Tonight’s Concert Picks: Neko Case at Electric Factory, Sam Amidon at Tin Angel, J. Cole at The Mann and more

Photo by Jason Creps

Photo by Jason Creps

This month indie-alt-Americana icon Neko Case released her latest album, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You. The story of the record is pretty well encapsulated in its title, but you can hear Case dig into the depression and heartache that gave birth to this new collection of songs in this recent interview with World Cafe’s David Dye. Tickets for tonight’s all-ages show with her New Pornographers bandmate A.C. Newman can be found at The Electric Factory‘s website; below, watch the music video for Case’s “Man.”

After a year and some of collaborating with Beth Orton on her recent return-to-form LP Sugaring Season, hushed New England singer-songwriter Sam Amidon is back with his own new LP, Bright Sunny South. Met with acclaim from outlets like Spin, Wall Street Journal and The Guardian, the album finds Amidon exploring new avenues in his songwriting with jazzy twists and turns, but all the while remaining “austere” (per Pitchfork) and calling attention to Amidon’s vocals and banjo stylings. Tonight he headlines The Tin Angel with support from Eliza Moore; tickets for the 21+ show are available here. Below, watch his music video for “As I Roved Out.”

Hip-hop sensation J. Cole headlines tonight at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts. With the release of his third LP, Born Sinner, Cole solidified his lock on an impressively broad fan base – he gets love from serious hip-hop heads as much as pop listeners and the critics, and collaborated with a wide swatch of his peers as well, from Kendrick Lamar to 50 Cent, Miguel and TLC. Tickets for the all-ages show with Wale can be found at the Mann Center website. Below, watch the video for “Crooked Smile,” Cole’s collaboration with TLC.

Also tonight…

Langhorne Slim and the Law at Union Transfer (8 p.m., all ages, $16)

Garland Jeffreys at World Cafe Live (8 p.m., all ages, $25) – check out this week’s Gotta Hear Song below

Laser Background with Darwin Deez at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m., $12, 21+)

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