There’s plenty going on with “A Friend in the World” (Badman Records), the seventh and newest album from the Portland all-female trio Lovers. Balancing electronic rhythms with acoustic flourishes, the album’s 10 songs are both kinetic and thoughtful in equal measure, with room for thorny sexual politics in the lyrics and hooks amid the strums and beats. Lovers open for Crystal Antlers on Friday at The Pinhook in Durham. Showtime is 9 p.m. and tickets are $7. See thepinhook.com for details.
• Friday, old-school pop superstar Michael Bublé sings at Raleigh’s PNC Arena while local acoustic ensemble Mipso shows off its new album “Dark Holler Pop” (Robust Records) at Saxapahaw’s Haw River Ballroom. Saturday brings sultry singer Neko Case to Durham Performing Arts Center, the venerable English Beat to Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle and Des Ark opening for Tim Barry at Chapel Hill’s Local 506. Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt trade songs and quips at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Memorial Hall on Sunday, the same night Butch Walker plays Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre.
• Pianist Nellie McKay performs with Turtle Island Quartet at Raleigh’s Fletcher Hall on Tuesday, while Band of Heathens play Raleigh’s Pour House, J. Roddy Walston & the Business roll into Kings in Raleigh and Local 506 has the wonderfully named The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die. DPAC offers up exceptionally fine R&B with India.Arie on Tuesday and John Legend on Thursday. Built to Spill headlines the Cradle on Wednesday, and Southern Culture on the Skids is at the top of the bill for “Mondo Zombie Boogaloo” on Halloween night (Thursday) at the Cradle, with Los Straitjackets and Fleshtones.