This week’s top shows feature one of Canada’s finest bands, two buzzworthy up-and-coming acts, and a gorgeous folk duo from Texas.
Sunflower Bean | 7th Street Entry | Tuesday, April 5, 7:30pm
Sunflower Bean’s full-length debut album, “Human Ceremony,” runs the gamut of textures and sounds from the last 30-40 years of rock, almost sounding like a completely different band from one track to the next. For some young acts, this schizophrenic approach to a first record might indicate a band who is unsure of themselves, but for Sunflower Bean it only seems to make your head spin with the potential for future greatness. $8 / 18+ / Buy tickets
Penny and Sparrow | Cedar Cultural Center | Wednesday, April 6, 7pm
Austin indie-folk duo Penny and Sparrow have a knack for spine-tingling harmonies and hauntingly gorgeous vocal melodies. Their most recent album (their third), “Let a Lover Drown You,” was produced by John Paul White, formerly of folk duo The Civil Wars, another act revered for their deeply moving harmonies. Highly recommended for fans of Bon Iver and Jeff Buckley. $15 / All Ages / Buy tickets
Sloan: One Chord To Another 20th Anniversary Tour | Turf Club | Friday, April 8, 8pm
Update: This show has been cancelled due to immigration issues Sloan is trying to work through.
Sloan are celebrating their 25th year as a band this year by celebrating the 20th anniversary of their 1996 breakout album “One Chord To Another.” Early on in their career, Sloan seemed to be viewed by many critics as Canada’s answer to Weezer, but their consistency over the last 20 years has proven them much closer to the power pop/rock royalty of Cheap Trick. $17.50 / 21+ / Buy tickets
HÆLOS | 7th Street Entry | Saturday, April 9, 8pm
Hailing from London, HÆLOS would not sound out of place among the early ’90s birth of trip hop. Although the trio draws heavily on their influences, they offer up plenty of new ideas that lend themselves to a surprisingly fresh and intoxicating debut album, “Full Circle,” which was released a couple weeks ago on Matador. Expect to hear a lot of great things from and about this group in the next few years. $10 / 18+ / Buy tickets