Corinne Bailey Rae
Saturday 8 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $31-$41. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.
A decade after first convincing fans to “Put (her) Records On” and six years since her last full-length, the Grammy-winning British singer-songwriter is back with the new album, “The Heart Speaks in Whispers.” On it, she and husband and co-producer Steve Brown lace loose jazz, gentle slow jams, synth-driven pop and delicate R&B.
Saturday 8 p.m. The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $15. www.livenation.com.
Mining a world of ’80s pop and dance music, the alter ego of South African-born producer-turned-band leader Jean-Philip Grobler writes modern synth-pop songs that could be mistaken for New Order circa 1987. “Matter,” its 2016 release, is awash in synthesizers, Grobler’s strong vocal presence, and a thread of positivity.
Saturday 10 p.m. Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. $5. www.snugrock.com.
Charlotte area trio Amigo teams with Greenville, S.C.’s the Long Canes on the new split seven-inch single “I Wanna Live” as well as at this EP release show. The EP, which includes digital tracks of the bands covering each other’s songs, should appease fans anxious for the next full-length Amigo release due in 2017.
Tuesday 8 p.m. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. $42.50-$67.50. www.ticketmaster.com.
On the folk-rock singer-songwriter’s sixth album, “Spirit,” he continues to expand his sound by digging deeper into soul and symphonic pop with orchestral strings, beats and other production flourishes that give his tracks a bigger adult contemporary sound without cutting out the folk singer heart that’s long resonated with fans of his music.
Wednesday 8 p.m. The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $35. www.livenation.com.
The British rock veteran led by Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy recently opened for Guns n’ Roses’s Not in This Lifetime tour and returned with its 10th album, “Hidden City.” Rich in Astbury’s leading-man croon, Duffy’s boogying blues licks and the band’s signature goth metal aesthetic, “City” sounds much like vintage Cult.
Built to Spill
Wednesday 8 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $20-$25. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com
The Idaho-born outfit led by Doug Martsch continues to balance fuzzy guitar rock, psychedelic musings, pastoral shading, and hooks that are dramatically big and catchy for an indie rock band that cut its quirky musical teeth in the ’90s alt-rock landscape alongside Sonic Youth, Dinosaur, Jr. and Pavement.
Thursday 9 p.m. Double Door Inn, 1218 Charlottetowne Ave. $8. www.doubledoorinn.com.
Australia’s first lady of blues brings her “More Guitars than Friends” Tour to the soon-to-be-demolished local fixture for what’s likely the last time. Piper, who spikes her Texas swing and bawdy blues with humor and sex appeal, moved to Florida two years ago. The move is fitting given the American South’s presence in her music.