David Mayfield Parade
Friday 8 p.m. Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $15. www.visulite.com.
The mighty showman and his band make some of the most heartfelt Americana you’ve ever heard with personality and humor. As a special treat, he and fiddler Ross Holmes (Mumford & Sons) will reunite for the first time on stage since their bluegrass days in Cadillac Sky.
We Butter the Bread with Butter
Friday 8 p.m. Tremont Music Hall, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $12-$15.
This German theatrical metal outfit fuses disparate elements like Sepultura-style growling with the pomp and bombast of fellow Deutsch hard rockers the Scorpions and Muse. There’s also a layer of shimmering synthesizers that recalls one-time arena giants like Europe and Asia.
St. Paul & the Broken Bones
Friday 9 p.m. Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St. $14. www.chopshopnoda.com.
Proving that Birmingham may in fact be the next Seattle, this vintage soul powerhouse – elevated by a charismatic frontman whose singing is rife with raw emotion and a crew of impeccable players – follows Alabama Shakes and Lee Bains on the road to national stardom.
Saturday 10 p.m. Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. $10. www.snugrock.com.
Former Guided By Voices bassist (and fiction writer/screenwriter) Jim Greer keeps the indie rock spirit of the ’90s alive through chunky, urgent rhythms and wailing but brief solos. But the trio’s fun, lo-fi alt-rock approach is tempered by female vocalist Guylaine Vivarat.
Three of Clubs Tour
Monday 8 p.m. Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $12-$15. www.visulite.com.
Charlotte’s own Flagship – which creates big, bold, emotional anthems in the spirit of early U2 and Muse – joins fellow up-and-comers Terraplane Sun and Little Daylight for the second round of the national tour that introduced Sweden’s Royal Concept to the U.S. last fall.
Tuesday 8 p.m. Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $12-$15. www.eveningmuse.com.
Fresh from SXSW, the Jersey singer (and former Charlottean) returns following the recent release of “Slow Phaser,” which is a bit of a game-changer. Recorded with Swedish producer Tore Johannson (the Cardigans), it’s a livelier, grander version of the always-striking vocalist.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Wednesday 7:30 p.m. McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St. $14.50-$59.50. www.blumenthalarts.org.
The 50-year-old New Orleans institution has long been known for keeping the city’s signature sound alive. But since Hurricane Katrina, the group widened its reach through collaborations with bluegrass legend Del McCoury and indie-jam royalty Jim James (My Morning Jacket).