Glen Hansard. The former Frames and Swell Season songwriter — who won a best song Oscar with Marketa Irglova for “Falling Slowly” from the busker’s romance Once in 2008 — is a terrific live performer and storyteller with a new album, Between Two Shores. The tracks were recorded at Wilco’s Loft studio in Chicago in 2013, then updated with new vocals last year. Sunday at Union Transfer,
Kanye and Bruce Madness. Your NCAA tournament bracket’s busted by now, but there are no losers among the music madness brackets that have spun off battle-of-the-songs diversions this March. Kanye West fan Carrington Harrison kicked off the Twitter craze of pitting songs against one another in a 64-track elimination tournament. Copycat rap versions focusing on Drake, OutKast, Migos, and others followed. And NJ.com followed with a Springsteen tourney that features tough first-round match-ups like “No Surrender” vs. “Streets of Philadelphia” on the road to the Final Four. I’m picking No. 1 seed “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” and No. 5 underdog “Badlands” to win it all.
Palm. The members of the experimental rock foursome Palm, who moved to Philadelphia from Brooklyn in 2015, play their songs inside out. On the band’s second album, Rock Island, guitarist Eve Alpert and Kasra Kurt build a rhythm section backdrop, and bassist Gerasimos Livitsanos and Hugo Stanley step to the fore. On Rock Island, the results are esoteric, inventive, and catchy. Monday at First Unitarian Church.
Sam Amidon. The multi-instrumentalist folk musician and spouse of Brit songwriter Beth Orton specializes in haunting, understated acoustic explorations that move into improvised jazz directions on the hypnotic new The Following Mountain, whose “Juma Mountain” features Jimi Hendrix percussionist Juma Sultan. Cool booking. Tuesday at Bourbon & Branch.
Drive-By Truckers / Erica Wennerstrom. The hard-touring veteran Southern rock band swings back through the region, powered by the songwriting duo of Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley, strong as ever and increasingly politically engaged on 2016’s American Band. With Erika Wennerstrom, the Heartless Bastards leader who’s just released her first solo album, Sweet Unknown. Wednesday at the Queen in Wilmington and Saturday at Union Transfer.