7:30 p.m. Friday, August 12, Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Ave. Donations accepted.
The veteran folk singer-songwriter and activist, whose songs often focus on stories of the poor working class, calls Charlotte home. He kicks off Charlotte Folk Society’s 30th Gathering season with a rare hometown concert.
8 p.m. Friday, August 12, Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $7. www.etix.com
Abby Normal, formerly of Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13, continues to pilot the long running Charlotte rock combo (think old school punk, garage, and metal spiked with hauntings, horror, and humor). It celebrates its fourth album release with Greevace, Fat Tortoise Butcher, and the Body Bags.
Joan of Arc
8 p.m. Saturday, August 13, Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd. $10-$12. www.themilestoneclub.com
Tim Kinsella’s (Cap’n Jazz) prolific, influential, and sometimes stylistically contrary Chicago-based indie-rock combo makes its way to the Queen City as part of the four-night Recess Fest.
1 p.m. Tuesday, August 16, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion St. $62.85-$116.80. www.livenation.com
The first traveling electronic music festival of its kind promises to be the sweatiest of dance parties with three stages featuring Kaskade, DJ Shadow, Pretty Lights, Steve Aoki, Steve Lawler, Rusko, the Crystal Method, LA Riots, the Disco Biscuits, Jessie and the Toy Boys, Chuckie, Holy Ghost!, Booka Shade, Nero, Le Castle Vania, Mode Selektor, Data Romance, Datsik, Afrobeta, the Eye, White Shadow, Darius Syrossian, Leon, Riotgear, Nervo, Marshall Barnes, and Figo.
7 p.m. Tuesday, August 16, Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $18-$20. www.etix.com
The Fall Out Boy vocalist has hinted at his fondness for hip-hop and soul with FOB. He makes his polished soul-pop intensions clear on “Soul Punk,” his debut solo album due out in October.
Off With Their Heads
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 16, Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd. $10-$14. www.etix.com
The well named Minnesota band mines traditional punk territory lacing anthems with gruff vocals, catchy hooks, a sense of longing, and nods to `60s girl group melodies sometimes recalling Face to Face, Bad Religion or the Ramones.
Hymn For Her
8 p.m. Thursday, August 18, Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $8-$10. 704-376-3737.
This nomadic couple lives, records, and tours in a 1961 Airstream with baby and dog in tow, sharing minimalist indie-folk and atypical acoustic roots tunes and coupling homey vintage instruments with unusual effects.