In another life, roots-rock veteran Scott Miller had to have been a fire-and-brimstone preacher. Its not that he betrays a particularly spiritual bent on his latest album Big Big World (F.A.Y. Records), but an absolutely evangelical fervor comes through. Whether lamenting how I Gave You the Power or giving wry history lessons on Cold War Veterans, Millers matter-of-fact delivery is so convincingly earnest that its impossible to imagine doubting him, ever. Services of a sort will convene Saturday at Raleighs Pour House, where Miller will play. Rob Nance opens at 9 p.m. and tickets are $12-$15. See thepourhousemusichall.com for details.
• Parmalee, riding high on the country hit single “Carolina,” plays Raleigh’s City Limits Saloon on Friday. Venerable reggae institution the Wailers play Sunday at the Carrboro ArtsCenter. And Greensboro’s ethereal folk duo Lowland Hum plays Durham’s Motorco Music Hall on Thursday – the same night Jackyl brings actual chainsaw rock to Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre.