Hot dozen

1 Maylene and the Sons of Disaster

6 p.m. Monday, Tremont ($13-$15)

The Alabama hard rockers take a break from writing new songs in Florida (they go into the studio in December) to give fans another sweat-filled, headbanging wallop of groove-oriented metal from its excellent last album “II.” 704-343-9494.

2 Mint Condition

8 tonight, Ovens Auditorium ($42-$52)

The R&B quintet responsible for 1992's “Breakin' My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)” and 1999's “If You Loved Me” returned earlier this year with the impressively mature and underrated disc “E-Life.” With Jon B. www.ticketmaster.com.

3 Dirtbombs

9 p.m. Saturday, Snug Harbor (FREE)

Few groups can match the low-end tackle of this Detroit garage-soul unit's two-bass-two-drums-and-guitar attack, which is surprisingly melodic and fuzzy. Tickets available through www.camelsmokes.com.

4 Shwayze

7 p.m. Thursday, Tremont ($14-$16)

The rapper – who collaborated with Whitestarr frontman Cisco Adler on every song on his self-titled debut album – makes summer party hip-hop jams that could only have originated from a Malibu trailer with smoke rolling out its windows. 704-343-9494.

5 Jennifer Batten

7 tonight, Alley Cat ($15)

The heavy-metal-shredding axe slinger has toured with Michael Jackson, Jeff Beck and performed on the American Music Awards as Britney Spears' guitarist. Her new collection of music, “WhatEver,” has been garnering rave reviews. 704-375-2779.

6 Jamdown Reggae Festival

9 tonight, Tremont ($10-$15)

Carolina Reggae Vibes and Reggae Central join forces for their first festival, which includes Caribbean food, novelty vendors and performances by headliners Crucial Fiya, Reggae Infinity, and Mr. Senti. 704-343-9494.

7 Simple/Bridges and Powerlines

11 tonight, Snug Harbor ($5)

If Frank Black had fronted the broody, lo-fi Breeders, it might've sounded like Carrboro's dynamics-driven indie-rock group Simple. New York's Bridges and Powerlines goes for a springier approach, with squawking synth and extroverted delivery. 704-333-9799.

8 The Academy Is …

6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Amos' ($17.50-$20)

The emo-pop favorites pay tribute to '80s films with its new disc “Fast Times at Barrington High” and a tour (dubbed “Bill and Trav's Bogus Journey”). But its latest material is in line with the crisp, vocals-driven pop-rock it's known for. 704-377-6874.

9 The Queers

8 p.m. Monday, Alley Cat (FREE)

Originally formed in 1982, this Northeastern pop-punk combo proved influential during the '90s with a snotty, breakneck brand of punk that bands like Blink 182 later took to the masses. With the Independents. 704-375-2779.

10 The Iguanas

7:30 p.m. Sunday, Visulite ($12-$14)

Five years after Hurricane Katrina separated the members of this New Orleans quartet, it's back with a new disc: “If You Should Ever Fall on Hard Times” (out Tuesday), a rootsy mix of Latin grooves, jazz, funk and Caribbean flavor. 704-358-9200.

11 The Bittersweets

8 p.m. Saturday, Evening Muse ($8-$10)

The aptly named folk-pop trio features guitarist Chris Meyers' sweetly sad lyrics, delivered like casual observances by Hannah Prater – who sings with a smooth silkiness that's never met a sharp edge. 704-376-1446.

12 Yonder Mountain

String Band

7 p.m. Thursday, Amos' ($22.50-$25)

The Colorado outfit returns in support of its latest disc, “Mountain Tracks: Volume 5,” a raw and organic double-disc live set that truly brings the loose concert feel home to the listener. 704-377-6874.