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Hot Concerts

By Courtney Devores

Mark Kano & Mike Garrigan/Cravin’ Melon

Friday 7:30 p.m. Amos’ Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St. $10-$12. www.amossouthend.com.

Nostalgic for ’90s regional heavy hitters? The acoustic duo of Kano and Garrigan are veterans of rock acts Athenaeum and Collapsis, which – along with Melon – put out major-label releases in the wake of Hootie’s success.

Junior Astronomers/HRVRD

Friday 9 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $8-$12. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.

Get clued into some of the city’s best touring acts, both of which spent the better part of 2013 releasing cohesive indie-rock albums on par with the year’s best and touring nationally.

Jeff Timmons’ Men of the Strip

Saturday 8 p.m. Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St. $20-$25. www.chopshopnoda.com.

The hunky 98 Degrees member turns his song and (sexy) dance show into a touring male revue, with skin courtesy of eight hot recruits who’ll star with him in an upcoming reality show. Expect several of the boy band’s hits.

Alternative Champs

Saturday 8:30 p.m. Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $8-$10.

www.visulite.com.

No one does theme parties and tongue-in-cheek performances quite like this Charlotte rock institution, fronted by Mike Mitschele. Dig out those leg warmers, jelly shoes and banana clips, because it’s an ’80s new wave Christmas.

Sidewalks/Tusker

Saturday 10 p.m. Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. $5. www.snugrock.com.

Ex-members of The Lights, Fluorescent hit reset with Sidewalks. Its third show marks its last with drummer Zach Irvin (who’s moving). It joins Winston-Salem riff-rock outfit Tusker, which counts guitarist Mike Tyson in its ranks.

Double Door

40th Anniversary

Sunday 9 p.m. Double Door Inn, 1218 Charlottetowne Ave. $10. www.doubledoorinn.com.

The blues club has hosted legendary acts like Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan and continues to feature blues staples – up-and-comers and locals. It turns 40 with club veteran Lenny Federal’s Federal Bureau of Rock ’n’ Roll.

Temperance League

Sunday 5 p.m. Thirsty Beaver, 1225 Central Ave. Free. 704-332-3612.

One of Charlotte’s busiest, most prolific rock bands (which is made up of area music vets) continues this pre-holiday tradition. Expect most of its two full-length albums, some of its early EPs, a new song or two, and surprises.

Paint Fumes

Wednesday 10 p.m. Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. Free. www.snugrock.com.

The Charlotte garage-rock trio finishes out its month-long residency with a Christmas night throwdown that’s sure to exorcise all the ham and sweets, family drama and holiday blues that may be a part of your high-stress season.

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