Queens of the Stone Age – live Thursday at the NC Music Factory’s Uptown Amphitheater — blast into town with their riff-riot sound and ever-evolving style.
Hard and heavy, this juggernaut formed from an assortment of other bands and cultivated a distortion-driven chunky sound full of bravado.
Grunge at their core and influenced by the primal roots of metal bands including Blue Cheer, Cream and early Black Sabbath, they’ve managed to manifest a strange melodic grit and groove that’s made them the darlings of musicians and critics alike.
The band’s current lineup features front man Josh Homme, lead and backing vocals/guitars/ keyboards/drums/percussion; Troy Van Leeuwen, guitars/backing vocals/keyboards/percussion; Dean Dertital, keyboards/backing vocals/ guitars/piano; Michael Shuman, bass/backing vocals/guitars/keyboards; and Jon Theodore, drums/ percussion/sampler.
Originally, Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters/formerly Nirvana) added drumming power and extra notoriety for the band’s 2002 debut on Interscope, before returning to his FF role.
Melodic swagger plus intentional riff repetition and trippy psychedelic (some say “stoner”) stance combine to keep everybody happy. Their newest release “Like Clockwork” hit the streets in June to re-energize the band and fans.
Go with prehistoric, primal rock by Queen of The Stone Age, Thursday along with opener Guards at the Uptown Amphitheater at the NC Music Factory, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., Charlotte. For concert details visit facebook.com/uptownamp, call 704-916-8970 or check livenation.com. For more on the band and music, go to qotsa.com.
Look out, boogie is headed this way. With their new album “World Boogie is Coming” released Tuesday expect the North Mississippi Allstars to bring global good times to The Visulite Theater in Charlotte on Tuesday as they throw down the sound that caused National Public Radio to refer to them as “Americana music luminaries.”
The new release is their seventh studio record, fusing all the things that make them special by establishing a sacred link to the traditional music while still managing a healthy bond to modern modes and methods.
This ying and yang aspect relates to the differing personalities of the duo at the core of the Allstars – the Dickinson Brothers. There’s Luther – the throwback link handling guitar and vocals and Cody – the updated mod side doing drums, keyboards and electric washboard.
An assortment of their longtime friends contributed to the studio tracks on the album including Duwayne and Garry Burnside, Kenny Brown, Alvin Youngblood, Sharde Thomas, Lightnin’ Malcolm and others, plus one day in the studio with Robert Plant and his harmonica. Call it career-defining as well as a cunning leap into the future.
Discover the infectious sonic world of wonder from the North Mississippi Allstars live, Tuesday at The Visulite Theater, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte. Call 704-358-9200 or visit visulite.com for show info. For more on the band and music, check nmallstars.com.
Friday: Sabra Callas Duo at Amici Lovin Oven, Rock Hill; Chubby Knuckles at Luke’s Sports Bar and Grill, Rock Hill; Oneppo Brothers Band at John’s Place, Fort Mill; Raven, Hour of 13, Greevace at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Lions of Winter, Auxilia, Gentlemen of Fortune, more at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; Graveyard Boulevard, Cemetary Thieves, AM/FM’s, more at The Milestone, Charlotte; Steve Forbert at Stage Door Theater, Charlotte; Perfect Strangers Acoustic at Rack ’n’ Roll Sports Bar, Charlotte; Joe Robinson at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Whitetop Mountaineers at the Great Aunt Stella Center, Charlotte; Wink Keziah and Delux Motel at Crown Station Pub, Charlotte; Analog Daze at VBGB Beer Hall and Garden – NC Music Factory, Charlotte; Caleb Davis at The Saloon – NC Music Factory, Charlotte; Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Donnie Dies at The Visulite Theater, Charlotte; Delbert McClinton, John Nemeth at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte; Adam Zwig, Ancient Cities at The Evening Muse, Charlotte; The Lenny Federal Band at Comet Grill, Charlotte; 3 Piece Bucket at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; The David Michael Band at Bonfire Bar and Grill in Indian Trail and Darrell Harwood and The Coolwater Band at Coyote Joe’s, Charlotte.
Saturday: Stella Rising at Amici Lovin Oven, Rock Hill; Backwoodz, Josh Sawyer Band at Sylvia Theater, York; Tantrum at SouthSider’s Public House, Waxhaw; Gene Gene and The Blues Machine at Mac’s Speed Shop – Steele Creek, Charlotte; Radok Fest III with Hated: The Music Of G. G. Allin, Semi-Pro, more at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Ashia-Chanel, Craving Jane, Hannah Case, Hayden Lee, more at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; Sunset Jazz Festival with Dante Lewis, Groove 8, more at Symphony Park – SouthPark Mall, Charlotte; Pam Taylor Band, Moses Jones, Skinny Velvet at the Visulite Theater, Charlotte; Common Ground Festival with Sol Driven Train, Overmountain Men, Loose Lugnuts more at Commonwealth Avenue, Charlotte; Hungry Girl, Funky Geezer, T.C. Costello at Common Market – Plaza Midwood, Charlotte; Junque Gallery at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Shana Blake Band at Smokey Joe’s, Charlotte; Drop It with Adrian Lux at The Fillmore, Charlotte; Caleb Davis, Austin Adams Band at The Saloon – NC Music Factory, Charlotte; God Save the Queen City with Jessica Lea Mayfield, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, White Violet, Temperance League, Benji Hughes, Bubonik Funk, Cach Fire, Ancient Cities, Hot Gates, more at The Chop Shop – NoDa, Charlotte; Eliot Bronson, Ross Adams; Rosco Bandana at Evening Muse, Charlotte; Hrvrd, Bo White Orchestra at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte; Sweatin Bullets at The RockHouse, Gastonia; and Shotgun Saints at The Silver Dollar, Gaffney.
• Sunday: Andy the Doorbum – Ghost Worship Ceremony, Robert Childers and His Luciferian Agenda, more at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite at The Fillmore, Charlotte; Hailer, George Tisdale Band at The Saloon – NC Music Factory, Charlotte; and Serfs, Hectorina, more at The Milestone, Charlotte.
• Monday: Monday Night All Stars at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Open Mic Nite with Haley Dreis at Evening Muse, Charlotte; Open Mic with 3 Piece Bucket at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; and Knocturnal with Homeboy Sandman at Snug Harbor, Charlotte.
• Tuesday: North Mississippi Allstars with Lightnin’ Malcolm at the Visulite Theater, Charlotte; Jazz Room Tribute to Buddy Rich at Stage Door Theater, Charlotte; Steely Dan at Uptown Amphitheater, Charlotte; Bob Schneider, Gabriel Kelly at The Chop Shop – NoDa, Charlotte; The Jammin’ Divas at Evening Muse, Charlotte; and Ignite Charlotte No. 6 at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte.
• Wednesday: Gene Gene and The Blues Machine at Mac’s Speed Shop – Southend, Charlotte; Abe Reid and The Spikedrivers at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys 25th Anniversary Tour at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Toby Creek at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Whiskey Wednesday with Nick Shaw at Heist Brewery, Charlotte; Falling Through April, Man on Earth at The Saloon – NC Music Factory, Charlotte; Heather Maloney Band at Evening Muse, Charlotte; and The Revivalists, Tumbleweed Wanderers at The Chop Shop – NoDa, Charlotte.
• Thursday: Queens of the Stone Age at Uptown Amphitheater – NC Music Factory, Charlotte and Man Man, Sylvan Esso, Hectorina at The Chop Shop – NoDa, Charlotte.
“And that was all she wrote.”
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