Music & Nightlife

8 buzzworthy concerts coming to Charlotte in the next week

Deer Tick performs at Visulite Theatre on Wednesday night.
Deer Tick performs at Visulite Theatre on Wednesday night.

Prince Paul

Friday 10 p.m. Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. $15.

Before hip-hop producers were as revered in the music business as the artists they produce, there was Prince Paul, who built a solid reputation and near-legendary status for his early work with De La Soul and his influence on hip-hop through the huge pool of genres he sampled. He’s since carved out a long career as both producer, collaborator and solo performer.

Hearts & Bands

Saturday 4 p.m. The Tipsy Burro, 2711 Monroe Road. Free.

Local musicians unite to raise money for the Matthews Free Medical Clinic, a volunteer-run healthcare facility. The Mannish Boys, Temperance League, Randy Franklin and the Sardines, the Mike Strauss Band, the Funky Geezer, and house band the Loose Lugnuts (whose Wilson brothers own the restaurant) perform with no cover charge ... but donations are encouraged.

Lindi Ortega

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

Canadian country songwriter Lindi Ortega is a honky-tonk sweetheart who sings of death and doom, smoke and booze, and other classic country topics with sincerity and sass, gaining her acclaim and a following in the U.S. and at home. Due for a new album (her fourth, “Faded Gloryville,” is now two years old), she’s hitting the road with Dallas-bred songwriter Andrew Combs.

The Slants

Monday 8 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $8-$10.

This Oregon-based Asian-American dance-rock band made national headlines in June, when it took the fight to trademark its band name to the Supreme Court – and won. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office deemed the slur offensive, but its four Asian members see it more as owning the word on its own terms. Now that the suit is settled, the foursome can bring its ’80s-influenced synth-rock to a wider audience.

Electric Guest

Tuesday 8 p.m. The Underground, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $13.

It’s been five years since the duo of Asa Taconne (brother of Lonely Island’s Jorma Taconne who has contributed to music for “SNL’s” digital shorts) and Andrew “Cornbread” Compton wowed critics with the falsetto-driven funk and soul of its group’s 2012 debut “Mondo,” which Rolling Stone magazine compared to Beck. The band returned this year with the long-awaited follow-up “Plural.”

Deer Tick

Wednesday 8 p.m. Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $20-$25.

A week after making its Americana Festival debut and releasing two new albums (“Deer Tick Vols. 1 and 2”), the folk-rock favorite kicks off its Twice Is Nice Tour, which runs through December. Charlotte is only the third date on the schedule, so the South can revel in the band’s amped live show and new songs before the rest of the country.


Wednesday 8 p.m. The Underground, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $12.

Summer came and went without WEND 106.5 The End’s semi-annual Weenie Roast. Instead, the new rock station celebrates the coming autumn with a little less fanfare and a little more intimacy at the Fall Fiesta, featuring moody alt-rockers Joywave and Charlotte rock band Junior Astronomers, fresh from the Afro-Punk Festival in NYC.

Mouth Sounds

Thursday 8 p.m. Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $6-$8.

As frontman for the long-running (but now-defunct) Charlotte dream-rock quartet Sugar Glyder, Daniel Howie has toured the country, drawn crowds of hundreds, and flirted with stardom. Now, he’s going it alone as Mouth Sounds. Its debut album features Howie’s soaring vocals (evoking Muse’s Matthey Bellamy) and knack for big, bold alt-rock writing and arrangements, which should endear the record to his band’s old fans.