7:30 p.m. Friday, February 15, Amos', 1423 S. Tryon St. $8-$10. www.amossouthend.com
There's really no one like this Charlotte alternative rock outfit, which celebrates the release of its latest EP, "Sparkleton" - a fitting follow-up to last summer's "Alive." The group veers toward the heavy side with unique arrangements and vocal lines and isn't afraid to experiment, but luckily those musical adventures never go awry. With S.O. Stereo and Chasing Pedestrians.
11 p.m. Friday, February 15, Coyote Joe’s 4621 Wilkinson Blvd. Sold Out. www.etix.com
The Sumter, South Carolina native made a slow climb with Garth Brooks covering his “More Than a Memory” in 2007 and his own “Love Like Crazy” spending a year on the country charts in 2010. He topped that with 2012’s No. 1 “A Woman Like You” and the album "Hard 2 Love."
Barb Wire Dolls
8 p.m. Friday, February 15, Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave. Free. www.tremontmusichall.com
With its first label release, "The Eyes: They See" (produced by Steven Haigler who mixed most of the Pixies' output), the Charlotte four-piece outdoes itself pushing its already layered take on grand pop-rock with details like R&B-flavored synth, ample grooves, and tracks that move from funky and danceable to hard-charging. The official release is March 5, but locals can get the album at the show.
8 p.m. Tuesday, February 19, Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. Free. www.snugrock.com
This female-fronted trio seems attracted to the dark side with its arty, but still accessible heavy, emotional rock and stirring visual components, which seems fitting for an act from spooky historic Savannah. Yet Cusses’ sound mixes that element with a more modern feel that’s attracted MTVU, who picked up two of its videos.
7 p.m. Wednseday, February 20, Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $20-$35. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com
Widespread Panic/Allman Brothers’ guitarist Jimmy Herring teams with jazz fusion guitarist Wayne Krantz (Steely Dan), prolific session and live musicians Michael Landau and Keith Carlock and African musician Etienne Mbappe to play material created for this new band as well as songs from their other ventures.
Mary Chapin Carpenter/Shawn Colvin
7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 21, Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. $39.50-$54.50. www.blumenthalarts.org