Cupcakke. The Chicago rapper born Elizabeth Harris first went viral in 2015 with her raunchy “Vagina” and “Deepthroat,” rhymes that could have made Prince blush. She has broadened her dirty-minded and often quite funny attack to take on this year’s Queen Elizabitch. With Columbia University hip-hop dance crew Raw Elementz and Tron Sagas. Tuesday at World Cafe Live
Loudon Wainwright III. The acutely autobiographical and painfully funny veteran songwriter and musical patriarch typically tells all in his songs, and even more than that in his 2017 memoir Liner Notes: On Parents & Children, Exes & Excess, Death & Decay, & a Few of My Other Favorite Things. He’ll play and read on Wednesday at World Cafe Live.
Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton. These two founding members of the Canadian alt-folk quartet Be Good Tanyas went their separate ways after playing together on a 2008 solo album by Holland but have reunited on Wildflower Blues, their beautifully sung dual album that mixes originals with covers of Townes Van Zandt’s “You Are Not Needed Now” and the Bob Dylan rarity “Minstrel Blues.” With Katie Von Schleicher. Thursday at Boot & Saddle.
A. Savage. Along with Austin Brown, Andrew Savage co-fronts Parquet Courts, the prolific Brooklyn quartet that’s in the conversation over who’s the best American rock band of the decade. Savage also has some side projects going: He and Karen O handle lead vocals on Italian conceptualist Daniele Luppi’s Milano, and he’s just released Thawing Down, a solo album of love songs that trade in a quieter Americana vibe replete with weeping pedal steel guitar. Thursday at PhilaMOCA.
Patterson Hood. The co-leader of the Drive-By Truckers, who examined issues of gun violence and race in last year’s American Band, and who have kept up the sharp social and political commentary on their not-cheerful, deeply troubled new single “Perilous Night.” This is a solo show. Thursday at the Sellersville Theater.