Beyond the Fade
Friday 8 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $10-$12, www.amossouthend.com
The Charlotte melodic hard rock band celebrates the release of its new album, “Welcome to the Pain,” which is rich in mainstream modern rock anthems. Boosted by major label-sounding production and skillful vocalist Neil Jackson, tracks from the album could easily find a home scoring a WWE Pay-Per-View or NASCAR race, TV and film.
Eat from a Truck
Saturday Noon to 6 p.m., AvidXChange Music Factory, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $10/$25 VIP/Kids 10 and under free, www.eatfromatruck.com
From fish n’ chips and BBQ to dumplings, lobster dogs, and Banh Mi, the Music Factory gathers over 100 four wheel kitchens for this festival of food. Americana showman and live favorite Langhorne Slim & the Law, Family & Friends, and Thirsty Beaver house band the Loose Lugnuts provide live music while kids can shake up lunch in bouncy houses and on obstacle courses and the climbing wall. A portion of proceeds benefits Kids First of the Carolinas.
Dinosaur Jr./Cloud Nothings
Saturday 8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $25-$28, www.neighborhoodtheatre.com
It’s been 11 years since the founding members of the indie rock pioneer reformed and the trio of J. Mascis, Lou Barlow, and Murph continue to churn out good music that’s in league with its old stuff. Cloud Nothings has its own avid following thanks to consistent buzz for its fuzzy blend of spiraling energy and pop hooks, global touring, mainstream acclaim, and prime slots on big summer festivals.
Saturday 10 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $6, www.snugrock.com
Funk is arguably one of the most unifying genres out there. There’s almost a universal appreciation for Prince, George Clinton, and Rick James. Raleigh native Jamil Rashad takes a cue from classic funk and soul’s forefathers and vintage hip-hop to create his modern strain of funk. He plays following a performance on opening night at Raleigh’s taste-making Hopscotch Festival.
Sunday 8 p.m., Stage Door Theater, $15, 155 N. College St., $15, www.blumenthalarts.org
This Louisville songwriter recently put the “folk” in Newport Folk Festival at the Rhode Island gathering with an astonishingly simple and lovely set that NPR Music recorded for its website. Her acoustic accompaniment, gentle voice, and focus on lyrics recall folk legends like Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez and boils the pomp and production of a live show back down to the strength of a song.
Devin Townsend Project/Between the Buried and Me
Monday 6:30 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $25-$30/$55 VIP, www.amossouthend.com
The one-time vocalist for Steve Vai-turned-founder of Canadian metal outfit Strapping Young Lad has dabbled in everything from industrial to prog to new age music with his signature wall-of-sound style production. He’s paired with NC prog-metal heroes BTBAM – last seen at Carolina Rebellion. You can bet this pair will draw a room of on guitar geeks hanging on every note.
Monday 9 p.m., Thomas St. Tavern, 1218 Thomas Ave., TBA, www.creaturecomfortband.com
This Nashville foursome make tranquil indie pop, but there’s something unsettling beneath the jangly guitars, subtle space-rock moodiness, and thoughtful lyrics. The same is true of its ambitious (especially for an indie outfit), fantasy-driven music videos. If Death Cab for Cutie and Explosions in the Sky were locked in a basement together, it might sound a bit like this.
Tuesday 9:45 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $11, www.snugrock.com
Dressed like your great grandmother’s milkman, wielding a guitar, playing vintage black-snake-moaning blues, one might assume C.W. Stoneking just stepped out of a time machine from the Mississippi Delta circa 1930, yet his tattooed hands place him squarely in the 20th century. The roots-steeped musician actually hails from present day rural Australia where he’s collected numerous music awards over the past decade.