Sold Out: Father John Misty
The Alternative: Dead Winter Carpenters
While this North Lake Tahoe-based bluegrass band may not as guitar-heavy as Father John, their lyrics are just as outrageous and they’ll have some moments of hardcore jamming, even if it involves a fiddle. Their newest album, Ain't It Strange is a mix of quiet, calm melodies, and twangy vocals, as well as darker, quicker passed harmonic songs like "How to Make a Living 101." Friday, 10/5, 8 p.m., $15, Brick & Mortar Music Hall, 155 Fell St.
Sold Out: Beach House
The Alternative: Maria Minerva
Originally from Finland but now based out of New York, Minerva’s music is a twisted maze of synth beats and her lithe, whispy vocals, similar to Beach House’s dreamy atmospheric sound. She recently released her newest LP, Not Not Fun so expect a lot of new material. Sunday, 9/30, 8 p.m., $10, Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St.
Sold Out: Michael Kiwanuka
The Alternative: Kacey Johansing
Local songstress Johansing has been a part of many projects, including psychedelic garage band the Geographers, but has since struck out on her own, having released her debut album, Many Seasons, in 2010, and her sophomore effort, Grand Ghosts, this Friday at the Brick and Mortar. And like with Michael Kiwanuka, it’s the voice that’s the selling point. Johansing’s sultry, lilting voice is crystal clear and every lyric as moving as poetry.