Friday 8 p.m. The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $43.58. www.livenation.com.
Mike Ness and company return with a lineup that reflects his band’s country-punk aesthetic – Greenville, S.C., native Nikki Lane, who captures classic country with a punky modern edge, and Fort Collins, Colorado’s Drag the River, which is the long-running fringe-country side project from All vocalist Chad Price.
God Save the Queen City, day 2
Friday 8 p.m. Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St. $20. www.chopshopnoda.com.
Night two of the fifth annual homegrown indie music fest features locals Bubonik Funk, Junior Astronomers and Ancient Cities along with Mississippi’s Water Liars, and Nashville, Tennessee’s Pujol, Music Band, Kansas Bible Company and Diarrhea Planet. Even if you aren’t familiar with the bands, GSTQC can be counted to deliver on ones to watch.
God Save the Queen City, finale
Saturday 7 p.m. The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $33.58. www.livenation.com.
Dean Ween, the Alternative Champs, Benji Hughes and Futurebirds close out the fest at the Fillmore; elsewhere around the Music Factory, Temperance League, Giant Squid Squad, Hungry Girl, the Sammies, Black Market and Pullman Strike kick off the festivities Saturday afternoon at Small Bar, Bootlegger’s and VGBG.
Doug McCurry & the Verticals
Saturday 10 p.m. Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. $10-$12. www.snugrock.com.
For his first solo album under his own name, the Superchunk frontman channels ’80s synth-pop and post-new wave, which translates to the heavy longing of a John Hughes soundtrack with subtle nods to the era of the Cure, the Smiths and Let’s Active. Not simply a nostalgic turn, it’s also a great listen that gets a guitar rock makeover live.
Here Come the Mummies
Thursday 8 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $20-$22. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.
Rumored to be Grammy-winning musicians donning weathered bandages and armed with a pile of horns and guitars, the 10-piece band resurrected from its Tunis tomb create some of the best sexually charged funk and Latin grooves since the genre’s ’70s heyday – all while wrapped head-to-toe like it’s Halloween.
Thursday 8 p.m. Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $10. www.eveningmuse.com.
A favorite of Ramseur Records’ Dolph Ramseur (who released a couple of the prolific songwriter’s albums), the founder and frontman of English ’80s cult faves the Daintees makes a rare stateside run through the South with Helen McCookerybook (Chefs, Helen & the Horns). If you miss the Muse gig, they’re at Catawba Coffee in Mount Holly Friday.