THURSDAY AUGUST. 25:
The excitement around the ragtag Connecticut quintet called goose has as much to do with their expansive yet catchy music as the possibility that we might see the next Phish or String Cheese Incident blossom before our eyes. Counting trendsetters like Vampire Weekend and Father John Misty among its fans, Goose is the perfect band for a universe in which the divisions between the indiesphere and the jam-band circuit are disappearing faster than ever. Dancing bears, meet the pink bunnies. Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave. 6 p.m. $45. All ages.
SATURDAY AUGUST. 27:
Even the ugliest sounds of metal are meant, to some degree, to nudge the listener toward transcendence. The two groups that co-run the Star Theater on Saturday have understood this well. Amenra called most of their albums Mass up to this point (mass i, Mass II, etc.), and their live performance can indeed look like a spiritual communion. “Transcendental black metal” group Liturgymeanwhile, has a whole mythology and cosmology spelled out in very obscure terms – which thankfully you don’t need to understand to let their music uplift you. Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave. 8 p.m. $25. 21+.
TUESDAY AUGUST. 30:
Remember when rock ‘n’ roll was fun, weird and sexy? Platform boots, lipstick, spandex, and leather jackets were all the rage, and you couldn’t just cut it by climbing into a flannel and moaning about your breakup. Yves Tumor made a striking figure even when making avant-garde sound collages like snake music and Experiencing the Deposit of Faithbut the Miami-born Italian artist is truly in his element as the front goblin of a smoldering psychic ensemble known only as “Its Band.” Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St. 8:30 p.m. $24. 21+.