Friday 8:30 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $25-$30. www.visulite.com
Fans anxiously awaiting the Grammy nominated adult-pop star’s follow-up to 2011’s “Rabbits on the Run” - which showed the “A Thousand Miles” singer maturing in voice with simpler arrangements - can debate whether they’ll get that new album before the birth of Carlton’s first child. She revealed she’s pregnant at a concert last week.
Friday 9 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $32. www.livenation.com
As a forward thinker in a forward-thinking field, the UK DJ and producer expands on dubstep’s distorted wall of sound with textured dynamics (the track “The Scientist”) and musical shout-outs to vintage 8-bit, rave, and hip-hop. He’s collaborated with Childish Gambino and Major Lazer and Jay-Z and Kanye sampled his work on “Watch the Throne.”
Friday 10 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., Free. www.snugrock.com
The prolific Charlotte outfit consisting of local rock vets celebrates the release of its second full-length, “Rock N’ Roll Dreams,” with help from Pullman Strike and the Sammies. The album finds the group, who opened for Bob Seger at the arena in April, continuing to evolve its classic sound.
Blues Brews & BBQ
Friday and Saturday. 7:30 p.m., Tryon St. between Trade and Stonewall, Free. www.charlottebbqfestival.com
Besides booze and `cue, the 11th BB&B features live blues on two stages. Charlotte Blues Society presents regional favorites like Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues, while Tinsley Ellis, the Soul Rebels, Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights and Vintage Trouble headline the Budweiser Stage.
Saturday 8 p.m., Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., $6-$8. www.eveningmuse.com
Although its set seemed cut short the Athens’ indie-rock quartet was a stand-out among stand-outs at the God Save the Queen City Fest in September with its hypnotic mix of dreamy shoegazer and delicate psychedelics layered atop a folk-anchored songwriting base.
Pete Rock & CL Smooth
Saturday 9 p.m., Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St., $20-$35. www.chopshopnoda.com
The jazzy NY hip-hop duo split in 1995 after the follow-up to 1992’s hit “Mecca and The Soul Brother” failed to repeat the success of its now classic predecessor (Rock went on to produce folks like Kanye West). The two regrouped in 2010 and now celebrate the 20th anniversary the seminal, influential hit album.
Sean Watkins/Tom Brosseau
Tuesday 10 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $5. www.snugrock.com
The Nickel Creek guitarist/vocalist and songwriter joins acclaimed, literary Midwestern folk songwriter Brosseau whose new album Watkins produced. They bring a hint of the musical camaraderie found at L.A.’s songwriting hub Club Largo to Country Tuesday.
Rickie Lee Jones
Thursday 7:30 p.m., McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St., $35-$42.50. www.blumenthalarts.org
When it comes to following her muse, the eclectic duchess of Coolsville (to borrow from the title of her 2005 anthology) has spent a 35-year career exploring jazz, pop, blues, rock, gospel, folk, and electronic music. Her latest Ben Harper-produced album, “The Devil You Know” examines rock n’ roll through her unique filter.
Thursday 8 p.m., Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., $8-$10. www.eveningmuse.comIf the label “sundress rock” garners a smile or piques your curiosity, then step into the colorful musical world of this playful folk-rock singer-songwriter. Named “Female Performer of the Year” in her native New England, the youthful 30-year-old sings like a sassier Sarah Barreilles crossed with an A-list country belter.