The Letter Jackets/Tonk
Fri 8:30 p.m. Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $8. www.visulite.com.
The aptly named Tonk teams with fellow Raleighites the Letter Jackets, who are heavier on the folk-rock than twangy, pedal steel-colored honky-tonk. Both feature members of internationally known bluegrass band Chatham County Line.
George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic
Fri 8:30 p.m. Amos’ Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St. $35-$40/VIP $65. www.amossouthend.com.
At 72, the Kannapolis-born funk father’s marathon sets may not be as endless, but he’s as active as ever onstage and off – releasing new music with Sly Stone, fighting for artist rights and music education and receiving an honorary doctorate.
Sat 8 p.m. Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $8. www.eveningmuse.com.
The prolific “newgrass”/folk-rock band (which moved to Charlotte from Elkins) celebrates the release of its fourth album, “Disguise the Limits,” with a sense of humor, heart, charisma and – most notably – ear-catching instrumental interplay.
Sat 10 p.m. Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. $10. www.snugrock.com.
The original dirty rapper – a caped, masked hip-hop superhero of sorts whose risqué rhymes predate 2 Live Crew by decades – turned 75 on Valentine’s Day. His CIAA-timed birthday tour is a budget alternative to uptown’s pricier parties.
Mon 8 p.m. The Milestone Club, 3400 Tuckaseegee Road. $15. www.themilestoneclub.com.
The Georgia metalcore outfit has long played large clubs like Tremont Music Hall and Amos’ Southend, but fans can catch them in a much more intimate setting, touring behind 2013’s dark, aggressive, groove- and speed-driven “Wrongdoers.”
Shovels & Rope
Tue 8 p.m. Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $15. www.visulite.com.
The Charleston couple brought down the house opening for the Avett Brothers at Time Warner Cable Arena on New Year’s Eve. Now, it’s the roots duo’s turn to headline, with buzz-building, boot-stompin’, heartfelt, harmony-driven tunes.
Wed 8 p.m. Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $18-$20. www.visulite.com.
Seemingly poised to become a premier, genre-blending singer-songwriter for the post-modern age, her hip-hop savvy pop songs have rock and soul guts, and her singing has the maturity of a British blues singer much older than her 27 years.
Thu 8:30 p.m. Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $15. www.visulite.com.
What sets its debut “From the Hills Below the City” apart from samey folk-rock acts is its ability to flit from psychedelic and gospel-tinged anthems to more intimate fare, and co-ed vocals that range from raspy rock to classic country.
Thu 10 p.m. Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. $3. www.snugrock.com.
If you are partial to the darker side of ’80s new wave and early alternative, then the distorted yet wickedly catchy synth-rock of Shannon Fields (Stars Like Fleas) makes a perfect precursor to Snug Harbor’s weekly Shiprocked! party.