Saturday 9 p.m., The Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd., $8, www.themilestoneclub.com
Although few acts from the `90s still wave the ska-punk flag, this the veteran SC-based horror/ska-punk trio, who was once managed by Joey Ramone, does so by combining subdued ska guitar rhythms with the goth-punk of the Misfits (including the Elvis-style croon), breakneck metallic distortion and a nod to old school rock n’ roll.
Wednesday 7:30 p.m., McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St., $27.50-$40.50/$54.50 VIP, www.blumenthalarts.org
The songs he wrote with early MTV staple Men at Work remain in regular rotation at radio, but the band’s former frontman is enjoying renewed interest in those old songs and his new album “Next Year People” thanks to appearances on “Scrubs,” last summer’s tour with Barenaked Ladies, and as a recent guest on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”
James Hunter Six
Wednesday 8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $25-$35, www.neighborhoodtheatre.com
While many current artists mine `50s and `60s R&B and soul, this British powerhouse is the real deal. He was nominated for a Grammy ten years ago for his debut, but with an assist from Daptone Records’ producer Gabriel Roth (aka Bosco Mann) his new album, “Hold On!” captures not just the sound of classic R&B, but the grit and spirit.
MuteMath/Nothing But Thieves
Thursday 8 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $23, www.amossouthend.com
The New Orleans rock quartet best known for the 2007 hit “Typical” and tracks from “Transformers” and “Twilight,” outdid itself (and caught the attention of Ellen Degeeneres) with the beautifully uplifting video for “Monument” which features a real Mississippi widower who turned his home into a museum to honor his late wife.
Legendary Shack Shakers
Thursday 9 p.m., Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave., $12-$15, www.doubledoorinn.com
On its new album “The Southern Surreal” the high energy roots rock and rockabilly takes a dark turn into seedy Southern gothic mythology and haunted folktales populated with witches, ghosts, and doom. Who better to help mine that dark matter than actor Billy Bob Thornton, who guests on the band’s first album in five years?