Mark Kozolek. The guy who used to lead sadcore standouts Red House Painters and who also records as Sun Kil Moon, the moniker under which he released the widely praised Benji in 2014 and picked a pointless public fight with Philly band the War on Drugs. Singer, guitarist, and boxing aficionado Mark Kozolek has released at least six albums under one rubric or another in the last two years. Kozolek creates so much art that it's tough to keep up, but it doesn't mean that when you take the time to enter "The Mark Kozolek Museum," there isn't rewarding music waiting. Sunday at Theater of Living Arts.
Ex Hex. The punky power trio featuring guitar hero Mary Timony backed by bassist Betsy Wright and drummer Laura Harris are at work on their follow up to 2014's rather ripping debut Rips. They're on a short East Coast tour from their Washington, D.C. base. Monday at Boot & Saddle.
Todd Alcott's Mid-Century Pulp Fiction Cover Project. Screenwriter Alcott's nifty graphic arts concept is to fashion familiar song lyrics into fake 1950s-style paperback pulp fiction book covers. He's had a go at songs by the Clash, David Bowie, and PJ Harvey, and as pointed out by the invaluable online resource Open Culture, has lately trained his eye on Bob Dylan. Prints are available in his Etsy shop.
Grouper. The Oregon-based experimental musician Liz Harris, named not after a fish but instead what she and other children called each other growing up in a Northern California commune. (They were part of the group, or "groupers.") Harris makes beautifully ambiguous atmospheric music that is piano-based on her most recent release, this spring's Grid of Points, which, like Kanye West's Ye, was inspired by the Wyoming landscape. Monday at Union Transfer.
Superorganism. The eight-person musical collective fronted by Japanese singer Orono Noguchi seems almost genetically engineered to represent an optimistic vision of a global tech-connected future. Now based in London, the band has origins on several continents and came together when teenage songwriter and deadpan vocalist Noguchi began collaborating with far-flung fellow musicians while studying in Maine. The band makes brightly colored genre-fluid party music that reflects on the lure of fame and dizzying effects of digital culture. Thursday at Union Transfer.