Hot dozen

1 Black Crowes

8 p.m. Thursday, Neighborhood Theatre (Sold out)

The Robinson brothers, back with the group's first new album in seven years (“Warpaint”), begin an intimate two-night stint in NoDa that should please fans disappointed by its less intimate, jam-heavy, light-on-singles 2006 set at Verizon. 704-358-9200.

2 Murs

8 p.m. Wednesday, Tremont ($12 to $14)

This L.A. rapper is one of hip-hop's biggest supporters and loudest critics, as well as a product of gangsta rap and a proponent of portraying realistic (and positive) relationships in his funk-laced songs. 704-343-9494.

3 Ryan Cabrera

8 p.m. Saturday, Alive NoDa ($17 to $25)

Ashlee Simpson has moved on and so has her reality show co-star and ex-beau, who continues to make sugary pop-rock. At 25, his output is more mature, proving he can hang with fellow teen rock heartthrobs like Ashley Parker Angel or venture into the more adult territory of Coldplay. www.etix.com

4 Graham Parker

8 p.m. Thursday, Visulite ($18)

A cult singer-songwriter whose notoriety grew out of his band the Rumour's 1970s UK chart success, he's smart, socially conscious Americana with a Dylan-meets-John Hiatt voice. 704-358-9200.

5 Dar Williams

7 p.m. Sunday, Neighborhood Theatre ($20 to $24)

The veteran folkie branches out on 2008's “Promised Land.” There, she works with Pete Yorn/Liz Phair producer Brad Wood and plays with Better Than Ezra's Travis McNabb, Suzanne Vega and Gary Louris on countrified shuffles, introspective folk-pop, dreamy, pastoral ballads and a cover of “Midnight Radio.”

6 Lotus

7 p.m. Wednesday, Neighborhood Theatre ($12 to $14)

This Philadelphia instrumental act may make repetitive dance-floor tracks best enjoyed in a rave-like atmosphere, but the jam circuit fave's tunes are also warm, organic and fluid as it balances psychedelic rock, world beats and futuristic electronica. 704-358-9298.

7 The Everybodyfields

8 p.m. Saturday, Visulite ($10 to $12)

Johnson City, Tennessee, birthed this alt-country duo that beefed up its sound with a full band last summer. The live show centers on the dreamy harmonies of Jill Andrews and Sam Quinn. 704-358-9200.

8 The Moaners/Raised by Wolves

10 p.m. Saturday, Snug Harbor ($5)

The female duo from Chapel Hill builds on bluesy guitar and drums with haunting vocals that sound like L7-meet-the-Breeders on Valium. They share the bill with their favorite Charlotte locals, who celebrate the release of its new CD that has its share of haunting, expansive rock. 704-333-9799.

9 Anberlin

6 p.m. Wednesday, Amos' ($15 to $17)

With its latest album, “New Surrender,” these Orlando emo Christians cross further into the mainstream with driving melodic rock and arena-ready piano ballads, and Stephen Christian's radio-friendly vocals. www.etix.com

10 Simplified

Thursday, Whisky River ($5)

A favorite among the regional bar and frat crowds, on its diverse new disc “Elephant Sky” this Charlotte quartet nods to Counting Crows, Southern rock, reggae, modern rock and folk-pop. There's even a touch of Latin flavor on the track “On and On.” 704-749-1079.

11 Michael Reno Harrell

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

The accomplished Charlotte storyteller and songwriter plays material from his latest album “Tales & Tunes,” a live disc that was recorded at the Muse on a Sunday afternoon in May. He also recently released a book, “Junk Drawer.” 704-376-3737.

12 Noises 10

8 p.m. Thursday, Tremont ($6 to $9)

Having recently released the fine slice of power pop, “The Hammer The Anvil The Stirrup,” the Charlotte four-piece's snappy, close-up-ready songs “Our Lady Love” and “Distance” are tailor-made to score your favorite reality TV shows and iTunes commercials – if Hollywood comes calling. 704-343-9494.