Aswell, Elevator Jay and Lotta. Many of them will join him on stage to celebrate the record’s release.

Ben Folds

Saturday 8 p.m. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. $55-$89.


The N.C. native will perform the 25-minute three-part concerto that he composed for piano and orchestra (and premiered in Nashville in March) with the Charlotte Symphony, which also will accompany him on re-orchestrated versions of his many pop hits.

The Wood Brothers

Saturday 8 p.m. McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St. $18.50-$26.50. www.blumenthalarts.org.

Together, brothers Chris (of Medeski Martin & Wood) and Oliver (of King Johnson) make twangy, bluesy roots music that resonates with a richness and worn-in authenticity, while remaining modern in its vibrant color and sonic depth. Their most recent album, “Muse,” was released a year ago next week.


Saturday 8 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $15-$17. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.

The D.C.-based festival favorite calls its lively world roots music “immigrant rock,” and infuses it with Celtic, gypsy, and the band members’ Ukrainian roots. The group returns on the heels of the new album “Jump at the Sun” before heading to Ireland. With the New Familiars’ Josh Daniel and mandolin virtuoso Mark Schmick of Larry Keel’s band.


Saturday 9 p.m. Tremont Music Hall, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $10-$13. www.tremontmusichall.com.

There’s more to this Charlotte rock band’s geekery than just the apt description “atmospheric sci-fi metal”; it draws musically from the Deftones and Tool while taking a visual cue from Coheed & Cambria. The group celebrates its debut album and the comic series, “The Ghost Children Chronicles,” which acts as a companion to the music.

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Girls Guns & Glory

Saturday 10:30 p.m. Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $10-$12.


The Boston roots-rock singer/guitarist’s new album “Radio Sweetheart” (her first without band the Broken Singles) finds her growing more confident as a sassy frontwoman and rock guitarist. Having teamed up for a seven-inch vinyl single of duets (including “I Got You Babe”), Borges’ label mates also serve as her backing band.

My Brightest Diamond

Tuesday 7 p.m. Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $15. www.visulite.com.

Musician Shara Worden created one of the most exhilarating records of the year with “This is My Hand,” which skirts world music, bright, bold electronica, sprightly jazz, and avant garde rock topped with her dreamy, layered vocals. She kicked off her tour this week in her hometown of Detroit.

Charli XCX

Tuesday 8 p.m. Amos’ Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St. $18-$20. www.amossouthend.com.

After guest spots on Icona Pop’s “I Love It” and Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” (she co-wrote both tracks), the British pop writer/performer enjoyed her own hit in “The Fault in Our Stars’ ” lead single “Boom Clap.” She stops in prior to the October release of her next full-length, “Sucker,” and soon heads to Europe to open for Katy Perry.