Live Tonight: Secret Chiefs 3, Terrible Buttons, Patty Larkin

Originally formed in the mid-’90s by Mr. Bungle founding member Trey Spruance, the Secret Chiefs 3 lineup has assumed several different shapes over the years. With an almost endless musical genre palette, the avant-garde group jumps seamlessly from Middle Eastern to surf-rock to jazz without batting an eye. With Atomic Ape. Neumos. 8 p.m. $16 adv. 21 and over. JAMES BALLINGER

Terrible Buttons There’s a dark vibe to Runt, this Spokane-based folk/blues septet’s debut album. Kent Ueland’s gruff voice sounds like that of a man who’s been beaten down more times than he’d like to remember—especially on “Everybody Knows Everybody”—and Sarah Berentson’s bluesy voice becomes haunting on several songs. Even when the music is upbeat, there’s a spooky underbelly to it all. With Roaming Herds of Buffalo, Charms. Tractor Tavern. 8 p.m. $8. 21 and over. AZARIA C. PODPLESKY

While writing her 13th studio album, last year’s Still Green, folk singer/songwriter Patty Larkin found inspiration in the work of award-winning poet Kay Ryan—a fact Larkin notes on “My Baby” with the lyric “All the poems janglin’ in my head.” Larkin’s lyrics themselves read like poetry—a series of image-evoking phrases about hope, joy, and the strength that comes after grief. Triple Door. 7:30 p.m. $20 adv./$23 DOS/$30 VIP. All ages. ACP

 
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