David Mayfield Parade
Friday 8 p.m. Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $12-$14. www.eveningmuse.com.
Somewhere between vogue-ing and hot bluegrass picking (which both make appearances in his shows), the acoustic band leader crafts a concert like no other – goofy one moment, ripping your heart out with a ballad the next. The oft-changing Parade features an acoustic trio this time with bassist Jennifer Ann and fiddler Crystal Shipley.
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Tuesday 8 p.m. Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $16-$18. www.visulite.com.
The experimental Los Angeles trio releases its first album in six years April 1. Awash in cinematic atmosphere much like fan Thom Yorke’s work, it pairs rippling beats with gentle, sometimes ghostly female vocals. Each track peels back a layer from the softer side of industrial to poppier dance hooks to a trippy meeting of the Pixies, Beatles and Nirvana.
Chance the Rapper
Wednesday 8 p.m. The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $39.50. www.livenation.com.
While the world anxiously awaits a new full-length solo release, the Chicago emcee has edged into the mainstream with a growing profile that includes co-writes on Kanye West’s “The Life of Pablo” and a surprise appearance in Justin Bieber’s recent L.A. concert, while remaining one of leftist alternative hip-hop’s elite.
G. Love & Special Sauce
Wednesday 8 p.m. Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $25-$30. www.visulite.com.
On his latest album, “Love Saves the Day,” the longtime purveyor of hip-hop-flavored blues relies on guest duets to shake things up and out of his tried and true, fun and funky formula. Lucinda Williams, Ozomatli, David Hidalgo of Los Lobos, DJ Logic and Citizen Cope add variety to the sauce.
Wednesday 9 p.m. Double Door Inn, 1218 Charlottetown Ave. $8-$10. www.doubledoorinn.com.
It’s no surprise this bluesy Southern rock unit hails from Nashville, Tenn., home of garage rockers Diarrhea Planet and Jeff the Brotherhood. They share a grittiness and a sense of freedom rarely found in Music City’s corporate side. But the Gypsies pack more twang into their hopping acoustic rock ’n’ soul like it has a direct line to Hank Williams’ ghost.