1 Tarrus Riley
8 p.m. Wednesday, Neighborhood Theatre
($18 to $25)
The second-generation reggae singer (he's the son of Jimmy Riley) sets himself apart from his peers infusing his songwriting with '70s soul, gospel, and pop appeal and pure, heartfelt vocals that evoke romance and spirituality. 704-358-9298.
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2 LA Riots
10 p.m. Thursday, The Forum ($10)
This Los Angeles DJ duo made a name for itself remixing and mashing tracks by Weezer, Justice and the Ting Tings and converting fans like MSTRKRFT and Urb Magazine. Award-winning Atlanta turntablist Klever also spins. www.groovetickets.com.
3 Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers/Cowboy Mouth
8 p.m. Tuesday, Amos' ($15 to $18)
The one-time Refreshments leader, who wrote and performed the theme to Fox's “King of the Hill,” continues to make swinging roots-rock. He and his band open for New Orleans' longtime party band Cowboy Mouth. 704-377-6874.
4 Jambang/Greg Ginn & the Texas Corrugators
8 p.m. Sunday, Milestone ($8)
Black Flag founder Ginn helms both of these instrumental projects – the first an improvisational jam band-of-sorts with footing in '60s psychedelics, the second taking a loose, experimental jazz/western swing route. www.themilestoneclub.com.
5 Anthony Green/Good Old War
Saturday, Tremont ($12 to $14)
Emocore gets rootsy as the Circa Survive and Sound of Animals Fighting vocalist goes solo, backed by opening trio Good Old War, who wrap Beatles-inspired harmonies around folksy Americana on its new disc, “Only Way to Be Alone.” 704-343-9494.
8 p.m. Friday, Tremont ($6 to $9)
The Columbia four-piece punctuates its danceable songs with Duran Duran-like bass lines and synthesizers and modern pop-rock vocals. Regional standouts Marry a Thief, All Get Out, and Transmission Fields open. 704-343-9494.
7 Toubab Krewe
8 p.m. Friday, Neighborhood Theatre ($12)
Having studied with musicians in Mali, Ivory Coast, and Guinea, this percussion-focused Asheville combo brings international rhythms to its fresh tribal fusion of rock and West African musical styles. 704-358-9298.
8 p.m. Wednesday, Amos' ($20 to $23)
The '90s Seattle grunge-lite group responsible for the mainstream rock hits “It's Alright,” “Far Behind” and “Cover Me” returned after a near-decade-long hiatus from the charts with 2008's Top 15 single “Stand.” 704-377-6874.
9 Benevento Russo Duo
8 p.m. Thursday, Visulite ($12 to $14)
The instrumental pair that started as an organ and drum duo now adds more instruments to the mix, veering from trippy jazz exercises to ethereal ambient rock to machine-like dance floor beats to Primus-like workouts that are rooted in jam rock, but don't come off as traditional. 704-358-9200.
10 Saving Abel
7 p.m. Thursday Amos' ($12 to $14)
This Mississippi hard rockers incorporate the grooves of metal's party years, the self-seriousness of '90s grunge, and the pop savvy of modern Southern rockers 3 Doors Down and Daughtry on its recent self-titled breakthrough. 704-377-6874.
11 Gigi Dover and Big Love
9 p.m. Saturday, Rodi (FREE)
The Charlotte singer-songwriter and her top-notch band deliver roots-rock and Memphis soul like the seasoned veterans that they are. It's a wonder they haven't been scooped up by an edgy alt-country label. 704-864-7634.
12 The Donkeys
9 p.m. Monday, The Thirsty Beaver (FREE)
On the eve of the release of its second album, “Living on the Other Side,” this San Diego outfit headlines a four-band bill with mellow and cinematic California roots harmonies reminiscent of the Traveling Wilburys and Beach Boys if they were bar, not star, bands.