A few concerts of note for the first weekend of 2017. Brooklyn folk-rockers Big Thief (pictured), featuring the haunting imagery of singer/songwriter Adrianne Lenker and the barbed bite of guitar foil Buck Meek, top the Friday field at the Brighton Music Hall. The same night also offers veteran singer/guitarist Marshall Crenshaw, best known for his 1982 hit “Someday, Someway,” rolling into Club Passim and the return of hot-jazz revivalists the Squirrel Nut Zippers, celebrating the 20th anniversary of their breakthrough album Hot, at the Sinclair.
Saturday’s best bet might be the return of Vapors of Morphine, featuring the deep sax atmospherics of Dana Colley, to the cozy stage of Atwood’s Tavern after a European tour. And tip ahead to Tuesday: Steve Gunn, onetime guitarist for Kurt Vile’s Violators, performs a solo show with another New York guitarist/singer, former Sonic Youth mainstay Lee Ranaldo, at Somerville’s Arts at the Armory.