Friday 8 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $14-$18, www.amossouthend.com
With founder Tracii Guns’ competing version of the glam-metal veteran disbanded, singer Phil Lewis and drummer Steve Riley’s entry remains the last (L.A.) Gun standing. Since Lewis was the voice on the hit-filled “Cocked & Loaded,” most fans consider this the preferable win.
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Saturday 9 p.m., The Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Road, $5-$7, www.themilestoneclub.com
This twangy local quartet puts the “rock” in Rock Hill with infectious, messy, raw toe-tappers that sound birthed in a garage that’s seen its share of Ramones and Replacements’ posters peeling off the walls, but with a distinct Southern country-punk streak.
Saturday 9 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $33, www.livenation.com
Following its recent run opening for Kings of Leon, one of 2013’s biggest buzz bands and certainly one of Sirius/XMU’s most played, gets a stretch of headlining dates to further showcase its dreamy harmonies and psychedelic indie-pop.
Of Sinking Ships/Bask/Tusker
Saturday 10 p.m. Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $5, www.snugrock.com
Consider this a loose Hopesfall reunion with former guitarists/bassists Chad Waldrup and Mike Tyson piloting two acts. Ships is Waldrup’s instrumental trio – which strikes a balance between emo and Explosions in the Sky – with Tim Cossor (HRVRD) and Ethan Ricks (Matrimony). Tyson provides bass for Winston-Salem’s boogieing hard-rock outfit Tusker.
Tuesday 8 p.m., Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave., $25-$28, www.tremontmusichall.com
After years underground, the veteran indie rapper has built a million-dollar hip-hop empire on his own terms and given Jay-Z competition on the charts.
Wednesday 7:30 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $37.50, www.livenation.com
On the trio’s new album “La Gargola,” the Loeffler brothers and brother-in-law bassist Dean Bernardini tap Ministry’s early industrial metal and classic psychological horror films like “Rosemary’s Baby” for inspiration. The results are heavier, dark, and more metal than in the past. Middle Class Rut and Nothing More open the show.
Wednesday 9 p.m., The Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Road, $10, www.themilestoneclub.com
The Atlanta garage rock girls club carries the riot grrrl torch and like the Sleater-Kinneys that came two decades before them, the trio gets better, smarter, thematically heavier, more musical and hookier with age – without sacrificing the fun party vibe.