1 Gil Scott-Heron
8 p.m. Thursday, Neighborhood Theatre ($20-$25)
Cocaine, jail and HIV have kept this influential poet/musician/author/activist (whose “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” signaled the start of hip-hop) out of the spotlight. So his return is not to be missed. 704-358-9298.
2 Jill Scott
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7:30 p.m. Sunday, Ovens Auditorium ($47-$57)
On Tuesday she ended a 20-song set at Carnegie Hall with a hymn-like new song after carrying fans through what Rolling Stone called a “relationship roller-coaster.” www.ticketmaster.com.
3 Gigi Dover
8 p.m. today, Evening Muse ($8-$10)
It's a mystery why this terrific and fiery Charlotte export and her crack band aren't signed to an alt-country label like Lost Highway or New West where her soul, rock, and country could find a larger audience. 704-376-3737
8 p.m. Saturday, Neighborhood Theatre ($12-$14)
This Montreal outfit's second album, “Arm's Way,” plays out with arena-ready orchestral arrangements and gruesome images weighting its indie-rock. 704-358-9298.
8 p.m. Saturday, Milestone ($8)
With gritty redneck punk and outlaw country, Travis and Liza Kenney marry Southern rock, snarling attitude, and “King of the Hill” with PBR-soaked anthems. www.themilestoneclub.com
9:30 p.m. today, Tremont ($25)
In his 20-plus year career as one of dancehall reggae's biggest exports, the DJ/vocalist has courted controversy while promoting spirituality. 704-343-9494.
7 Brass Bed
9 p.m. Sunday, Snug Harbor ($3)
Lafayette, La., indie-pop group combines the earnestness of the singer-songwriter genre with the glow of the Beach Boys and quirky rock of the Flaming Lips. 704-333-9799.
8 Bill Kirchen
8 p.m. Thursday, Visulite ($12-$14)
Telecaster-slinging elder statesmen of rockabilly best known for his contribution to Commander Cody's 1972 hit “Hot Rod Lincoln” . 704-358-9200.
9 My Milky Way Arms
10 p.m. Wednesday, Snug Harbor ($5)
Houston-based electronic trio evokes My Bloody Valentine backing Thom Yorke and the Raveonettes with reverb-soaked church organ. 704-333-9799.
10 Joshua James
8 p.m. Thursday, Evening Muse ($8-$10)
Listen to James' gentle, soft vocals and sprawling orchestral pop compositions. 704-376-3737.
11 Lonely H
10 p.m. today, Snug Harbor ($5)
If Kings of Leon wrote big bouncing piano-pop songs, it might sound like this guitar and piano-led Washington state group. 704-333-9799.
12 Blue Dogs
10 p.m. today, Visulite ($12)
The Charleston-based Blue Dogs have been fusing bluegrass and rock and styles in between for more than 20 years. 704-358-9200.