Miranda Lambert/Dierks Bentley
7 p.m. Friday, August 23, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd. $38.25-$67. www.livenation.com
She’s redneck feminist country’s leading lady. He’s the genre’s red dirt pinup . They team up on the Locked & ReLoaded Tour, which shakes up the setlist and formula of Lambert’s memorable and emotional January 2012 concert (following the death of her father-in-law) for a larger crowd and possibly bigger production. With “The Voice” contestant Gwen Sebastian and rising stars the Randy Rogers Band.
8 p.m. Friday, August 23, McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St. $28.50-$32.50. www.blumenthalarts.org
Despite a maze of lineup shifts over the years (leaving Kurt Neumann its only founding member), the Wisconsin rock combo nears its 30th year in 2014. The group took a break after it enjoyed its biggest hit - 1996’s “Closer to Free” - thanks to “Party of Five,” but its career of late has been prolific with four releases in three years.
Maxi Priest/Beres Hammond
8:30 p.m. Friday, August 23, Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. $45-$90. www.blumenthalarts.org
Dubbed the Kings of Lovers Rock, the veteran vocalists may be the smoothest cats in reggae with a style that owes as much to R&B as rock steady, roots, and dancehall. Hammond delivers songs like a classic soul singer, while Priest’s pop tendencies earned him smash mainstream crossovers in the late `80s and `90s.
Crunk Witch/Louis Logic
9 p.m. Saturday, August 24, The Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd. $7. www.themilestoneclub.com
The electronic husband and wife duo should get a mention for its name alone, but it's frantic and spastic to dark and spooky beat-driven tracks are of note as well. It’s paired with the sometimes confounding, often surprising emcee who tosses musical styles in a soup pot much like a mad Iron hip-hop chef. Thought Criminals and Red Jesse open.
7 p.m. Sunday, August 25, Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St. $13-$15. www.amossouthend.com
With catchy soul-pop tracks like its current single “I Can’t Help” the Charlottesville outfit is an adequate substitute for Maroon 5. It's fittingly logged time on the road with Kelly Clarkson and its just-released third album, “Overnight,” follows modest adult contemporary hits “She Is Love” and “Something to Believe In.” With Matt Hires and Andrew Ripp.
7 p.m. Wednesday, August 28, Uptown Amphitheatre, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $34-$40.50. www.livenation.com
“Relix Magazine” suggested in 2012 that classic jam stalwart Umphrey’s McGee might be the “Last Jam Band Standing.” The same could be said for forward-thinking, futuristic electro-jam outfit STS9, who as Sound Tribe Sector 9 led the live electronic rave-meets-jam concert hybrid years before it was an attraction at Bonnaroo.
We The Kings/Breathe Carolina
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 28, Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St. $20-$23. www.amossouthend.com
It's evident from its catchy pop-rock tracks that the Florida quartet grew up during the rise of snappy emo-pop acts like Jimmy Eat World. Colorado-based electronic duo Breathe Carolina provides a link between youthful pop and bubbly club jams. T. Mills, the Ready Set, and Like the Movies round out the bill.
7 p.m. Thursday, August 29, Visulite 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $18-$20. www.visulite.com
What started as a full British band is now the folky alter-ego of English singer-songwriter Mike Rosenberg who makes pastoral, genteel acoustic songs with pop sensibilities - think a sparse and intimate Van Morrison or Nick Drake.
10 p.m. Thursday, August 29, Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. $3. www.snugrock.com
Atlanta produced an heir to feminist post-riot grrrl with this female trio (down a member from a quartet). There’s no sloganeering here though. The songs, while sometimes brash and unpredictable, are personal and layered responses to life, death, and relationships.