Thursday, 7 April 2016

The week ahead, April 7, 2016

Cloud Cult, by Graham Tolbert

The week ahead: Rock & pop
Thursday, April 7, 2016

2016 ROCK & ROLL RUMBLE Long viewed as the World Series of Boston rock, the Rumble rolls through the second half of its preliminary round, pitching heated battles among four worthy acts on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. (Semifinals will be held April 15 and 16, and the grand finale arrives on April 22.) April 7-9, 8 p.m. $15, advance $10. ONCE Lounge & Ballroom, Somerville. 617-285-0167,

CLOUD CULT There's an unwritten rule that says you can't write about this Duluth, Minn., outfit without using the terms "environmentally conscious" and "art rock." Done! More to the point, the latest LP from Craig Minowa & Co., "The Seeker," is glorious, mixing Arcade Fire's scrappy chamber-band pluck and Pink Floyd's cosmic swell in a song cycle by turns elegiac and (mostly) affirmative. April 9, 8 p.m. $18. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 617-547-5200,

RIHANNA The most surprising thing about this arena date with the potent Barbadian R&B star is that tickets can still be had. Don't take it as a sign that Rihanna's star has dipped since her last solo trek in 2013; view it as proof that her latest album, "Anti," confirms her appetite for confrontation and reinvention. Travis Scott, the Houston M.C. at the center of 2015's sonically engrossing "Rodeo," starts the party. April 10, 7:30 p.m. $35-$155. TD Garden. 800-745-3000,

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