8 p.m. Friday, September 2, McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College. St. $15-$18. 704-372-1000.
The folk-pop cellist was the go-to guest at this year’s Bonnaroo (with Nicole Atkins, Justin Townes Earle, etc.), but on his own he’s a soulful vocalist with dark, sometimes jazzy, orchestral songs. With Cheyenne Marie Mize, who also appears solo at Evening Muse Tuesday.
8 p.m. Friday, September 2, Amos’ Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St. $14-$17. www.etix.com
There are two versions of the twenty-plus-year-old Hollywood glam rock act. This one features vocalist Phil Lewis, who sang on hits like “The Ballad of Jayne” and “Never Enough,” with guitarist Stacey Blades.
7 p.m. Saturday, September 3, Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $7-$9. www.etix.com
This Charlotte band, who have a fierce following in Japan, continue to grow 12 years into its existence making ambitious, layered, hook-filled recordings. It celebrates the release of its latest – the grand/gothic, melodic/metallic hardcore of “I Am Alien.”
Steep Canyon Rangers
4 p.m. Sunday, September 4, US Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. Free. www.usnwc.org
The Western Carolina newgrass act has gained international notoriety backing actor/musician Steve Martin’s Grammy winning foray into bluegrass. The group is back home to celebrate labor day with Donna Hughes and Town Mountain. Fireworks at dusk.
The Cute Lepers/Something Fierce
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 6, Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $7-$9. www.etix.com
The headliner is a throwback to `77 punk with snappy melodies and harmonies that reference Motown, power pop, and garage rock, while its tour mates veer closer to Yo La Tengo-like punk-rooted indie-rock. Biggy Stardust & His Wretched Hive and Kid Anthem also perform.
8 p.m. Wednesday, September 7, Fillmore, 1000 Seaboard St. $33. www.livenation.com
The multi-lingual Rock en Espanol vet is a one man world music bridge mixing styles and singing in French, Spanish, Italian, English, and other languages. He makes a rare stateside appearance.
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 7, McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St. $22.50-$27.50. 704-372-1000.
A favorite of singers like Mandy Moore and of movie and TV producers who frequently use its songs on film, this married folk-pop duo takes a break from readying its next album for an acoustic tour.
The Biters, AM/FMs, and Chelsea Daggers
8 p.m. Thursday, September 8, Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd. $8-$10. www.etix.com
This Atlanta punk outfit stops on its way to play with D Generation in New York. The lineup includes AM/FMs (who sound like Jesus & Mary Chain if they were an NYC `70s garage act) and Chelsea Doggers’ refreshingly weird mix of organ-driven stoner rock and reverb dripping goth-blues vocals.