6:30 p.m. Tremont Music Hall, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $10. www.etix.com.
Taking one page from goth-punk/metal bands like Schoolyard Heroes and another from No Doubt, this L.A. group boils it all down into a sinister, noisy, circus-ready cabaret.
Garrison Starr/Maia Sharp/Adrianne Gonzalez
8 p.m. Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $12-$15. www.eveningmuse.com.
This talented trio of LGBT-friendly, folk-rock singer-songwriters features Starr, the spunky tomboy; Sharp, the mature peer favorite, covered by Cher, Dixie Chicks, Kathy Mattea and others; and Gonzalez, who fuses her visual art and her lyrics.
8 p.m. Stage Door Theater, Fifth and College streets. $22. 704-372-1000.
The gravely voice of this matter-of-fact veteran storyteller lends itself well to the lived-in, mature and sometimes playful songs about relationships that populate his newest album, “Over With You.”
9 p.m. Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $15. www.visulite.com.
With ties to “Fela!” (the Tony-winning musical on which two of its members served as musical directors) and a 15-year history as an influential force in the second wave of Afrobeat, the Daptone Records’ act straddles forward thinking and rhythmic tradition.
10 p.m. Republic, 314 N. College St. $15. www.thesolkitchen.com.
Before embarking on a three-year research project as a Harvard fellow, the Winston native, Little Brother member and Grammy-winning producer spins hip-hop classics.
8 p.m. Milestone Club, 3400 Tuckaseegee Road. $15-$17. www.etix.com.
Usually booked at much bigger venues, the group has been a fan and critical favorite since 2002’s “Domestica.” This rare intimate set follows the Midwesterner’s 2012 story-driven album, “I Am Gemini.”
8:30 p.m. Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $13-$15. www.visulite.com.
If you’ve missed this vintage-soul throwback on the late-night talk-show circuit or opening for the Roots during the DNC, you’re in for a surprise. Beneath the hippie-geek look lies a killer voice that has audiences doing a double take.
8:30 p.m. Visulite Theatre. 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $12-$15. www.visulite.com.
This Brooklyn (by way of the Midwest) outfit hovers somewhere between the riffing and rhythms of Minus the Bear and the gentle (thanks to the vocals) indie-rock of Death Cab for Cutie, but with jazz roots that add another layer of complexity.
9 p.m. Double Door Inn, 1218 Charlottetowne Ave. $12. 704-376-1446.
The 2012 Blues Music Awards soul/blues singer of the year survived a 2006 liver transplant and had his second cancerous lung tumor removed this summer. But he sounds like a youthful, driven vocalist channeling Motown and classic R&B like a male Sharon Jones.