Friday 7:30 p.m. Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $17-$20. www.eveningmuse.com.
Lydia and Laura Rogers didn’t think their third record would ever get made after their record label dropped them and they declared bankruptcy. With the help of Brandi Carlile and a PledgeMusic campaign that exceeded their desires, the singing Alabama sisters have released “You Don’t Own Me Anymore,” a declaration of independence marked by gospel anthems and murder ballads.
Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit
Friday and Saturday 8 p.m. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. $34.50. www.ticketmaster.com.
The Grammy-winning songwriter is currently one of the best in the biz, which he proved again with this year’s “The Nashville Sound” album and what his wife/fiddle player Amanda Shires calls the best song he’s written, the heartbreaking “If We Were Vampires” (YouTube It). UK folk-punk singer Frank Turner opens the show. It’s the hard-charging singer-songwriter’s first time in Charlotte in four years. He headlined Amos’ Southend in 2013.
Southern Culture on the Skids
Friday 9 p.m. Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $14-$18. www.visulite.com.
The campy Chapel Hill veterans return to kick off Halloween a month early. They’ve long embraced the holiday in songs and on stage, and the 2016 “The Electric Pinecones” album contains a spooky ode to séances and lost love. The latest album was named after the trio’s late-’80s/early-’90s West Coast folk-a-billy alter-ego, who’d occasionally open SCOTS’ shows. It’s a nostalgic listen to what might’ve been.
Saturday 8 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $30-$35. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.
The former matriarch of the Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops has always laced her rootsy Americana with history and soul; on her second sophomore album, “Freedom Highway,” she revisits the Civil Rights Movement and the Civil War through her writing, lyrics, and the pre-Civil War era studio she recorded in. She’s sung with Eric Church and may be a TV star now (CMT’s “Nashville”), but her intentions remain the same.
Foster the People
Monday 8 p.m. The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $29.50. www.livenation.com.
Former jingle writer Mark Foster and his L.A.-based rock band work to eclipse the seemingly insurmountable success of its first single,“Pumped Up Kicks,” drawing on trap, Afrobeat, and the Beach Boys on its third album, “Sacred Hearts Club.” L.A.’s Cherry Glazer – led by 19-year-old “Transparent” actress and model Clementine Creevy – opens the show.
Tuesday 8 p.m. The Underground, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $35. www.livenation.com.
In the 2004 Wes Anderson film “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,” the Brazilian singer-songwriter played a member of Bill Murray’s crew who sang David Bowie covers in Portuguese. Jorge revisits that chapter of his career – one which Bowie praised – with his current tour: “The Life Aquatic, A Tribute to David Bowie.”
Wednesday 7:30 p.m. The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $39.50. www.livenation.com.
The biggest metal band to thunder out of Atlanta since, well, ever, the three-time Grammy nominee has spent the last 17 years rising to the top of its genre. It released its seventh album, “Emperor of Sand,” earlier this year and has been touring with the eclectic hard rock bill of Eagles of Death Metal (not a death metal band if you still aren’t aware) and heavy instrumental outfit Russian Circles.
Wednesday 8 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $25-$27. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.
On its latest album, “Shadowbox,” the electronic world-music trio showcases its wildly eclectic mix of samples, tribal percussion, native instruments and guest musicians to create a globetrotting sound with roots in the Middle East, Africa, India and American hip-hop and dance music. Its concerts are equally mesmerizing, with a dynamic light show and dance (particularly bellydance) that reflects the convergence of musical styles.