1 Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Visulite ($15)
A product of small-town Vermont led by outspoken, organ-pumping firecracker Potter, the eclectic outfit lit up the festival scene with rootsy rockers that are just as accessible to the mainstream as Sheryl Crow or Patty Griffin. With the Wood Brothers. 704-358-9200.
2 Los Enanitos Verdes
8 p.m. Saturday, Neighborhood Theatre ($30 to $55)
The influential Argentinean rockers “the Green Dwarves” perform for tens of thousands in Latin American, but its Spanish sing-along hits serve as anthems at home and abroad. 704-358-9298.
3 Eric Benet
8 p.m. Sunday, Neighborhood Theatre ($25 to $45)
Sex (“The Hunger”) and romance are the topics of choice for the R&B singer (best known to the general public as Halle Berry's ex) on his fourth album, which mines soft '70s and slick '80s R&B complete with moments of falsetto, modern scratching and a classic duet. 704-358-9298.
4 Jack's Mannequin
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Visulite ($26 to $28)
Cancer survivor Andrew McMahon and his band get personal and uplifting on the new disc, “The Glass Passenger.” Fans include “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer, who co-directed the band's new video. Expect an intimate show. 704-358-9200.
8 p.m. Thursday, Milestone ($8)
This Seattle band celebrates its 10th anniversary with the Oct. 28 release of “Jersey Shores,” a collage of psychedelic metal, brooding stoner rock, blues guitar, purposeful basslines, marching percussion and swelling angry vocals. www.themilestoneclub.com
9 p.m. Thursday, The Forum ($18)
The masked Toronto electronic duo whose credits include remixes for Jesse McCartney, Bloc Party, Usher, and John Legend and Andre 3000 previews 2009's “Fist of God” album with a tour that should include its synth-heavy remixes. www.groovetickets.com
7 State Radio
7:30 p.m. Monday, Visulite ($12)
From the reggae-meets-Clash drive of the politically charged songs “CIA” and “Sudan,” this Boston rock act follows the conscience-building example set by Rage Against the Machine but with more Dave Matthews-style vocals. 704-358-9200.
8 p.m. Monday, Amos' ($21 to $23)
The Tampa pioneers behind death metal classics like “Slowly We Rot” and “The End Complete” continues its trademark balance of sludgy dirges and machine gun riffing as its latest tour, behind 2007's “Xecutioner's Return” (a nod to its early days), winds to a close. 704-377-6874.
7:30 p.m. Friday, Amos' ($25)
The “MmmBop” brothers bring their blonde brood on the road (in December, the trio will have seven children between them) to continue their tour and “Take the Walk” campaign, which raises funds to help children in Africa. Fans are welcome to join them on a 1-mile walk before the show. 704-377-6874.
10 Pat McGee Band
8 p.m. Friday, Visulite ($15)
Active in the '90s East Coast college rock scene, the rootsy rockers return after three years with “The Virginia Sessions,” which is filled with sunny Toad the Wet Sprocket-like Southern pop songwriting. 704-358-9200.
11 Donna Jean & the Tricksters
8:30 p.m. Saturday, Double Door ($12)
The former Grateful Dead member and `60s session singer now heads this eight-piece ensemble with the Zen Tricksters, keeping the Dead and Jerry Garcia material alive as well as dishing out some spirited, hippie originals. 704-376-1446.
12 Dear & the Headlights
7 p.m. Thursday, Tremont ($8 to $10)
This Arizona five-piece's latest “Drunk Like Bible Times” errs on the side of emo, but the desert band with a sense of humor taps big pop inspiration like Coldplay, U2 and the Cure on the new disc. 704-343-9494.