Friday 7:30 p.m., PNC Music Pavilion, 707 Pavilion Blvd., $33-$66.25, www.livenation.com
The trio remains the kings and queen of pop-country on its new album, “Heart Break.” Aside from the Southern-steeped vocals, tracks like “You Look Good,” “The Army,” “Somebody Else’s Heart” and “Heart Break” have as much in common with Taylor Swift and Mumford & Sons as country radio, thanks to pop hooks, symphonic flourishes, funky horns and grand sing-alongs.
All Them Witches
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Friday 9 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $10-$15, www.visulite.com
One of the freshest acts to come out of Nashville in the last five years sounds more like it hails from the barren, Southwestern desert than Music City with its cosmic, cult rock and dark, moody Americana dirges. The four-piece manages to create heavy psychedelic experiments while remaining smart and accessible – as if Band of Horses were playing a séance in Joshua Tree.
Saturday 8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $22-$25, www.livenation.com
Twenty-five years after storming late-night MTV with dry wit and quirky anthems like “Teen Angst,” David Lowery’s second act (after his `80s band Camper Van Beethoven) remains a live force that defies easy classification. This time out it’s paired with Atlanta’s countrified, female-fronted Americana act Whiskey Gentry, equally high energy on its new album, “Dead Ringer.”
Queen City Jazz Fest
Saturday 9 p.m., Charlotte Metro Credit Union Uptown Amphitheater, 1000 NC Music Factory, $48-$90, www.livenation.com
The 3rd Annual Queen City Jazz Fest welcomes back smooth jazz favorites and a festival newbie. It marks the third year for keyboard and trombone player Brian Culbertson. Fellow returnee and keyboardist Jeff Lorber is joined by Everette Harp and Paul Jackson Jr. Saxophonist Mike Phillips, who had the distinction of playing with Prince, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson, is joined by Doug Bradshaw, and Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna makes her festival debut.
Cane Mill Road/The Looping Brothers
Sunday 7:30 p.m., Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., $8-$10, www.eveningmuse.com
A teenage bluegrass band from Doc Watson’s hometown of Deep Gap, NC, who has attracted the attention of the International Bluegrass Music Awards, Cane Mill Road is one of 30 up-and-coming bands selected to showcase at IBMA Awards in Raleigh in September. The foursome is paired with Germany’s Looping Brothers and Charlotte-based folk-singer/activist Si Kahn (who’ve recorded together), for what Kahn considers a mini international bluegrass festival.
Tuesday 6:30 p.m., Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheater, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $25-$190, www.livenation.com
Heavy musically, and heavy with history, these three bands have long been making moody, thick riffs, angry political punk, and melodic post-hardcore. Deftones, who’ll hit the 30-year mark in 2018, are the elder statesmen with their eighth album, “Gore.” But Thrice and Rise Against have clocked close to 20 years each. The former returned with a new album in 2016 after a six-year hiatus, and the latter’s “Wolves” came out last week.
Thursday 8 p.m., The Underground, 1000 NC Music Factory, $18, www.livenation.com
No one is having more fun making body-positive, feminist-alternative R&B and hip-hop than this Minneapolis artist. Since her solo debut in 2013, she’s covered harder-edged, minimalist hip-hop, feel-good `70s get-it-girl funk, blazing dance tracks that promote self-love and gospel-tinged balladry that celebrates independence. Real, realistic and smart, she may be the anti-Katy/anti-Taylor role model music needs.