(Jazz Alley) See Thursday.
Claps and Slaps Tour: Black Milk, J.Pinder, A.Dd+
(Crocodile) See Stranger Suggests.
Queer Adult Rock Camp Showcase: Secret Shoppers, Tender Forever, Fucking Dyke Bitches
(Chop Suey) See The Homosexual Agenda.
Sharon Van Etten, the War on Drugs
(Neptune) It's been a big year for New-York-by-way-of-New-Jersey singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten and her chilling songs of sorrow and resolve, and it's been a big year for her latest label, Jagjaguwar, which signed her at last year's SXSW. Since then, Van Etten released Tramp (produced by the National's Aaron Dessner), built up a reputation for stunning and delicate shows, and received accolades in the press. Also, she plays the Omnichord and harmonium, the latter of which is like a stationary accordion. Van Etten's young and has a promising career ahead of her. GRANT BRISSEY
Lucero, the Drowning Men
(Neumos) Breaking news: Lucero's new album, Women & Work, features Southern barroom rock songs about women, ghosts, and drinking. There's slide guitar, there are horns. There's a high-energy love song about a woman with a kiss like lightning and a weepy, self-deprecating tune about the one who got away. Hunky singer Ben Nichols says the words "baby," "darlin'," "honey," and "drink" over and over again. Women & Work is everything that every Lucero record has been before. But goddamn if I don't fall for it each time. MEGAN SELING