9 p.m. Friday, January 4, Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $7. www.ticketfly.com
While this Charlotte band is heavily anchored in rootsy country - thanks to pedal steel and a helping of twang - like Drive-By Truckers it’s a Southern rock band at heart that sometimes hits on the driving force of early Pretenders. With the Sammies and Motel Glory.
Dr. Ralph Stanley
8 p.m. Saturday, January 5, Don Gibson Theater, 318 S. Washington St., Shelby. $39.50. www.dongibsontheater.com
Old time and bluegrass lost Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson this year, so it’s great to see this bluegrass luminary on stage pickin’ banjo at age 85. His music was most recently featured in Nick Cave’s film “Lawless.”
Run Forever/State Lines
8 p.m. Saturday, January 5, Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. $5. www.ticketfly.com
These two indie bands (the former a Pittsburgh trio, the latter Brooklyn-based) make raw, unpolished punk with ample angst and recordings that serve to remind listeners what records by bands like Lifetime, Rainer Maria, and others sounded like before mall punk was mainstream.
Carolina Gator Gumbo/Jackomo
8:30 p.m. Saturday, Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave. $8. 704-376-1446.
Charlotte’s Carolina Gator Gumbo has cooked up Creole and Cajun music since the early ’90s, while Asheville-based Jackomo is a newer Cajun country combo. Both have long traveled to learn the Louisiana tradition from its masters.
Tyler Hilton/Teddy Geiger/Ryan Cabrera
8 p.m. Tuesday, January 8, Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $12-$15. www.visulite.comIt’s three singer-songwriters with TV and film backgrounds: Hilton was on WB/CW hit “One Tree Hill” and in the Johnny Cash biopic “Walk the Line”; Geiger in the film comedy “The Rocker”; and Cabrera on reality shows like MTV’s “The Hills.”
Math the Band
8 p.m. Wednesday, January 9, Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd. $5. www.etix.com
The enthusiastic and quirky electro-punk duo approaches Game Boy rock with the speed of death metal and the peppiness of pop-punk, using analog synthesizers, vintage drum machines, and yes, 8-bit video game systems.