Thursday, 5 May 2016

The week ahead, May 5, 2016

Mr. Lif
Mr. Lif, by Pat Greenhouse/Boston Globe

The week ahead: Pop & rock
Thursday, May 5, 2016

MR. LIF Storming back from a lengthy, unplanned hiatus, Boston MC and Def Jux survivor Mr. Lif celebrates the release of "Don't Look Down," his first solo album in seven years and a compelling testament to his artistic resilience. May 5, 10:30 p.m. $15, advance $13. Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge. 617-864-3278,

PROTOMARTYR An unflinching observer of society's sad, fraying edges, Joe Casey taps into the same kind of plainspoken rant-sing that's made Pere Ubu and the Fall compelling for decades; on "The Agent Intellect," issued last October, Casey's bandmates provide unfailingly apt settings, whether cool and snappy or jagged and tart. May 8, 9 p.m. $12. Great Scott. 800-745-3000,

CHELSEA WOLFE Doom-metal viscosity, gothic vapors, and industrial clangor are among the base elements this LA singer-songwriter alchemizes on her latest album, "Abyss," producing a mix of ethereal vocals and stygian din that eerily evokes David Lynch's squalid urban hellscapes. A Dead Forest Index, a compatibly skeletal New Zealand duo, initiates the ceremony. May 10, 7 p.m. $20. Royale Boston. 800-745-3000,

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