Hot dozen

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

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

4 Islands

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.

5 Hammerlock

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

6 Capleton

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.