Justin Townes Earle
8 p.m. McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St. $20-$25. www.carolinatix.org.
Since playing Evening Muse before a rapt but sparse room in 2008, Steve Earle’s eldest son has released four albums that paint him as a tradition-steeped musical explorer. With Tift Merritt, a North Carolina native who has a voice that’s as sweet and pure as honeysuckle.
8 p.m. Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $20-$22. www.eveningmuse.com.
Though not as well-known as many of his peers, Russell is a songwriter’s songwriter who channels his outsider status into impeccably written originals. He’s also a published author and a regarded painter.
The Love Language
8 p.m. Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $12-$14. www.visulite.com.
It hasn’t released a new record since 2010’s “Libraries,” which simultaneously captured the indie-rock sound of the Raleigh band’s home base, and grand, atmospheric reverb-heavy pop-rock that drums up images of remote North Carolina vistas.
8:30 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $15-$30. 704-358-9298.
The original lineup – including keyboardist Matt McDonald – is on board for this improv-heavy outfit’s latest trek, which will feature the dynamics-driven mix of funky R&B, jazz, prog-rock, and electronic music that’s long fueled its flame.
8 p.m. Tremont Music Hall, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $15-$17. www.ticketfly.com.
The ever-evolving and prolific guitar virtuoso’s elastic style can veer from jazzy and percussive to mysterious and funky on her new record “Glow.” Her otherworldly instrumental work and her film scoring has attracted several A-list admirers.
Lamb of God
7 p.m. Fillmore Charlotte, 1000 N.C. Music Factory Blvd. $45. www.livenation.com.
The band is back on the road after a tumultuous year that includes cancelling summer dates due to singer Randy Blythe’s controversial incarceration in the Czech Republic. With In Flames, Hellyeah, and Sylosis.
Benefit for Mike Martin
8 p.m. Double Door Inn, 1218 Charlottetowne Ave. $10. www.doubledoorinn.com.
Martin has been undergoing cancer treatment while continuing to man the Double Door’s bar. With the Spongetones, Gigi Dover & Big Love, the Federal Brothers, Don Dixon and the Jump Rabbits, and Sonny Skyyz and the Rainmakers.