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