The week’s best concerts: Sept. 27-Oct. 3

Palehound
7th St. Entry, Wednesday 9.27
Along with bands like Krill and Pile, Palehound are at the forefront of Boston’s current indie rock charge. Originally the solo project of singer and guitarist Ellen Kempner, Palehound became a trio with the addition of bassist Larz Brogan and drummer Jesse Weiss, though Kempner’s idiosyncrasies still define the band’s sound. Palehound’s songs tend to be quiet and intimate—except when they’re not. The band like to shred and stomp, too, evoking any number of fuzzy Matador Records bands from the ’90s, but with Kempner’s sneaky vocal hooks and veritable shredding, their sound is ultimately more refreshing than revivalist. With standouts like “If You Met Her” and “Feeling Fruit,” this year’s A Place I’ll Always Go, the follow-up to 2015’s Dry Food, makes Palehound two-for-two. Tall Friend and Strange Relations open. 18+. 7:30 p.m. $12-$14. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-338-8388. —Michael Madden

  • GLASS ANIMALS Sept. 27, 6:00 p.m. at Palace Theatre
  • HELLO PSYCHALEPPO Sept. 27, 9:00 p.m. at Walker Art Center
  • LAVENDER COUNTRY Sept. 27-28, 7:30 p.m. at The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge
  • ANTIBALAS Sept. 28, 7:00 p.m. at Fine Line Music Cafe
  • JONNY FRITZ Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m. at Triple Rock Social Club
  • BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE Sept. 28, 7:00 p.m. at Palace Theatre
  • FRANKIE COSMOS Sept. 29, 5:00 p.m. at Triple Rock Social Club
  • THE BAD PLUS: BILL FRISELL ’85-’95 Sept. 29, 7:00 p.m. at Walker Art Center
  • THE MAVERICKS Sept. 29, 8:00 p.m. at Historic State Theatre
  • THE NUNNERY (ALBUM RELEASE SHOW) Sept. 30, 9:30 p.m. at Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater
  • FLAMIN’ OH’S Sept. 30, 8:00 p.m. at Turf Club
  • GARIFUNA COLLECTIVE Sept. 30, 8:00 p.m. at The Cedar Cultural Center
  • FUTURE ISLANDS Oct. 1, 7:00 p.m. at First Avenue
  • COUNTRY DOCTORS Oct. 1, 2:00 p.m. at Eagles Club #34
  • DEBASHISH BHATTACHARYA AND DEREK GRIPPER Oct. 1, 7:00 p.m. at Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

Japanese Breakfast
Triple Rock Social Club, Monday 10.2
Originally known as a member of Philly band Little Big League, Michelle Zauner has made a name for herself with Japanese Breakfast, a solo project that’s freed her to venture wherever she wants sonically. Japanese Breakfast began small with a lo-fi cassette release in 2013, eventually releasing a full-length debut, last year’s Psychopomp, which was initially intended to be the project’s only LP. But Zauner ended up signing with Dead Oceans and expediently turned out a follow-up, this summer’s forward-leap Soft Sounds from Another Planet. Zauner may be most comfortable in fairly traditional indie-rock and singer-songwriter modes, but she also maneuvers from dream-pop ethereality to shoegaze crunch and other cosmic sounds. And when the mood strikes her, she’s capable of stunning beauty: Take Soft Sounds standout “Boyish,” where she ascends to glorious orchestral-pop heights. Mannequin Pussy and the Spirit of the Beehive open. 18+. 8 p.m. $12-$14. 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-333-7399. —Michael Madden

Angel Olsen
First Avenue, Monday 10.2
After working with the likes of the Cairo Gang and Will Oldham, singer-songwriter Angel Olsen first emerged as a solo artist with the spare, poignant folk of her 2012 debut, Half Way Home. Her breakthrough, though, came two years later with the more expansive Burn Your Fire for No Witness, which offered a range of highlights in the whispery opener “Unfucktheworld” and the twangy rock of “Forgiven/Forgotten” and “Hi-Five.” Olsen’s 2016 follow-up, My Woman, featured more stylistic departures, as well as distillations of everything the 30-year-old does well, moving from the graceful synth-cloud “Intern” to the urgent rocker “Shut Up Kiss Me” to the steadily building, eight-minute “Woman.” No matter the accompaniment, though, Olsen is at the center as a gifted singer, sharing some of Fiona Apple’s emotive precision. 18+. 7 p.m. $25. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-338-8388. —Michael Madden

  • MATT POND PA Oct. 2, 7:00 p.m. at Turf Club
  • DRAB MAJESTY Oct. 2, 7:00 p.m. at 7th St. Entry
  • JONATHA BROOKE Oct. 2, 7:00 p.m. at Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

Curren$y
Cabooze, Tuesday 10.3
This NOLA rapper does his thing—serving up languid, Southern-fried rap that’s compulsively quotable and often funny, with a few smoked-out quasi-epiphanies tucked into his rhymes—and he does it very well. Critics have often fixated on his affiliation with superstars like Lil Wayne and Wiz Khalifa, but at this point, Curren$y (who first emerged in the early 2000s as a member of No Limit Records’ 504 Boyz) has secured his own fan base, which knows he’s one of the most reliable rappers out there today. Over the past decade, he’s stayed relevant with a seemingly never-ending streak of albums and mixtapes (downloaded millions of times on sites like DatPiff), but there are fan favorites within his vast discography. Take his trio of Pilot Talk albums, which serve as the basis for his current tour. The first two installments arrived in 2010, then he returned with the worthy third part in 2015, reuniting with guests like Wiz and go-to producer Ski Beatz. Kent Jones, Corner Boy P, and T.Y. open. 18+. 9 p.m. $25-$30. 917 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis; 612-338-6425. —Michael Madden

Moses Sumney
Icehouse, Tuesday 10.3
An elusive quality pervades the music of Moses Sumney. Since 2014, the Los Angeles singer-songwriter has dazzled with his singing voice, which, though a little odd in its creaky imperfections, is nonetheless a mellifluous wonder, with vocal acrobatics that serve as the focal point of his songs. Apart from that, though, he’s hard to categorize, freely blending folk, soul, and more into music that swells with the mystic sweep of Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks. After a three-year period during which he released just two EPs and a string of singles, Sumney’s excellent debut album, Aromanticism, a concept LP about “lovelessness as a sonic dreamscape,” arrived last week via Jagjaguwar. Along with re-workings of early fan favorites “Plastic” and “Lonely World,” the album’s highlights include the powerful subtleties of “Quarrel” and “Indulge Me.” 21+. 9:30 p.m. $16. 2528 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-276-6523. —Michael Madden

  • DEAN MAGRAW & DAVU SERU Oct. 3, 7:00 p.m. at Black Dog Cafe
  • TEI SHI Oct. 3, 7:00 p.m. at 7th St. Entry
  • WRLDZ Oct. 3, 9:00 p.m. at Nomad World Pub

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