Jan 17 | In what must be NPR's biggest Tiny Desk Concert ever, Austin, Texas, chamber-pop ensemble Mother Falcon packed a 17-piece orchestra into host Bob Boilen's office for a spirited 2013 episode. The band's latest feat is MF Computer, a symphonic rework of Radiohead's OK Computer. At 10 p.m. at Gasa Gasa.
Fri. Jan. 16 | The Magik Marker stripped away that band's static reverie with her 2014 solo debut The Immoralist (Drag City). Single "Superstitious" is swirling, subdued pop with one foot in the Velvet Underground and the other in Galaxie 500. Death Posture, Dolphin Mouth and Nathan Bowles open at 9:30 p.m. at Saturn Bar.
Sat. Jan. 17 | The oversized guitar-and-drum duo meets the pint-sized Circle Bar. The band's lush, neo-psychedelic suites pack the band's well-received 2014 album Feathering a Nest (Community Records), its most focused and adventurous effort yet. Patrick Shuttleswerth Wants To Make You Deaf opens at 10 p.m. at Circle Bar.
Dinerral Shavers Fund Brass Band Blowout
Sat. Jan. 17 | The brass band blowout supports the Dinerral Shavers Education Fund, which honors the former Hot 8 drummer. Hot 8, Free Agents, Most Wanted and other brass bands perform. At 9 p.m. at The Howlin' Wolf.
Big Freedia and Katey Red
Sun. Jan. 18 | Big Freedia and her mentor Katey Red headline a bounce showcase with Magnolia Rhome, JC Styles, Da Danger Boyz and DJ Kenjiondatrax. At 9 p.m. at Siberia.
The Appleseed Cast
Mon. Jan. 19 | Epic Lawrence, Kansas, yarn-spinners The Appleseed Cast gave diehards a long-form valentine with the 10th anniversary rerelease of both volumes of its 2001 post-rock opus Low Level Owl. Casual fans can start with 2013's Illumination Ritual (Graveface), 45 minutes of highlighted strengths. Woozy opens at 9 p.m. at Gasa Gasa.