Mark O’Connor and Friends
Friday 7:30 p.m. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. $29. www.blumenthalarts.org.
The violinist (and first-ever Symphony artist in residence) – who’s as at home playing with classical cellist Yo-Yo Ma as he is with bluegrass icon Jerry Douglas – brings in his Grammy-winning family band to play original O’Connor compositions with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. The O’Connor Band will do a few on its own, too, in this next altsounds show
Friday 8 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $22-$25. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.
Long before Nirvana and Pearl Jam, the sound of the Pacific Northwest was that of this garage rock forerunner. Its raw performances and spikey rock songs influenced generations, from Springsteen to Kurt Cobain to Sweden’s the Hives. They’d disbanded by 1968, but an invitation to a play a festival in 2007 sparked a reunion that’s kept them touring and recording for the past 10 years.
Friday 8:30 p.m. The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $46. www.livenation.com.
One of the biggest young R&B stars of the ’90s, the singer/actress returned to the concert stage for the first time in eight years as a headliner on 2016’s Slayana World Tour, which was cut short due to exhaustion. She hasn’t released a new album since 2012 (in 2016 she sued her label), but an appearance at Atlanta’s Funk Fest puts her back in Charlotte’s orbit.
Friday 10 p.m. Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. $10. www.snugrock.com.
The title of the Asheville quartet’s new album, “Ramble Beyond,” is a fitting indication of the group’s non-linear approach to music. While dubbed a metal or stoner rock band, it incorporates shades of folk, Americana, doom and psychedelic atmospherics, and explores historical characters in a way rarely heard in hard rock. Released on CD and digital formats in March, it sees its official LP release on NC’s Self Aware Records this week.
Miss Tess & the Talk Backs
Saturday 10:30 p.m. Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $8-$10. www.eveningmuse.com.
On her new album, “Baby, We All Know,” the Nashville band leader flits from Dr. John-worthy piano jams to rousing rockabilly, with a versatile delivery that echoes ’70s country-rock singer-songwriters like Linda Ronstadt and Rita Coolidge. Live, she has personality to spare.
Tuesday 8 p.m. The Underground, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $25. www.livenation.com.
Its definitive 2004 hit “Take Me Out” remains an alt-rock radio staple as the Scottish rock band heads back to the U.S. for its first stateside tour in three years. Never ones to shy away from history, politics and culture, in 2016 it released an anti-Trump track, “Demagogue,” for a pre-election series of protest songs poking fun at the man who is now our president.
Sunday 8 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $25-$28. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.
Singer-songwriter Todd Snider heads up this all-star collective with Widespread Panic’s rhythm section Dave Schools and Duane Trucks, guitarist Neal Casal (Ryan Adams, Chris Robinson Brotherhood), keyboardist Chad Staehly, and multi-instrumentalist Jesse Aycock. The band has quickly built a reputation for its rowdy mix of rocking Americana and jam band improvisation.
Wednesday 8 p.m. Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $16-$20. www.visulite.com.
Laura Pergolizzi’s career trajectory offers a lesson in perseverance. While SiriusXM listeners likely think the voice behind 2016’s single “Lost on You” is a fresh new face in indie pop, the Long Islander first appeared on a Cracker track in 1998, released solo records, and finally had a hit as a songwriter with Rihanna’s “Cheers (Drink to That)” after a decade of major-label ping-pong. Now she’s finally getting her due as a solo artist.
Wednesday 8 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $28-$33. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.
When the Baltimore duo played the NoDa venue the first time – shortly after the club’s sale and renovation in 2013 – the heat and humidity in the room added another layer to the band’s swirl of dreamy melodies, sleepy vocals and ever-present reverb. The physical atmosphere should be less stifling this time around, leaving the shoegazers to transport their audience with a beautifully murmuring wall of sound.