How many times have you been to a show listening to some band playing mediocre new songs youd just as soon not hear and had the thought: I sure wish theyd just play their best album straight through? Well, friend, you wont have to worry about that at Thursdays LP Tour show at Raleighs Red Hat Amphitheater. Matthew Sweet will open by playing his 1991 masterpiece Girlfriend album; followed by the Wailers doing Legend, the Bob Marley best-of; Soul Asylum performing 1992s Grave Dancers Union; and Big Head Todd and the Monsters offering up 1993s Sister Sweetly. Nothing but money shots, start to finish. Showtime is 6 p.m. Thursday and tickets are $36.30-$79.85. See redhatamphitheater.com for details.
• Bleeding Hearts proudly fly the Raleigh blue-collar rock flag, in that they have “The Sneer” down pat – that snarling edge to their guitars, vocals and words. All three are in full effect on their righteous new album, “Divorcing New York” (Slaphappy Records), which they’ll show off Saturday at Kings in Raleigh. Doors open at 9 p.m. and Royal Nites and Snake & the Plisskens open. Cover is $8 at the door; see kingsbarcade.com for details.
• Corrosion of Conformity plays its first local show in a while, Friday at Raleigh’s Pour House, the same night Little Brother rapper Big Pooh is at Kings; expatriate homegirl Tift Merritt is back to play the N.C. Museum of Art Saturday; Sunday brings R&B chanteuse Toni Braxton to Durham Performing Arts Center, and alternative-country forerunners Chris Hillman and Herb Pederson to the Carrboro ArtsCenter; and Thursday is action-packed, with Goner at Raleigh’s Tir Na Nogg, John Hiatt at Durham’s Carolina Theatre and Diarrhea Planet (the grossest name in showbiz) at Chapel Hill’s Local 506.