Music & Nightlife

Hot dozen

1 Counting Crows/Maroon 5

6 p.m. Monday, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre ($23.50 to $126)

Unlikely emo forerunners, the Counting Crows are touring behind the moving, hook-filled “Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings,” while co-headliner Maroon 5 steps up the sex appeal and soul with hits and danceable soul-pop. With Sara Bareilles.

2 Nas

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Amos' ($40)

On his controversial new disc, Nas tackles the experience of being a black man in the U.S. with intelligent social commentary and zeal. With Talib Kweli and Jay Electronica.

3 Mark Knopfler

8 p.m. Sunday, Ovens Auditorium ($54.50 to $94.50)

The critically acclaimed former Dire Straits frontman has come to signify the best in American roots music, despite hailing from Scotland. Like Prince, Knopfler is including a copy of his latest disc with each pair of tickets.

4 Amos Lee

7 p.m. Wednesday, Neighborhood Theatre ($22 to $25)

The laid-back songwriter and University of South Carolina grad kicks up the grit and '70s-style soul on his third folk-rock album, “Last Days at the Lodge.” 704-358-9298.

5 Projekt Revolution

1 p.m. Wednesday, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre ($20.75 to $60.75)

Linkin Park's annual eclectic all-day festival tour features Linkin Park, former Soundgarden/Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell, rapper Busta Rhymes, new wave throwback the Bravery, and rockers Ashes Divide featuring A Perfect Circle's Billy Howerdel. Hawthorne Heights, Atreyu, Ten Years, and Armor For Sleep also play.

6 Dwele

8:30 p.m. Friday, Amos' ($25)

The Detroit native celebrates his new disc, “Sketches of a Man,” which hits on his familiar sexy jazz-infused soul as well as a surprising Usher-like club-banger that closes the disc.

7 Widespread Panic

6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre ($36)

Its newer material finds the band tapping blues and classic rock songs that appeal to non-jam fans.

8 Thriving Ivory

6 p.m. Thursday, Tremont ($6 to $8)

The recent VH1 You Oughta Know addition draws on Coldplay's adult piano-pop and the Edge's (U2) rippling guitar with vocalist Clayton Stroope adding his own whinier take on Adam Levine (Maroon 5)-like soul-rock vocals. This is an early show followed by Tremont Dodgeball. 704-343-9494.

9 Seth Walker

9 p.m. Friday, Double Door ($10)

There's a classic authenticity to this Burlington native's brand of blues, whether he's riding a groovy boogie or stretching out during a moaning soul tune. His music could easily appeal to both blues diehards and roots music fans. 704-376-1446.

10 Scott Miller

8 p.m. Wednesday, Evening Muse ($12 to $14)

The Knoxville. Tenn., roots-rocker, who performs a solo set, recently released a limited edition set of demos recorded this Spring called “Appalachian Refugee.” It quickly sold out, but the funds are going to finance his next studio album. 704-376-3737.

11 Dollyrots

9 p.m. Saturday, Milestone ($5 or Free)

The female-led pop-punk purveyors, whose catchy single was featured in a Target commercial, headline an after-party following the nine-band all-ages Punk Rock & Scissors Fest at MMR on Central Ave. Festival attendees get in free.

12 Snagglepuss/Yardwork

9 p.m. Wednesday, Alley Cat ($3)

Charlotte's long-running progressive, accessible and sometimes retro art-rock outfit Snagglepuss is joined by one of the scene's new bands, Yardwork, who take an everything-and-the-kitchen-sink approach to indie-rock. 704-375-2779.