Friday 7 p.m., Fountain Plaza at NC Music Factory, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $25/$40 VIP, www.ncmusicfactory.com
At its annual Music, Monsters, & Mayhem the Music Factory celebrates Halloween with the `90’s biggest hip-hop/pop crossovers Tone Loc and Coolio (who, through his acting, has flirted with the horror genre). Prices include admission into many surrounding venues. Best costume wins $2,000, plus other goodies.
Deniro Farrar & Denzel Curry
Friday 9 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 35th St., $15, www.neighborhoodtheatre.com
If it’s new school hip-hop you’re looking for Deniro Farrar (born and raised in Charlottes) straddles edgy streetwise rap and enlightenment on “The Rebirth EP,” which is garnering national attention from MTV, Spin, and Pitchfork.com. He ends his successful first national co-headlining tour with a Halloween homecoming show.
Friday 9 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $20, www.snugrock.com
Plaza-Midwood hosts even older school hip-hop at the 8th Annual Haunted Harbor which features an unlikely pairing of colorful characters - influential `80s rapper Slick Rick the Ruler and neighborhood fixtures singer-songwriter Benji Hughes and over-the-top metal manglers the Poontanglers with DJ Justin Aswell.
Annual Halloween Fiasco/Dia De Los Muertos Fiasco
Friday & Saturday 9 p.m., The Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd., $7, www.themilestoneclub.com
Each year the Milestone celebrates Halloween by having local bands masquerade, musically, as artists of yesteryear. This year they’ve added a second show Saturday. Friday’s tributes include INXS, Shania Twain, Beck, and the Bangles. Saturday it’s Prince, Nirvana, the Cars, Jimmy Buffet, Jesus Lizard, the Plasmastics, and the Pogues.
Saturday 7:30 p.m., Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd., $59.48-$85.81, www.ticketmaster.com
Fans that have longed for the acclaimed singer-songwriter, whose music hovers around the classic style of Tim Buckley and Nick Drake, to put Charlotte on his tour schedule. They finally get their wish following the release of his Dan Auerbach-produced fifth album, “Supernova,” which hit No. 1 on the Rock charts. With the Belle Brigade.
The Lone Bellow
Tuesday 8 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $20, www.visulite.com
The Georgia-bred, NYC-led roots combo preps the follow-up to its breakthrough self-titled 2013 album for a 2015 release. They’ll preview new material from the Aaron Dessner-produced record (the National’s guitarist), which promises to build on its gospel and soul rooted blend of country and folk-rock.
Saturday 8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $33.58, www.livenation.com
Eleven albums, a revolving door of members (the latest of note being award winner Jason Isbell), and a near 30 year partnership between chief songwriters Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood, the Athens staple has made, in its latest album “English Oceans,” what even Hood calls its best since 2003’s “Decoration Day.” The group ends its tour here.
Ian Hunter (and the Rant Band) /Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby
Wednesday 8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 35th St., $25-$35, www.neighborhoodtheatre.com
The influential Mott the Hoople frontman and prolific solo artist - he sang “All the Young Dudes” and penned classic rock staples “Cleveland Rocks” and “Once Bitten Twice Shy” - heads up a bill that includes the married underground duo behind 1977’s oft-covered “Whole Wide World” (him) and 1996’s acclaimed “Diary of a Mod Housewife” (her).
Wednesday 8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $47.87, www.livenation.com
Hunter’s junior by six years, fellow Brit Trower, is an equally influential English guitarist and sometime singer, who cut his musical teeth with Procol Harum before 1974’s solo smash “Bridge of Sighs,” which remains in daily rotation at classic rock radio. He’s also a guitar hero whose work once rivaled Hendrix’s.