Wayne Henderson & Clay Lunsford
Friday 7:30 p.m., Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Ave., Free, www.folksociety.org
This pair of guitar virtuosos take different approaches to thumb-style picking, which is reflected in their duo album “Thumb to Thumb: The Museum Recordings.” Although known for launching music festivals and building a guitar for Eric Clapton (Henderson), it’s the picking that should be witnessed.
Friday 8 p.m., Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave., $25/$100 VIP, www.tremontmusichall.com
After wowing fans with 2013’s solo tour of Bauhaus songs, Murphy returns with “Lion” - a collaboration with producer Youth (Killing Joke, the Verve) that’s bracingly catchy, dark and deep. It should please both fans of Bauhaus and Marilyn Manson’s less metallic side and proves aging rockers can still make vital music.
Hooray For Earth
Friday 8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $10-$12, www.neighborhoodtheatre.com
This NYC indie rock band led by songwriter Noel Heroux comes into its own on the new album, “Racy,” which echoes the classic 4AD label’s sound with heavy shoegazer, dream pop, and Brit-pop shout outs. Co-producer Chris Coady could be a big factor. He’s worked with Future Islands and Beach House and there are similarities here too.
Booker T. Jones
Saturday 8 p.m., McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St., $34.50-$64.50, www.blumenthalarts.org
The heavily decorated (Rn’R Hall of Fame, Grammy Lifetime Achievement) Hammond B3 master and soul legend won two recent Grammys for records with the Roots and Drive-By Truckers. Now the leader of the MGs is back with another guest heavy turn on the album “Sound the Alarm.”
Friday 9 p.m., Amos’, 1423. S. Tryon St., $17-$20, www.amossouthend.com
The Texas alt-rock band road 1994’s “Rubberneck” up the charts as grunge peaked. Having broken up in 2001 and reunited in 2008 with two well received newer albums, it celebrates the breakthrough album’s 20th anniversary on tour. With Austin’s Black Pistol Fire, who make garage blues like early Black Keys and White Stripes.
Friday 10 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $10, www.snugrock.com
The nimble tongued Detroit emcee delivers a solo beats set of busy, bold, intelligent alternative hip-hop. A look at his eclectic list of recent collaborators - the Roots’ Black Thought, Jack White, and Robert Glasper - should give you an idea how vibrant and soulful his old school-fueled hip-hop is.
God Save the Queen City Festival
Saturday 3 p.m., Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St., $15-$20, www.chopshopnoda.com
With Jeff the Brotherhood, Apache Relay, Jonny Fritz, Natural Child, Clear Plastic Masks, and Promise Land Sound, Nashville is as well represented as Charlotte at the fourth annual indie Americana and rock festival. The taste making fest features 19 acts, including some of the city’s best local bands.
Saturday 8 p.m., Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., $8-$10, www.eveningmuse.com
On her new album “Ease My Mind” the singer-songwriter sounds more Nashville than Brooklyn (her home base) where she traded her jazz studies for twangy pedal steel, gritty, heartfelt storytelling, delicate vocals, and straight forward country-folk songwriting. With Christian Lee Hutson.
Thursday 9 p.m., Chop Shop, 399 35th St., $25-$28/$55 VIP, www.doubledoorinn.comBefore his use of the band name expires August 31 following a drawn out settlement with his former bandmates, original singer Geoff Tate embarks on his final Queensryche tour. His band, which features Quiet Riot’s Rudy Sarzo, will then be known as Operation Mindcrime after the group’s most popular album. With Ireland’s the Voodoos.