Doyle Bramhall II
Friday 8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $30-$35, www.neighborhoodtheatre.com
After a 10-year break from recording that found the bluesy singer-songwriter/guitarist working with Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow, and Tedeschi Trucks, and mining the sounds of Africa and India for inspiration, Bramhall released “Rich Man” which draws on those experiences, as well as loss and mortality.
Friday 10 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $8-$10, www.snugrock.com
On its recent album, “Deluxe,” the Atlanta outfit makes disjointed jangly guitar, flatly disaffected vocals and generally unconventional arrangements catchy and memorable in the `90s-indie-rock vein of Pavement and Built To Still – but with the off-kilter quirk of Wire and Devo. They’re joined by Konvoi and locals Patois Counselors.
Friday 7:30 p.m., Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., $8-$10, www.eveningmuse.com
The Charlotte quartet’s sophomore album hits on go-go, funk, Santana-esque blues, ’70s rock, Prince and the unique ability to channel both Michael McDonald and Van Hunt. This should come as no surprise, considering its origins for anyone who remembers the early `00s era of Blakrayn. Supastition, Tony McCullough, Derrick Hines, Joel Barnett and Dr. James Armstrong, who guest on the album, will be in the house to celebrate the record’s release.
Sunday 7 p.m., Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St., $24-$89.50, www.blumenthalarts.org
With her 13th album, “Turn Up the Quiet,” the Canadian jazz pianist and singer-songwriter interprets jazz standards with the help of guest musicians and late producer Tommy LiPuma, who died shortly before the album’s 2017 release. She revisits these and other Krall originals and classics on her “Turn Up the Quiet World” tour.
Sunday 8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $30-$35, www.neighborhoodtheatre.com
As the daughter of bossa nova pioneer Joao Gilberto and singer Miucha, the Brazilian-American vocalist was nearly destined to carry on that tradition. But with explorations into electronic music and acoustic lounge, she’s expanded both the scope of Brazilian music and its reach, becoming one of the biggest-selling Brazilian artists in the world.
The Exploding Boy/Feeding Fingers
Wednesday 9 p.m., The Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd., $8-$10, www.themilestone.club
Charlotte gets a shot of Euro-cool with Swedish outfit the Exploding Boy (named after the Cure song) and Italy-based Feeding Fingers, who boast members from Atlanta, Austria and Germany. Both draw on dark early punk, new wave, goth and synth-pop, comparable to the moody whims of Joy Division, Depeche Mode, the Cure and Interpol – not a sound that Charlotte gets to enjoy live often.
Thursday 8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $30, www.livenation.com
The Latin Grammy-winning foursome and Mexico’s closest export to the Beastie Boys, Molotov’s music extends beyond any one language, thanks to its vibrant grooves and punk rock aesthetic. Hitting on alt-rock, hip-hop, Latin and punk, the band who helped usher in the hit show “Breaking Bad” (a track was featured in the first episode) continues to cross cultural boundaries and confront stereotypes with attitude and wit.