1 Stone Temple Pilots
6 p.m. Sunday, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre ($20-$49)
Following a messy divorce from Velvet Revolver, Scott Weiland rejoined the DeLeo brothers for a tour that's been receiving mixed reviews due to its frontman's infamously erratic behavior. Still – it's been too long. With Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. 704-522-6500.
2 Smashing Pumpkins
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6 tonight, Ovens Auditorium ($35-$45)
A year after kicking off a much-hyped reunion in Asheville, Billy Corgan readies for his group's 20th-anniversary tour with a handful of East Coast dates. The set reportedly touches on SP's extensive back catalog but isn't a greatest-hits show. www.ticketmaster.com.
3 John Mayer/Paramore
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre ($30-$50.50)
The Top 40/adult contemporary/blues singer-songwriter is the headlining act in this unlikely pairing with female-fronted Paramore, which cranks out teen-approved pop-punk fresh from Fuse TV. 704-522-6500.
9 p.m. Saturday, Visulite ($10)
The Athens, Ga., rock trio is bursting with energy on its ATO Records' debut, “Mission Control,” which builds on the group's early buzz and earned it opening slots on upcoming tours with Tokyo Police Club and Kings of Leon. With the Old Ceremony. 704-358-9200.
5 Kenny Chesney
6:30 p.m. Thursday, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre ($37.50-$75.75)
The country heartthrob is back – and with less than a week to go, tickets are actually still available (his shows usually sell out). Opener is LeAnn Rimes, whose latest album “Family” captures the maturity the former child star has long strove for. 704-522-6500.
6 Stephanie's Id
8 tonight, Neighborhood Theatre (free)
With the ability to channel everything from Nikka Costa-style scat and soul to the trippiness of Portishead and the pop sweetness of the Cardigans, this Asheville outfit hits on diverse styles that keep listeners engaged and guessing. 704-358-9298.
7 The Lights, Fluorescent
8 p.m. Saturday, Milestone ($7)
Singer Erika Blatnik lets it rip like Sleater-Kinney's Corinne Tucker. New songs push the quintet's penchant for balancing pop-rock appeal with a theatrical side that suggests what the Arcade Fire would sound like if they played emo. www.themilestoneclub.com.
8 Alternate Routes
8 tonight, Visulite ($10-$12)
After a strong, understated 2007 debut album, this Connecticut roots pop outfit uses its new “Watershed” EP to return to gritty blues and achingly lovely songs that evoke images of the open road and lush mountains. With Virginia Coalition. 704-358-9200.
9 Blessid Union of Souls
7 p.m. Monday, Visulite ($15)
Everything from gospel to Lenny Kravitz-style rock balladry to pop-punk and Barenaked Ladies-like pop comes into play on this '90s rock band's upcoming album, “Close to the Edge.” 704-358-9200.
8:30 p.m. Saturday, Amos' ($12)
The '90s favorites and one-time regional major-label heroes return to the venue where it played as teens with a collection of pop songs as crisp and infectious as they were a decade ago. 704-377-6874.
11 Tristan Prettyman
7 p.m. Tuesday, Visulite ($15)
The ex-model and soft-spoken singer-songwriter writes haunting acoustic pop songs, and sings as if she's bridging the gap between Dave Matthews and Ingrid Michaelson (whose music was made famous in Old Navy sweater ads last fall). 704-358-9298.
7 p.m. Thursday, Tremont ($6-$8)
It's easy to relax when taking in the horn-driven grooves spun by this Charlotte ensemble, whose acid jazz doesn't get bogged down in experimentalism – or stray too far from its loose, casual funk feel. 704-343-9494.