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Hot Concerts

By Courtney DevoresCourtney Devores
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- ROBBIE FULKS
Songwriter/guitarist Robbie Fulks.

Koffin Kats

Friday 9 p.m. The Milestone Club, 3400 Tuckaseegee Road. $5-$7. www.themilestoneclub.com.

The Detroit punk trio channels the ghost of early Misfits with horror themes, catchy sing-along choruses, Danzig-like phrasing and haunted-house riffs and mixes it with the thrashing guitar sound of Motorhead.

Vanessa Carlton

Saturday 8:30 p.m. Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $25-$30. www.visulite.com.

After medical issues forced her to postpone last fall’s shows, the piano-pop songstress returns to the road. She recently married and is more than halfway done with her next album, which may be her most experimental yet.

Robbie Fulks

Saturday 9 p.m. Double Door Inn, 1218 Charlottetown Ave. $12-$15. www.doubledoorinn.com.

It’s no surprise that this Americana songwriter/guitarist’s latest album, “Gone Away Backward,” is among critics’ favorites of 2013 with its balance of bluegrass notes, classic country delivery and literary storytelling.

Skinny Puppy

Monday 7 p.m. Amos’ Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St. $20-$25. www.amossouthend.com.

Following the release of 2013’s critically acclaimed “Weapon,” the veteran industrial-goth group returns with plans to re-release 2004’s still-timely “The Greater Wrong of the Right” later this year.

Lauryn Hill

Tuesday 8 p.m. The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $69.50. www.livenation.com.

The former Fugee has received positive reviews since fulfilling her three-month incarceration for tax evasion. Backed by a crack live band, she delivers a mix of twists on older solo and Fugees tracks and newer singles.

Jon Batiste & Stay Human

Thursday 7:30 p.m. McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St. $9.50-$29.50. www.blumenthalarts.org.

The 26-year-old New Orleans-raised piano prodigy is taking jazz into the futurewith a respect for the traditional, he’s making fresh and contemporary tunes for young, hip, working-class crowds.

Snarky Puppy

Thursday 8 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $18-$20. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.

The jazz fusion outfit has finally arrived on the national stage for its own work, having recently snagged the Grammy for Best R&B Performance after years of backing the likes of Erykah Badu, Justin Timberlake and others.

Sun Brother

Thursday 9 p.m. The Milestone Club, 3400 Tuckaseegee Road. $9. www.themilestoneclub.com.

Imagine Lenny Kravitz with the occasional falsetto fronting an indie rock band and you’re in the ballpark of this Greenville, S.C., combo that neatly marries math rock, touches of reggae-pop and jangly funk.

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