March roars in like a lion, and that includes Kings of Leon. The Tennessee band of brothers (and one cousin) are back at the TD Garden on Friday, rebounding from their 2011 U.S. tour, curtailed after singer/guitarist Caleb Followill’s melted down onstage in Dallas. The boys are riding high on comeback album Mechanical Bull, and even if they appear a tad stiff onstage, they’ll have plenty of big fancy video screens as well as a killer opener in guitarist/singer Gary Clark Jr. Here’s a sampling of a fairly recent Kings of Leon show. Other Friday night options include breezy folk-pop tunesmith Brett Dennen at Royale and frisky indie-rockers Miniature Tigers doing a dance rush at the Brighton Music Hall.
Boston-bred psych-rockers Quilt know how to stitch a spectral, dreamy haze that advances echoes of Summer of Love-era Jefferson Airplane. And the group, which displays sonic growth and depth on its fine new album Held in Splendor, pulls into Great Scott on Saturday. Here’s an older Quilt gem live. The same night, smooth-voiced Mayer Hawthorne (without the glasses these days) brings his playfully seductive soul-pop to House of Blues, while singer/songwriter Dar Williams celebrates the 20th anniversary of her debut album The Honesty Room.
Sunday counters the Oscars with three very different concerts: spry, heady rockers Young the Giant at House of Blues, instrumental post-rock believers Caspian at the Middle East Upstairs, and evolving a cappella pioneers Sweet Honey in the Rock toasting the group’s 40th anniversary at Symphony Hall.
For my Thursday throwback, St. Vincent is poised to explode behind an eponymous new album of ramped-up digital mashing – and a boldly visual show (at House of Blues tonight) that suggests Annie Clark learned more about presentation than music from her recent partner David Byrne. Apart from her virtuoso guitar eruptions, Clark has rarely broken statuesque form at her center mic in the past, but this 2011 live studio session from St. Vincent explores a more dramatic edge that she’s now grabbing with theatrical gusto.