Toad the Wet Sprocket
Friday 8 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $32-$42. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.
In 1991, TTWS’s album “fear” became the band’s breakthrough with hits “Walk on the Ocean” and “All I Want.” The original band members, who formed in high school and reemerged with new material in 2013 after a decade and a half recording hiatus, celebrate the album’s 25th anniversary on tour this summer.
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Friday 10:30 p.m. Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $8. www.eveningmuse.com.
Jay Garrigan has made music in Charlotte for years, both as a solo artist and in bands like Poprocket and Temperance League. He and League guitarist/backing vocalist Shawn Lynch formed this unit to focus on Garrigan’s voice and knack for writing classic, romantic new wave-era pop on its upcoming 7-inch.
Joyce Manor/Diet Cig
Monday 8 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $15-$18. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.
In anticipation of its new album “Cody” (out Oct. 7), Cali emo-punk outfit Joyce Manor hit the road with NY’s Diet Cig, a duo that captures the feminist spirit of twee post-riot grrrl indie-pop with deliciously snarky and honest lyrics. Both have logged rotation on SiriusXM U.
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
Wednesday 9 p.m. Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $15-$18. www.visulite.com.
Praised for its magnetism and showmanship, this Baltimore psychedelic funk outfit’s look and sound is more traditional jam band shenanigans high on noodling, soulful vocals, and interesting lyrics. Then the wigs come out and things get crazier on every level.
Thursday 9 p.m. Double Door Inn, 1218 Charlottetown Ave. $12-$15. www.doubledoorinn.com.
For a band originally rooted in bluegrass, this eclectic Athens, Ga. quintet has taken an interesting route, collaborating with folk producer Jim White on an entire co-billed album and tour and cruising with Kid Rock, which led to a spot on his Cheap Date tour in 2015.