Johnny Clegg Band
Friday 7:30 p.m. McGee Theater at Batte Center, 403 N. Camden Road at Wingate University. $25. www.battecenter.org.
The English-born, South African musician tackled apartheid in the ’70s and ’80s with the country’s first biracial bands (Juluka and Savuka) and a blend of Zulu and western pop. Alt-rock artist Jesse Clegg joins his father on the tour.
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Friday 7:30 p.m. Amos’ Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St. $12-$14. www.amossouthend.com.
The Shinedown guitarist’s loose acoustic shows take a low-key, “VH1 Storytellers”-style approach as he and sideman Justin Moore revisit Shinedown songs with a stripped-down twist, while also delivering several familiar covers.
Jon Linker Band
Saturday 9 p.m. The Saloon, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $5. www.thesalooncharlotte.com.
This Charlotte band etches out an original sound by delivering distinctly Southern country-rock like “PBR Kinda Night” and “Bourbon Bound” with a gravelly voice that evokes ’90s rock and grunge-era Pearl Jam and Collective Soul.
Wild Cub/Oh Honey
Monday 7:30 p.m. Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $12-$15.
American Authors’ single “Best Day of My Life” and Oh Honey’s sunny new EP suggest they are heir apparents to “hey” and “whoa” indie-roots acts, while Nashville’s Wild Cub mines similar ground but with a darker nod to new wave.
Tuesday 10 p.m. Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. Free. www.snugrock.com.
Two years ago, Paste magazine hailed this Charleston band as the No. 1 South Carolina act folks should be listening to and for good reason. Its live show is downright hypnotic as the group bridges Weezer-like rock with pensive vocals.
Thursday 7:30 p.m. Tremont Music Hall, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $16-$19. www.tremontmusichall.com.
With its fusion of industrial, death metal growls and electronics, the Norwegian group’s new album “We Love You” sounds by turns space-age and apocalyptic – or like the house music at the European fetish clubs you only see in spy movies.
Thursday 8 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $18-$20. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.
Following a new baby and a car wreck that shattered his wrist, the “American Idol” Season 8 winner is working on a follow-up to 2012’s commercially ignored “Thank You Camellia” with producer Charlie Peacock (Civil Wars, Switchfoot).