Who knew that inside Dwight Yoakam's bandleader for all those years, the heart of a bluesman was beating? That's Pete Anderson, best-known for his two decades as Yoakam's lead-guitar foil and also producer of many superlative twang-rock albums (including the Backsliders' 1997 cult classic Throwin' Rocks at the Moon). Anderson is out on his own nowadays and blue tones predominate on his latest solo album, Birds Above Guitarland (Little Dog Records), with shades of roots rock and even a hint of jazz. Anderson will play it live Saturday at Papa Mojo's in Durham. Cover is $10 and showtime is 9:30 p.m. See papamojosroadhouse.com for details.
• The Hopscotch Music Festival continues through this weekend, with John Cale, Breeders, Mikal Cronin and Mount Moriah among the highlights; for those not Hopscotching, Friday brings the always-fun Pink Martini to Raleigh's N.C. Museum of Art, interplanetary love man Benji Hughes to Chapel Hill's Local 506 and Laurelyn Dossett & Friends to Saxapahaw's Haw River Ballroom.
• Kelly Clarkson opens for Maroon 5 at Raleigh's Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek Tuesday, the same night Black Joe Lewis is at Carrboro's Cat's Cradle with Dex Romweber Duo.
• Roots-rock demigod Bill Kirchen is back to play Raleigh's Southland Ballroom on Thursday, and downtown Raleigh's September music festival continues with SPARKcon also getting underway Thursday ( sparkcon.com).