Barusk-signed Ra Ra Riot play The Neptune with Cayucas this Friday.
Monday, Feb. 4
Ben Folds Five It had been 13 years since Ben Folds had released an album with his inaccurately named trio, but that changed with September's The Sound of the Life of the Mind, another set of Folds' trademark witty piano-pop tunes. With Nataly Dawn. Showbox at the Market. 7 p.m. Sold out.
Tuesday, Feb. 5
Suzanne Vega Among this singer/guitarist's best-known work is "Tom's Diner," a simple a cappella pop tune that isn't all that notable on its own, but which played a significant part in the history of digital audio when it was used in the first tests of the mp3 file format. Benaroya Hall. 7:30 p.m. $45. All ages.
Wednesday, Feb. 6
Alice in the River This project of songwriter Alice Sandahl (The Pica Beats) and percussionist Joel Harmon (Grand Hallway) finds Sandahl singing piano-led pop songs with a voice that resembles that of St. Vincent's Annie Clark. With Day Laborers and Petty Intellectuals. Tractor Tavern. 8 p.m. $6.
Thursday, Feb. 7
Charms On its Hillary EP, this local quartet plays breakneck garage rock with a knack for melody. With Chastity Belt, Week of Wonders, Shogun Barbie. Chop Suey. 7 p.m. $7.
Friday, Feb. 8
Ra Ra Riot This Barsuk-signed band has undergone a sonic makeover on their newest album, Beta Love, transforming from a group whose closest referent was Vampire Weekend to one that takes its cues from electro-pop and AutoTuned dance music. The results are mixed on record, but here's guessing the live show will be much improved. With Cayucas. Neptune Theatre. 9 p.m. $20. All ages.
Saturday, Feb. 9
Wimps The most recent endeavor from this trio is last month's Repeat, an aptly titled album of snotty punk with a streak of dark humor. With Eighteen Individual Eyes, Let's Get Lost. Columbia City Theater. 9 p.m. $8 adv./$10 DOS.
Sunday, Feb. 10
Hot Water Music Between the layered guitars, on-point rhythm section, frontman Chuck Ragan's ragged vocals, and general production aesthetic, this veteran punk group has quite a bit in common with fellow Floridians Against Me!. Last year's Exister was the first new full-length from the group in eight years. Showbox at The Market, 1426 First Ave.. 7 p.m. $21.50 adv./$25 DOS. All ages.