From her mixtape Telefone came a wildly intimate tracklist that fused together galactic beats and insanely precious lyrics describing the trials and tribulations of every subject far and wide. Chicago native Noname has stunned people with her debut and with her appearance on “Lost,” off Chance the Rapper’s Acid Rap. Her voice sounds the way blankets feel when they’re fresh out the dryer: warm, inviting, irresistible. Her songs make you ask yourself why you haven’t been hooked on her longer. Akenya, Saba, and Raury are just a few of the artists who appear on the mixtape, furthering the gentle yet cogent vibe. The airy tune “Bye Bye Baby” is one of the record’s many soulful dances between monotone lyrics and sweet, polyphonic instrumentals. Noname touches on the subject of terminating her pregnancy and the afflictions assocated with it: “Play date up to heaven soon / Soon, I will see the King / He reminds me / Some give presents before they’re even ready.” She makes a delicate allusion to her unborn child playing in Heaven before their arrival while God reassures them that life is sometimes a gift a mother is not emotionally and physically ready for. The melody is an ode to healing — inciting love, faith, and pure artistry.
9 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 4, at The Fillmore. $30-$75; thefillmore.com
King Krule, aka Archy Marshall, has returned after a four-year hiatus from the music scene. He has risen from his acoustic-rock ashes with The OOZ, an album that showcases the maturity in King Krule’s sound. Nineteen tracks spread across it, all of them emotionally piercing yet cohesive, with tight bass lines and distorted electric guitar riffs. “Slush Puppy” is more or less a ballad that rips your heartstrings from your chest, in the most poetic way. “Don’t you dare baby, dare baby, dare / Face me already, replace me already / Nothing’s working with me” repeats itself over a droopy, melancholic lead guitar. Listeners can easily lose themselves and find themselves again through King Krule’s raw vocals and his ability to connect with his audience. Then there are muddy, syncopated tunes like “Dum Surfer” and “Half Man Half Shark” that pave the way for lyrical and instrumental aggression to rise to the surface and accrue a larger fan base for the British native. In a recent interview with The New York Times, he expressed wanting “to develop and preserve” his art as something personal to himself. At just 23, it’s more than fair to say that he’s doing a damn good job at it.
8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 7, at The Fillmore. $37-$85; thefillmore.com
The Front Bottoms
The Front Bottoms’ new and highly anticipated album Going Grey has synths, a large sound, and a completely new direction. It is a look we haven’t seen on the New Jersey-born duo, complete with tightened vocals and an All American Rejects-meets-Weezer vibe. With their second album under a major label, the Front-Bottoms’ pop-punk has shifted to pop-rock. This new direction is nothing to pout about. The Front Bottoms are evolving, proving their growth with tracks like “Peace Sign” and “Grand Finale,” which thread a prominent drum section with clean vocals from frontman Brian Sella. “Don’t Fill Up On Chips” is most reminiscent of those early days. Lines like, “You never miss the things you had / If you don’t want the things you’ve taken / I grew a gap between my teeth / I grew a crack where I was standing” pair with the amazing instrumentals that drew fans to become fans in the first place. While a step in a poppier direction, Going Grey is nonetheless a solid album that deserves a round of applause.
7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 6, at Regency Ballroom. $25-$40; theregencyballroom.com
With his new album All Things Work Together, Lecrae takes listeners on a journey through the trials and tribulations that led him to create an album done right. The Houston MC shed the Christian rapper label, demonstrating himself to be on a fast-track to ultimate success. Lecrae relies on hindsight for much of the album, limning both his fears and faith during his transition to a new look and feel. In a recent interview with Billboard, he notes how “the pain and the suffering that I went through made me an activist, it made me stronger, it made me more compassionate” a sentiment felt on every track. Ty Dolla Sign, Verse Simmonds, and other artists aid Lecrae on the refined All Things Work Together. On “I’ll Find You,” featuring Tori Kelly, Lecrae sings “I’m smilin’ in everyone’s face / I’m cryin’ whenever they leave the room / They don’t know the battle I face / They don’t understand what I’m going through.” Lyrically, Lecrae stuns with his vulnerability and personal allusions. “I’ll Find You” is just one of the 14 tracks that are testaments to his journey, and the promise of hope for not just himself, but everyone tuning in.
7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 2, at Regency Ballroom. $20-$65; theregencyballroom.com
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