Music & Nightlife

8 buzzworthy concerts coming to Charlotte in the next week

STRFKR performs at Neighborhood Theatre on Wednesday.
STRFKR performs at Neighborhood Theatre on Wednesday.

’90s Tribute to Benefit Levine Children’s Hospital

Friday 8 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $10 suggested donation.

These tribute shows/fundraisers have raised almost $40,000 over the past four years. This time local artists take on the favorite music of the ’90s, with Ancient Cities putting its spin on Soundgarden, while Maya Beth Atkins, Jason Scavone, members of Faye and Late Bloomer, Modern Primitives with Astrea Corp, Evergone, Wormholes, Business People and Sam the Lion deliver some Nirvana, TLC, Blur, Counting Crows, Sade, Radiohead, Weezer, Jeff Buckley, the Breeders and the Black Crowes.

My Morning Jacket

Saturday 7 p.m. Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $30.50.

A My Morning Jacket summer tour has become as reliable as a Dave Matthews tour used to be (see below), but the set list keeps fans guessing. It could include anything from surprise renditions of songs by Prince, George Michael and Erykah Badu to songs from lead singer Jim James’ solo outings, along with – of course – selections from the rock band’s near 20-years-deep catalog up through 2015’s “The Waterfall.”

Sir Sly

Sunday 8:30 p.m. Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $14-$18.

The L.A. trio – regulars these days on alternative radio stations – released its sophomore album, “Don’t You Worry Honey,” last week. Its single “High” is a current alt-pop earworm with a thumping beat, jerky synth, and oooh-oooh chorus that follows the dance-rock sound in the vein of everyone from Europeans like Klaxons and Peter Bjorn and John to contemporary American peers like Fitz & the Tantrums and Capital Cities.

Incubus/Jimmy Eat World

Tuesday 6:45 p.m. PNC Music Pavilion, 707 Pavilion Blvd. $29.50-$99.50.

Both born of the early ’90s, the two rock-radio staples had their biggest hits (“Drive” and “The Middle”) more than 15 years ago. But they’ve enjoyed renewed interest thanks to the endorsement of younger fans like Skrillex, who worked on Incubus’ latest album, “8”; and Taylor Swift, who sang and danced to “The Middle” in an Apple ad that sent that song back up the charts. They team with new XM favorite Judah the Lion.

Robert Earl Keen

Tuesday 8 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $30-$32.

The revered Texas songwriter’s shows are always unpredictable, but have grown even more so with his 2015 bluegrass album, his more-recent short-attention-span songs (concise tunes for the new millennium that are less than two minutes long), and his guest- and hit-heavy “Live Dinner Reunion” album (featuring Cody Canada, Lyle Lovett and others). What you can predict is a show big on humor and heart that ends with his best-known tune, “The Road Goes on Forever.”


Wednesday 8 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $21-$23.

While the name may conjure images of pulsing dubstep and ceaseless strobe lights, that’s not the case with this Portland trio’s fourth album, “Being No One, Going Nowhere,” which can go from being as ethereal as a “Twin Peaks” soundtrack segue to a funky, desert disco (it was written while founder Joshua Hodges was hanging out in Joshua Tree). There’s a cinematic edge to its Phoenix-like synth.

Crystal Garden

Wednesday 9 p.m. The Rabbit Hole, 1801 Commonwealth Ave $13-$15.

You likely already know the violinist sitting in with this Seattle-based outfit, which that violinist brought together with the intention of creating a young rock band with old-school sensibilities. The man with the bow is Boyd Tinsley of the Dave Matthews Band, which has taken this summer off after touring relentlessly for 25 years. The Garden has a big sound – a bit like the Fray – with Tinsley’s unmistakable sonic presence.

Spirit System

Wednesday 10 p.m. Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. $2.

No one would blame you for not linking this gothy Winston-Salem shoegaze trio to defunct Charlotte rock outfit Elevator Action, since the sound the musicians adopted in 2012 is so far removed from the one they made together over a decade ago. There are few bands summoning Joy Division or Bauhaus these days, but with the tempered vocals of Eric Gilstrap and Laurie Ruroden, theirs is a welcome retreat from the alt-rock norm.