Friday 8 p.m., Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., $8-$10, www.eveningmuse.com
Hailed early on by Stephen King as a new Springsteen and having since lived a wild life that inspired the film “Rounders” (its screenwriter gave him his first deal), the once down and out Chicago born singer-songwriter is on an upswing having raised over $50,000 for his next album with his band the Westies via Kickstarter.
A Night with Charlotte Legends
Saturday 8 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $10, www.visulite.com
The trio of Donna Duncan, Gigi Dover, and Lenny Federal open this ongoing series showcasing the city’s strong musical roots with artists that built the local scene and have been playing here for decades. The first night focuses on three staples in blues, Americana and soul.
Saturday 9 p.m., The Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd., $5-$7, www.themilestoneclub.com
Milestone owner Jonathan Hughes (25 Minutes to Go/HU/LK) and his rock n’ roll fashionista wife Stephanie make adorably sexy, lo-fi keytar pop - having purchased the totally `80s instrument after a big tip from Ke$ha no less - in this electronic duo. They celebrate the release of their ton-of-fun first album.
Saturday 9 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $7-$10, www.neighborhoodtheatre.com
The Charlotte roots rock quintet celebrates the release of its second album, “Silver Lining,” a classic country-rock effort built on lonesome pedal steel, earnest delivery, shuffles and waltzes with complementary guitar picking that adds color and texture with echoes of Drive-By Truckers, Ryan Adams, and Fleetwood Mac.
Saturday 10 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $5, www.snugrock.com
Greevace, Lavamouth, gogo Pilot, Pig F****r, and David Childers pay tribute to the Creative Loafing photographer Chris Radok on the anniversary of his death. Radok, who was known for his music photography and shot for the publication for many years, was murdered during a break-in at his home in January 2011.
Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra
Wednesday 7:30 p.m., McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St., $14.50-$34.50, www.blumenthalarts.org
This 12-piece New Zealand ensemble started by Flight of the Conchords’ Ben McKenzie has drawn global attention for its loose, humorous stage show, choir-like harmonies and inventive multi-ukulele renditions of Justin Timberlake, Kings of Leon, Prince, Dolly Parton and Toto songs.
The Independents/Black Cat Attack
Thursday 9 p.m., The Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd., $8, www.themilestoneclub.com
It’s hard to think of a better indie horror punk pairing than the Carolina-based stalwarts the Independents and Ontario’s Black Cat Attack. Both make charging, dark and catchy punk. The former was managed by Joey Ramone before his death and the latter features female singer Valerie Knox.
Thursday 9 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $12-$15, www.visulite.com
Since blasting out of Athens with a nerdy garage rock swagger in 2005, the trio has become one of the hardest working American rock bands touring clubs and releasing consistently good albums that show slow growth and maturity while never hampering the original energy. Its latest is its fifth album, “Modern Creation.”
Thursday 9 p.m., Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave., $10-$12, www.doubledoorinn.com
A former college basketball star and rapper who formed his blues combo the year an injury ended a potential career in sports, the Mississippi electric blues guitarist merges innovation through his mix of rock, blues, and hip-hop played on unique custom Clevenger cut-out guitars while carrying the tradition of B.B. King and Muddy Waters. The above video features footage from Charlotte's Double Door Inn.