Friday 7:30 p.m. Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $15-$18. www.eveningmuse.com.
On his new album, “Beach Town,” the Mississippi singer-songwriter co-wrote songs that knowingly trade in Nashville clichés while innocently poking fun at them. It’s hard to tell where the lines between Buffet-esque beach-isms, country radio hopefuls, and well-disguised irony lie.
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Friday 8 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $28-$33. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.
Rawlings and partner Gillian Welch were just here in August, but this time they bring the full band for a lively set of material from “Poor David’s Almanack,” which was written to accompany the songs from its last album live and inadvertently won the duo its latest Grammy nomination.
Friday 11 p.m. Coyote Joe’s, 4621 Wilkinson Blvd. $20-$23. www.coyote-joes.com.
On his latest album, “Good Ole Days,” the platinum-selling country vet-turned-radio host taps Tim McGraw, Kellie Pickler, Luke Bryan and Three Doors Down’s Brad Arnold for a collection of duets. But you can bet you’ll hear his eight No. 1 singles live.
They Might Be Giants
Sunday 8 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $25-$28. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.
Two days after the release of its new album, “I Like Fun,” and five days into its three-month tour, lead Giants John Flansburgh and John Linnell (and the longtime live outfit that recorded the album with them) return to Charlotte for one of the alt-rock vet’s famously rollicking shows.
Sunday 7 p.m. Spectrum Center, 333 E. Trade St. $15 at the door. http://2018.jamtour.com/cities/charlotte-nc.
The annual Christian contemporary tour returns to uptown with hard-rock headliner Skillet – which can shift between worship fests like Jam and secular club shows – and veterans NewSong. The stylistically eclectic bill also includes Kari Jobe, Building 429, KB, John Crist, Westover, Mallary Hope, Jordan Feliz, Dan Bremnes and Nick Hall.
Monday 7:30 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $15. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.
The Canadian piano pop singer-songwriter, who won a Juno (her country’s equivalent to a Grammy) for Breakthrough Artist, followed her viral hit “Lost Boy” with the biographical album “Safe Haven.” Thanks to an easy, laid-back tone and delivery similar to Sara Bareilles, Rolling Stone declared her one to watch. With Hailey Knox.
Hannah Wicklund & the Steppin Stones/The High Divers
Thursday 7:30 p.m. Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $15. www.eveningmuse.com.
Having founded her band before she turned 10, this blues-rock powerhouse is a seasoned stage vet at age 20. On her upcoming album, she rips on classic rock-influenced guitar and belts like an R&B vet under the production of Jason Isbell guitarist and fellow S.C. native Sadler Vaden.