9 p.m. Tremont Music Hall, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $7. www.ticketfly.com.
While this Charlotte band is anchored in rootsy country thanks to pedal steel and a helping of twang its a Southern rock band at heart that sometimes hits on the driving force of early Pretenders. With the Sammies and Motel Glory.
Run Forever/State Lines
8 p.m. Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. $5. www.ticketfly.com.
The two indie bands (the former is a Pittsburgh trio, the latter Brooklyn-based) make unpolished punk with ample angst and recordings that serve to remind listeners what emo records sounded like before mall punk was mainstream.
Carolina Gator Gumbo/Jackomo
8:30 p.m. Double Door Inn, 1218 Charlottetown Ave. $8. 704-376-1446.
Charlottes Carolina Gator Gumbo has cooked up Creole and Cajun music since the early 90s, while Asheville-based Jackomo is a newer Cajun country combo. Both have long traveled to learn the Louisiana tradition from its masters.
Tyler Hilton/Teddy Geiger/Ryan Cabrera
8 p.m. Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $12-$15. www.visulite.com.
Its three singer-songwriters with TV and film backgrounds: Hilton was on WB/CW hit One Tree Hill and in the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line; Geiger in the film comedy The Rocker; and Cabrera on reality shows like MTVs The Hills.
Math the Band
8 p.m. Milestone Club, 3400 Tuckaseegee Road. $5. www.etix.com.
The enthusiastic and quirky electro-punk duo approaches Game Boy rock with the speed of death metal and the peppiness of pop-punk, using analog synthesizers, vintage drum machines, and yes, 8-bit video game systems.