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By Courtney Devores

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Farewell Drifters

Friday 8 p.m. Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $12-$14. www.eveningmuse.com.

The Nashville, Tenn., roots-pop group previews material from its third album, “Tomorrow Forever,” which is set for a Jan. 28 release. The group relies heavily on sunny ’60s and ’70s pop, but remains traditional enough to make the bluegrass charts and play MerleFest.

Mickie James

Friday 9 p.m. Tremont Music Hall, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $15-$35. www.tremontmusichall.com.

Catch the former WWE Diva-turned-country-singer – and if you’re a pro-wrestling fan but haven’t caught Charlotte’s own PWX indie wrestling yet, come early (6-8 p.m.) for your chance to cheer the excellent up-and-coming talent at pre-concert matches.

Math the Band

Friday 9 p.m. The Milestone Club, 3400 Tuckaseegee Road. $5-$10. www.themilestoneclub.com.

With its Kickstarter-funded album, “Stupid & Weird” (which more than doubled its goal) scheduled for 2014, this coed, retro, synth-punk duo returns with more of its outrageously fun, video-game music-inspired, hardcore bleeps. Imagine Matt & Kim without any brakes.

Lucy Kaplansky

Saturday 8 p.m. Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $17-$19. www.eveningmuse.com.

It’s been decades since the NYC folk singer (Shawn Colvin’s former musical partner) returned to music after pursuing a career as a psychologist. She brings empathy, as well as a unique alto and a gift for detailed storytelling, to the songs on her latest record, “Reunion.”

Molly Gene One Whoaman Band

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

Like a descendant of the ’90s female hard rock quartet L7, this Missouri musician plays the kind of gnarly blues where you can hear the metal slide rub against steel strings while operating a drum kit with her feet and singing mean, pained, sexy, Delta blues songs.

Crunk Witch

Wednesday 9 p.m. The Milestone Club, 3400 Tuckaseegee Road. $6-$8. www.themilestoneclub.com.

Neither rap nor goth (although closer to the latter), the curiously yet fabulously named duo actually makes synth-pop that sounds like the violently beautiful collision of early Depeche Mode, disco, techno and dubstep, but with plaintive vocals and meaningful lyrics.

New Politics

Thursday 7 p.m. Amos’ Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St. $15. www.amossouthend.com.

With its catchy single “Harlem” in everything from Disney’s “Frozen” to Windows 8 ads, guest spots on Conan O’Brien’s and Jimmy Fallon’s late-night shows, and a job as an opener for Pink, this break-dancing, Copenhagen-bred, Brooklyn-based trio is poised to break big.

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