Hot Concerts

Michael McDermott

Friday 8 p.m. Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $8-$10. www.eveningmuse.com.

Hailed early on by Stephen King as a new Springsteen and having lived a wild life that inspired the film “Rounders,” the once down-and-out Chicago-born singer-songwriter is on an upswing – having raised more than $50,000 for his next album with his band the Westies via Kickstarter.

Sext Message

Saturday 9 p.m. The Milestone Club, 3400 Tuckaseegee Road. $5-$7. www.themilestoneclub.com.

Milestone owner Jonathan Hughes (25 Minutes to Go, HU/LK) and his rock n’ roll fashionista wife Stephanie make adorably sexy, lo-fi keytar pop – having purchased the totally ’80s instrument after a big tip from Ke$ha no less – in this electronic duo. They celebrate the release of their ton-of-fun first album.

Pullman Strike

Saturday 9 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $7-$10. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.

The Charlotte roots rock quintet celebrates the release of its second album, “Silver Lining,” a classic country-rock effort built on lonesome pedal steel, earnest delivery, shuffles and waltzes with complementary guitar picking that adds color and texture.

Radok Fest

Saturday 10 p.m. Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. $5. www.snugrock.com.

Greevace, Lavamouth, gogo Pilot, Pig F----r and David Childers pay tribute to Creative Loafing photographer Chris Radok on the anniversary of his death. Radok, who was known for his music photography, was murdered during a break-in at his home in January 2011.

Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra

Wednesday 7:30 p.m. McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St. $14.50-$34.50. www.blumenthalarts.org.

This 12-piece New Zealand ensemble started by Flight of the Conchords’ Ben McKenzie has drawn global attention for its loose, humorous stage show, choir-like harmonies and inventive multi-ukulele renditions of Justin Timberlake, Kings of Leon, Prince, Dolly Parton and Toto songs.

The Independents/ Black Cat Attack

Thursday 9 p.m. The Milestone Club, 3400 Tuckaseegee Road. $8. www.themilestoneclub.com.

It’s hard to think of a better indie horror punk pairing than Carolina-based stalwarts the Independents and Ontario’s Black Cat Attack. Both make charging, dark and catchy punk. The former was managed by Joey Ramone before his death, and the latter features female singer Valerie Knox.

The Whigs

Thursday 9 p.m. Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $12-$15. www.visulite.com.

Since blasting out of Athens with a nerdy garage rock swagger in 2005, the trio has become one of the hardest-working American rock bands by touring clubs and releasing consistently good albums that show slow growth and maturity. Its latest is its fifth album, “Modern Creation.”

Jarekus Singleton

Thursday 9 p.m. Double Door Inn, 1218 Charlottetown Ave. $10-$12. www.doubledoorinn.com.

A former college basketball star and rapper, the Mississippi electric blues guitarist merges innovation through his mix of rock, blues, and hip-hop – played on unique, custom Clevenger cut-out guitars – while carrying the tradition of B.B. King and Muddy Waters.