8 p.m. Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $17-$19. 704-376-3737.
The acclaimed folk singer-songwriter took an unusual career path. An early peer of Shawn Colvin and Suzanne Vega, she left music for clinical psychology until she was drawn back in the early 1990s. She released her seventh album, “Reunion,” in September.
Max Baca and Los Texmaniacs
8 p.m. Don Gibson Theater, 318 S. Washington St., Shelby. $21. www.dongibsontheater.com.
This Grammy-winning group captures the sound of South Texas’ Conjunto – a style marked by accordion and bajo sexto (a 12-string Mexican guitar) – mixing classic waltzes, boleros, ballads, polka and Western swing in tribute to cities like Corpus Christi and El Paso.
The Old Ceremony
10 p.m. Double Door Inn, 1218 Charlottetown Ave. $12. 704-376-1446.
There’s a thread of waltzing old ’50s and ’60s rock ’n’ roll combined with songwriting chops on this indie-rock-meets-gypsy-folk-flavored band’s fifth album, “Fairytales and Other Forms of Suicide,” which should draw greater attention to the Chapel Hill outfit.
Joe Buck Yourself
10 p.m. Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. $5. www.ticketfly.com.
With his mohawk, he looks like a survivor of late ’70s street punk. (He actually made his name playing with alt-country-leaning artists Legendary Shack Shakers and Hank III.) Solo, he falls somewhere between growling punk and rockabilly-flavored country.
Tea Leaf Green
8 p.m. Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $15. www.visulite.com.
Like peers My Morning Jacket and moe, this prolific and diverse San Francisco outfit expands on the old idea of a jam band by channeling the Bee Gees, Southern rock, the Grateful Dead and a funky carnival barker from one track to the next.
A Troop of Echoes
8 p.m. Milestone Club, 3400 Tuckaseegee Road. $5-$8. www.etix.com.
Ready for original? This Rhode Island instrumental outfit unites mathy guitar rock and lyrical saxophone in a cinematic, experimental marriage that works quite well – as if an indie rock band got a job scoring Showtime’s “Homeland.”
9 p.m. Double Door Inn, 1218 Charlottetown Ave. $10. www.doubledoorinn.com.
The Pennsylvania-based blues singer has a deep, lived-in alto that sounds years beyond her 20s and is capable of tackling blues, R&B and Americana. She wrapped up an Indiegogo.com campaign this week to fund her upcoming fourth album.