Tonight’s Concert Picks: Julien Baker at Boot & Saddle, Madalean Gauze at Kung Fu Necktie, Torres at Johnny Brenda’s and more…

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Julien Baker | photo by Jake Cunningham | courtesy of the artist

Memphis native Julien Baker brings her debut solo LP to Boot & Saddle tonight. K. Ross Hoffman explored Sprained Ankle for a Key profile last week, noting that that the songs are “harrowing stuff; an impressionistic but unflinching annal of addiction, self-loathing and spiritual crisis…” set up against “unadorned but graceful melodies and simple, minimal acoustic guitar and piano arrangements.” Listen to “Something” below and pick up tickets to the 21+ show with Abi Reimold here.

Local singer-songwriter Madalean Gauze plays Kung Fu Necktie. You may have caught her performance of “Gloria” at the Patti Smith Tribute Free at Noon last December, or maybe you heard her impressive debut Sing in October. She’s a dynamic musician with an addictive voice. More information for tonight’s 21+ show with Vilebred can be found here; listen to “Let It Slide” below.

Brooklyn’s Torres brings her sophomore LP Sprinter to Johnny Brenda’s. The follow up to Mackenzie Scott’s 2013 debut is a visceral collection of equally dark and ethereal songs that are also intensely personal. Check out the video for the title track below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

Also playing:

Nef the Pharaoh at The Fillmore (8:00 p.m., AA, $35)

Lower Dens at Millworks (9:00 p.m., 21+, Free)

The Danger O’s at Ortlieb’s (8:00 p.m., 21+, Free)



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