Although it had its biggest hits – ?Molly (Sixteen Candles)?and ?Have You Seen Mary? – over 15 years ago, this Detroit rock combo hasamassed a legion of loyal fans based on the strength of its lesser known albumtracks and sweaty live shows.
10:30 p.m. Friday,February 3, Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $22-$24. 704-376-3737.
The Soul Coughing frontman added author to his resume thisweek with the release of his memoir ?The Book of Drugs? and will share passagesduring this intimate likely sell-out show. This week also marked the release ofhis live double album ?The Question Jar Show,? which captured his interactive2009 tour.
The Loudermilks/JohnHowie, Jr.
10 p.m. Friday,February 3, Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. $7. 704-333-9799.
It?s a night for talented roots rock songwriters as formermembers of popular Charlotte band Lou Ford (the Loudermilks) and former Two Dollar Pistol (Howie) team with the Rosewood Bluff and Bart Lattimore.
The Charlotte neo-folk singer-songwriter celebrates the newand old South on his ambitious new double album (on vinyl with digital downloadcode) at the 40-plus-year-old venue that gave him his stage name.
10 p.m. Saturday,February 4, Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. $7. 704-333-9799.
This Atlanta quartet, whose struggles are chronicled in the?Hurry Up and Wait? documentary, make garage pop with the flowery patchworkcharm of `60s British psychedelic rock on its latest disc, ?Count Yer LuckyStars.?
8 p.m. Monday,February 6, Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $15-$18. 704-358-9200.
Despite the infectious 2011 single ?Steal Your Heart,? theSan Diego pop-rockers were dropped by Epic after revealing a more mature, criticallyapplauded sound. Buzzing British duo Graffiti6 opens the show.
Following up the Grammy nominated, 2007 critical darling?The Blackening,? the veteran metal band returned in 2011 with another grand metalopus (?Unto the Locust?) that ranked on several end-of-year best of lists.
8 p.m. Wednesday,February 8, Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $8-$10. 704-376-3737.
Whether doing the alt-country thing with her old band theMidnight Shivers, veering toward electrified indie-rock or the more sparseorchestral folk of her new single, this Oklahoma songwriter packs an originalvoice that haunts and lingers.