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Top 7 concerts for fall 

Say you were there before these acts explode

As the summer concert season winds down, the fall touring stretch heats up. There are plenty of performances worth catching, but we've narrowed it down to the top seven artists to see this fall — the ones who never/rarely hit Charlotte or are especially noteworthy.

Ab-Soul (Sept. 22; The Fillmore) — So, maybe he hasn't quite hit the mainstream hype level of labelmate Kendrick Lamar, or even Schoolboy Q, but that doesn't mean Ab-Soul isn't noteworthy with his own sly, lyrical style.

5 Seconds of Summer (Sept. 27; PNC Music Pavilion) — Do it for the kids. This pop-punk outfit from Australia got the endorsement from One Direction and became an overnight sensation. They've already announced a tour for next fall. Catch them now when they're just the opener.

Jessica Hernandez and The Deltas (Oct. 14; Neighborhood Theatre) — St. Paul and the Broken Bones have captured the buzz for a while, but assuming you've caught their show before, it's opener Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas that are the must-see on this rock 'n' soul show.

Neon Hitch (Nov. 1; Double Door Inn) — This British pop singer reached buzzworthy status when she signed to Warner Bros. and hit the festival circuit ... and then it got quiet. She's finally releasing her debut album independently this fall and hitting the road in support. It could be the last time she plays a small club like this.

Slayer (Nov. 23; The Fillmore) — So, guitarist Jeff Hanneman died and drummer Dave Lombardo got fired. It's still Slayer and fans of thrash metal still hold these guys on high.

Gwar (Nov. 28; Tremont Music Hall) — Well, this is getting depressing ... Gwar singer Dave Brockie died at age 50 earlier this year and many assumed that would be the end of the band. However, they're heading back on tour this fall as a tribute to the late singer. Consider it a mobile memorial service.

St. Vincent (Dec. 12; Time Warner Cable Arena) — St. Vincent passed through town before with David Byrne, but her solo performances are capturing rave reviews all around. She's making her shows more of a visual event through artistic choreography, which is almost as good as the music itself.

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