Music & Nightlife

The weeks' 12 most promising concerts

1 Xiu Xiu/Evangelista

8 p.m. Sunday, Milestone ($10 to $12)

Jamie Stewart's pained voice may be an acquired taste, but the Bay Area indie-rock trio's experimental tunes are gorgeously listenable and melodic, with blurts of noise, playful bells and quirky chamber folk. Geraldine Fibbers' Carla Bozulich opens with a tension-filled marriage of punk and classical.

2 Agent Orange

8 p.m. Friday, Milestone ($10 to $12)

The classic Southern California surf-punk trio whose spiky songs launched thousands of skate- and snowboards and scored many `80s and `90s extreme sports videos kicks off its East Coast trek.

3 David Lindley

8 p.m. Friday, Evening Muse ($20 to $22)

A one-man international musical melting pot, the eccentric one-time Jackson Browne sideman mixes world music and eclectic Americana, playing a bevy of instruments rarely seen on a rock stage. 704-376-3737.

4 Kaiser Cartel/

Lucinda Black Bear

10 p.m. Wednesday, Snug Harbor ($5)

The former is a Brooklyn duo capturing the heartbreak of Linda Ronstadt's `70s rock in a lo-fi indie setting, while the latter paints cinematic landscapes that are compelling, chilly noir. 704-333-9799.

5 Alternative Champs/

Benji Hughes

9 p.m. Friday, Visulite ($8)

The Charlotte foursome may be colorful and clownish in theme costumes, but its songs are as clever and diverse as they are catchy. Hughes' beat-infested solo debut translates to a rocking good time with the help of his crack band. 704-358-9200.

6 Jupiter One

10:30 p.m. Thursday, Evening Muse ($6 to $8)

This throwback to the Cars' keyboard-driven new wave follows in the dance steps of the Killers and Bloc Party, with infectious pop-rock that was featured on Sci Fi's “Flash Gordon” series in 2007. 704-376-3737.

7 Valencia

6 p.m. Thursday, Tremont ($8 to $10)

On the heels of Tuesday's release of its sophomore disc, “We All Need a Reason to Believe,” this snappy, melodic pop-punk trio churns out bouncy mall anthems for fans of Fall Out Boy and Motion City Soundtrack. 704-343-9494.

8 Acoustic Syndicate

8 p.m. Friday, Neighborhood Theatre ($20)

The regional genre-blending favorites, who reunited in 2007, continue to move crowds to bounce and rock like few acoustic acts can, with an ever-evolving blend of bluegrass, jazz, reggae and rock. 704-358-9298.

9 Sue Foley and Peter Karp

8 p.m. Thursday, Evening Muse ($8 to 10)

The accomplished Canadian female blues guitarist, whose sassy voice sets her apart from other players, joins talented songwriter Karp, who delivers folk and swinging country with an endearingly husky, almost weary, voice. 704-376-3737.

10 Rehab

8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Amos ($15 to $18)

Following the example set by Kid Rock and Uncle Kracker, this refueled Atlanta outfit marries hip-hop, metal, Southern rock and electronica. Check out the jailhouse video for “Bartender Song,” starring Grindhouse/Devils Rejects actor Danny Trejo ( 704-377-6874.

11 Keaton Simons

8 p.m. Tuesday, Evening Muse ($10 to $12)

Having cut his teeth with hip-hop artists Pharcyde and Snoop Dogg, the stepson of actor Eric Roberts writes laid-back bluesy folk that mixes the ease of James Taylor with the soul of Ben Harper. 704-376-3737.

12 String Cheese Incident Virtual Concert

8 p.m. Saturday, Visulite ($8 to $10)

If you're a jam-band fan who's hungry for more cheese (the Colorado outfit stopped cooking last year), this high-definition concert film captures the band's last two performances at Red Rocks. 704-358-9200.