7:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 5, at Cafe Du Nord. $12; cafedunord.com
A wandering and creative spirit at heart, Mattiel Brown is a designer and illustrator turned rock star who’s already a staple in Atlanta’s underground, and who looks to win over more listeners with her sun-drenched, psychedelic-tinged style of rock ’n’ roll. Brown grew up in rural Georgia, taking up an array of hobbies and falling in love with music through her mother’s small record collection, which included 1960s folk-rock like Peter, Paul, & Mary. After moving to Atlanta for work, Brown found herself singing along to Andre 3000 and Jack White on her tiresome commutes, something that gave her the idea to approach music seriously. Teaming up with musicians Randy Michael and Jonah Swilley to round out her new band, Mattiel, 2017 saw the release of the band’s self-titled debut, an unexpectedly soulful and gritty rock album that captures the boisterous and carefree spirit of ’60s garage rock without sounding derivative, as Brown audibly and visually keeps her creative palette modern.
7 p.m., Wednesday, June 5, at Great American Music Hall. $15; slimspresents.com
Resistant to genre classification, the equally brutal and beautiful noise that defines the instrumental compositions of MONO subverts musical expectations for even the most seasoned listeners, which NME perhaps described best as “music for the Gods.” The Tokyo quartet blends classical and experimental elements in their approach to creating their dynamic movements, and make heavy use of distortion effects in their earlier, darker albums like 2004’s Walking Cloud and Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered and the Sun Shined produced by Steve Albini. MONO increased the presence of classical instrumental arrangements in later work, particularly 2009’s Hymn to the Immortal Wind, a grand and emotional experience recorded with a 25-piece chamber orchestra. The quartet have since gone back to their roots tinkering with a brooding and minimalist sound, reuniting with Albini to record their latest work, January’s Nowhere Now Here.
8 p.m., Thursday, May 30, at Slim’s. $17.50; slimspresents.com
With smooth, contemplative beats as the basis for their unique hybrid of trap and R&B, Toronto’s 88Glam have made waves throughout the industry ever since they burst onto the scene in 2017 — and this year has already proven to be their biggest yet. Rappers Derek Wise and 88 Camino have been making music together and separately prior to coming together as 88Glam, which they did with their debut self-titled mixtape released under The Weeknd’s label, XO. Highlighted by platinum single “Bali” with Nav, the hit mixtape’s production had help from fellow Canadian hit-maker Murda Beatz, a go-to collaborator for Drake and Travis Scott. Wise and Camino’s star would rise further the next year with their follow-up effort, 88GLAM2, which hears the duo return with instant classics like the smile-inducing Lil Yachty collaboration “Lil Boat.” Fresh off a highly praised performance at Coachella, 88Glam represents the exciting future we can expect from hip-hop in the Great White North.
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