This week's 12 most promising concerts

1 Duncan Sheik

6:30 p.m. Sunday, McGlohon Theatre ($19.50-$34.50)

The “Barely Breathing” Grammy winner-turned-Tony-winning musical co-writer alternates between his solo pop work and material from the Broadway smash “Spring Awakening.” With help from original cast member Lauren Pritchard, who also opens the show. 704-372-1000.

2 Nicole Atkins

8 p.m. Saturday, Neighborhood Theatre ($12)

The former UNCC student brings that artist's eye to the theatrical arrangements and colorful storytelling on her Columbia Records' debut “Neptune City,” which was inspired by classic singer-songwriter rock, Broadway musicals and her chilly Jersey shore hometown. 704-358-9298.

3 Joe Jackson

7 p.m. Monday, Neighborhood Theatre ($50-$85)

The voice behind “Steppin' Out” continues to meld pop, jazz, classical and rock on 2007's “Rain,” which rings with his familiar piano on the jolly rocker “Citizen Sane,” the longing “Wasted Time,” and the falsetto-driven, Tori Amos-like opener, “Invisible Man.” 704-358-9298.

4 Cruiserweight/Pink Spiders

8 p.m. Wednesday, The Alley Cat ($10)

With songs like “Balboa,” the female-fronted Austin pop-punksters live up to its name with sassy, catchy rock tunes that pack a big punch. Its Nashville-based tour mates turn up the howling garage grooves and handclaps on its September release, “Sweat It Out.” www.groove tickets.com.

5 Spinto Band

8 p.m. Thursday, Visulite Theatre ($8-$10)

This Delaware sextet makes herky-jerky, frolicking pop on its new album, “Moonwink,” which ups the playfulness with a Beach Boys-meets-Ben Kweller merriment that's as lively as vaudeville minstrels at a carnival. 704-358-9200.

6 Lake/Desolation Wilderness

8 tonight, The Milestone Club ($7)

Both bands carry the whimsical K Records/Olympia, Washington sound of the Northwestern '90s indie scene. Coeds Lake make merry campfire music that sounds culled from a '70s commune, while trio Desolation Wilderness' songs are awash in relaxed, lo-fi reverb. www.themilestoneclub.com.

7 Von Iva

8 p.m. Thursday, The Milestone Club ($7)

By the end of the year, you'll likely recognize this female electro-dance trio from the Jim Carrey/Zooey Deschanel flick “Yes Man” (in theaters Dec. 19). For now, the girl group's soulful alto, disco and synth-pop can be heard on the club circuit. With Culture Prophet. www.themilestoneclub.com.

8 DJ Steve Aoki

10 p.m. Thursday, The Forum ($8-$10)

Known for Dim Mak Records (Bloc Party, Klaxons), his clothing line, and transforming pop, rock and hip-hop tracks by Duran Duran and Good Charlotte, Aoki is red-hot in L.A., where he recently spun with other celebrity DJs at DJ AM's benefit. www.groovetickets .com.

9 Over the Rhine

7:30 p.m. Sunday, Visulite Theatre ($18)

On the Ohio married couple's latest, “The Trumpet Child,” singer Karin Bergquist glides through tracks as if she's on a jazz-club stage over half a century ago, smoking a lit slim cigarette in an evening gown while husband Linford Detweiler provides the torchy Americana backdrop. 704-358-9200.

10 Automatic Loveletter

7 p.m. Saturday, Amos' Southend ($17.50-$20)

Given the success of female-fronted emo band Paramore, it's no surprise to hear this poppier version opening for heart-on-sleeve crooner Secondhand Serenade and Fuse favorites Cute Is What We Aim For. www.etix.com.

11 Dropkick Murphys

7 p.m. Monday, Amos' Southend ($23-$25)

For 12 years, this Boston octet has fused breakneck punk rock and Irish pub sing-alongs, taking the traditional direction further with a focus on working-class lyrics and the inclusion of bagpipes, bouzouki, mandolin, and the like. www.etix.com.

12 Norma Jean

6 p.m. Thursday, Tremont Music Hall ($16-$19)

The Atlanta hardcore outfit heads up the latest Solid State Tour with its thick, groove-oriented screamo (which is surprisingly textured) and Fugazi-meets-Boy-Sets-Fire-meets-Bobcat-Goldthwait-style vocals. 704-358-9298.