Whitney. Chicago band led by former Smith Westerns guitarist Max Kakacek and Unknown Mortal Orchestra singing drummer Julian Ehrlich (whose debut album, Light Upon the Lake, was one of the underrated gems of 2016). Monday at Union Transfer.
Japanese Breakfast, “Machinist.” Tantalizing move into sci-fi robot pop by Michelle Zauner, the Philadelphia songwriter who records as Japanese Breakfast. A stark contrast from her intimate, grief-stricken debut, 2016’s Psychopomp, which was written after the death of her mother. From her forthcoming debut on the Dead Oceans label, Soft Sounds from Another Planet.
The 15th annual Bob Dylan Birthday Bash. Kenn Kweder and Jon Houlon’s yearly Philly songwriter celebration of the Bard, moved from Rembrandt's to a larger location for his 76th. Featuring 40 singers doing 40 Dylan songs, starting with Kweder’s “Please Crawl Out Your Window” at 7 p.m. sharp. Free. Wednesday at Ardmore Music Hall.
Sheer Mag, "Just Can't Get Enough." The hard-driving first single from the Philadelphia rock and roll band's long-awaited debut album, Need to Feel Your Love, which is due July 14. The Christina Halladay-fronted fivesome plays a record release party at Union Transfer on Aug. 26.
Kevin Morby. There is indeed a musical saw heard quavering on Singing Saw, the third solo album by Lubbock, Texas-born singer-songwriter (and bass player in Woods) Morby, whose songs have a winning simplicity and restraint. Friday at Johnny Brenda’s.