Friday 7 p.m. Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $28.50-$48.50. www.livenation.com.
A self-made indie band in the ’90s, the Boston trio took a nearly decade-long hiatus before regrouping in 2011. During its absence and in the time since, its legend has grown in the roots-rock and jam community. New album “America: Location 12” shows that the band’s post-reunion work really gels. Dispatch co-headlines with fellow Bostonians Guster; ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro opens.
Holly Lorette/Willow & Wood
Friday 9 p.m. Petra’s Bar, 1919 Commonwealth Ave. $8. www.petraspianobar.com.
Singer-songwriter Lorette is an N.C. native who gradually returned to her family’s roots in music over the past 15 years – first as a fiddler, then embracing her vocal command of jazzy pop and Americana. Similarly, Willow Scrivner takes her religious upbringing and twists it into dreamy folk-rock (with the help of guitarist Kevin Wood) to create something equally spiritual.
Queen City Metalfest
Saturday 6 p.m. The Underground, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $10.
Wonder what happened to all those metal, hard rock and screamo bands that were staples at Tremont Music Hall and Amos’ Southend closed? This third annual show rounds up many of the region’s long-running bands, including Skinkage, Something Clever, Black Ritual, Auxilia, Blackwater Drowning, A Light Divided, Annabel Lee and Vices & Vessels.
Chicago/The Doobie Brothers
Saturday 7:15 p.m. PNC Music Pavilion, 707 Pavilion Blvd. $29-$99.50. www.livenation.com.
On the surface, 2016 Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee Chicago’s jazz-inflected, horn-fueled pop-rock and the Doobie Brothers’ harmony-driven R&B and country-infused rock n’ roll may seem an odd mix, but they churned out hits in the ’70s and early ’80s side by side, and remain a staple at classic rock radio. Together, they’ll undoubtedly deliver a hit-packed show with tight musicianship.
Saturday 8 p.m. Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $15-$20. www.visulite.com.
His willingness to address such heady issues as Islamophobia, immigration, the wage gap, politics, and policy with a passionate, forceful delivery but without profanity would make the D.C. artist/producer an anomaly in mainstream hip-hop. Yet his eighth solo album, “The Ice Age,” proves that he remains one of hip-hop’s most acclaimed underground acts. With Good Compny and Olivier St. Louis.
Tuesday 9 p.m. The Milestone Club, 3400 Tuckaseegee Road. $10. www.themilestoneclub.com.
This is the new name of singer-songwriter Mariel Loveland’s band (formerly Candy Hearts), the pop-punk outfit she’s fronted since she was a teen. With a new name comes less angst; she says it signifies her coming to terms with the anxiety that was such a factor in her previous songwriting. Best Ex’s debut EP, “Ice Cream Anti-Social,” is out this summer.
Wednesday 9 p.m. The Milestone Club, 3400 Tuckaseegee Road. $10-$12. www.themilestoneclub.com.
Although its long list of former members could fill a small high school year book, the NYC-based third wave ska act remains a hard-touring entity under the leadership of its British founder Buck, who moved to the States to manage a comic-book store in 1980. He brought his passion for the racially unifying 2 Tone ska of acts like the Specials to the U.S. The band turns 36 this year.