Three Must-See Acts This Week

Crumb on Friday at Slim's, Juan Wauters on Sunday at Cade du Nord and KOKOKO! on Wednesday at The New Parish.

Psychedelic rock

Crumb

8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 4, at Slim’s. $26; slimspresents.com

A jazz-infected blend of spacey psych-rock and dream pop, Crumb’s unique sound is constructed with many layers that open up upon repeat listens. The quartet met while all members were students at Tufts University, with each member bringing their own individual sound to songs that lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter Lila Ramani had previously written. The band’s eponymous 2016 debut EP introduces listeners to the band’s mellow yet colorful sound, which evolved the following year on the lusciously-produced EP Locket. The band soon relocated to Brooklyn to record their debut album, Jinx, which was released to universal acclaim in June. Taking notes from Tame Impala and Dark Side-era Pink Floyd, Jinx is a bold and mesmerizing debut that asks the listener to enter its hazy and hallucinogenic atmosphere for a 27-minute daydream, guided by Ramani’s soothing vocals.

Indie folk

Juan Wauters

7:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 6, at Cafe du Nord. $13; swedishamericanhall.com

Juan Wauters has always used his brand of delicate folk pop as an opportunity to explore the world around him, which has simultaneously given the Uruguay-born, Queens-raised singer-songwriter insight into his past. Wauters initially used music as a creative outlet to escape the monotony of working in a factory, and would soon form the rambunctious garage rock band The Beets with college classmate Jose Garcia. After a string of albums and opening for Pavement, Wauters left The Beets to embark on his solo career, releasing his woozy and addictive debut album NAP: North American Poetry in 2014 to glowing reception. Wauters followed-up the next year with Who Me?, a sunshine-soaked dose of ’60s-inspired folk rock in the vein of fellow Queens musicians Simon & Garfunkel. Wauters returned this January with his third effort, La Onda de Juan, his first album sung entirely in Spanish that was recorded across multiple Latin American countries Wauters visited over a two-year span. The warm and optimistic sound on the album inspires a feeling of wonder within its listeners, a trait that Wauters carried over to his most recent album, Introducing Juan Pablo, his most personal work to date. 

Experimental electronic

KOKOKO!

8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 9, at The New Parish (Oakland.) $20; thenewparish.com

A genre-defiant DIY collective  on the forefront of a burgeoning music scene in the Democratic Republic of Congo, KOKOKO! fuse dance, afro-beat, and funk for a boisterous sound that is unprecedented. The collective began in Kinshasa when French electronic musician Débruit met local musician Makara Bianko, who threw a spontaneous block party with other local musicians that sowed the seeds for KOKOKO! Using self-constructed string instruments and percussion made from recycled-scrap metal, the collective toured across Europe experimenting with their sound, later signing to prominent English indie label Transgressive. After months of assembling material together for a cohesive product, the collective released their eclectic and empowering debut album Fongola in July. Despite the hardships the band endured in the years leading up to Fongola’s release, the bright and upbeat album explores themes surrounding love and magic, while taking aim at the greed and corruption within the D.R. Congo’s government. 

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