JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD, ISRAEL NASH
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Singer/songwriter Jessica Lea Mayfield can do whatever she wants, from heartland country-folk to damaged post-blues confessionals. Her third album, Make My Head Sing, is her most extreme yet, pairing the Ohio native's blue-moon vocals with crunching, grungy rock. NED LANNAMANN
MEWITHOUTYOU, THE WORLD IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE AND I AM NO LONGER AFRAID TO DIE, DARK ROOMS
(Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE César E. Chávez) Of all the bands swept up in the Great Emo Revival of 2013 (don't snicker, that was a real thing), the World Is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid To Die is, without question, the one with the most ridiculous name. They're also one of the best. Sprung from the Northeast, 10-member-strong TWIABP employs many of emo's hallmarks on its 2013 album Whenever, If Ever—strained vocals, ultra-inclusive ethos, guitars for days—but does it with a sense of adventure: in sudden dynamic shifts, in synth and string sections, in arpeggiated chords that recall a dynamic post-rock band. They'll make a fine opener for MewithoutYou, the Philly group that will play its fan-fave 2004 album Catch for Us the Foxes in its entirety. BEN SALMON
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