Toad the Wet Sprocket
Fri 8 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $30-$35. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.
Reunited on the road for the past six years, the California alternative pop band is back with its first album since 1997 (out Sept. 17). If the title track is any indication, “New Constellation” updates Toad’s sound without sacrificing its harmony-driven pop formula.
Fri 10 p.m. Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. $5. www.snugrock.com.
The local trio delivers on early buzz with a new full-length album. With his gravelly voice, Robby Hale delivers honest storytelling that’s rich in working-class realism against gritty guitar and chugging rhythms that recall Dinosaur Jr. or a more gnarly Gaslight Anthem.
Sat 8 p.m. Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St. $10. www.chopshopnoda.com.
The Wilmington outfit’s psychedelic stoner metal features big, heavy anthems, and its new album “Blood Drive” balances Jason Shi’s soaring vocals with sludgy riffs and stomping tempos. With DSR, Gruppe 36, Mercia, Dr. Cirkustien, and Cop Graves.
Girls & Guitars Benefit
Wed 7:45 p.m. The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $12.69-$52.50. www.livenation.com.
Albemarle’s own “Dancing With the Stars” champ Kellie Pickler headlines this benefit for the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, which works to help seriously ill and injured children. With Katie Armiger, “The Voice’s” Cassadee Pope, Rachel Farley, and Maggie Rose.
Leopold & His Fiction
Wed 8 p.m. Tremont Music Hall, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $10. www.tremontmusichall.com.
Although frontman Daniel James looks like Freddie Mercury as a silent film star, this combo is rooted in classic folk and ’50s guitar rock and features James’ interesting songwriting – which can come across as simple folk music or Jack White-style garage rock.
Thu 8 p.m. Tremont Music Hall, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $20-$23. www.tremontmusichall.com.
The members of this international instrumental trio are experimental players with resumes that include stints with Asia, GPS, Steve Vai and Dethklok. Its adventurous fusion of flowery jazz, hard rock, blue and fluid licks will melt guitar geeks’ minds.
Thu 10 p.m. Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $10-$12. www.eveningmuse.com.
Justin Vernon’s (Bon Iver) former band mate Chris Porterfield is an impressive songwriter in his own right, as he proves as band leader for the folky Field Report, who stop by the Muse on the way to play Floyd Fest in Virginia this weekend. With Ancient Cities.
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