Steven Wilson (center) leads his band through heady prog-rock visions.
British singer/guitarist Steven Wilson’s a godsend to fans of prog-rock, remixing classic albums (King Crimson, Yes, Jethro Tull) as well as leading his own virtuosic band, which plays the Orpheum Theatre on Friday. Expect dynamic, lushly layered music set to dark, atmospheric films and animation, evoking influences such as Genesis, Pink Floyd, Rush and Nine Inch Nails – and a long show. Wilson’s playing his entire Hand. Cannot. Erase. album plus a second set of songs both newer (the hard-riffing “Vermillion”) and older, recast from his former band Porcupine Tree.—————————————–
Another brand of dark and atmospheric comes from the British alt-folk trio Daughter, casting frontwoman Elena Tonra’s spell at the Somerville Theatre on Friday. Also that night, bluesy Americana-soul upstart Julie Rhodes celebrates the release of her debut Bound to Meet the Devil — with horns and backup singers — at Union Square’s Thunder Road, Mission of Burma’s Roger Miller brings his Trinary System to Allston’s Store 54, and the James Hunter Six hits the Sinclair with its snappy British take on the kind of R&B/soul that’s made Leon Bridges a star.
Yes, Leon Bridges tackles the Citi Wang Center on Saturday as the weekend’s biggest show, as the young Texas crooner and his band turn up the subtle charisma in a large theater setting. Or you can catch the punk rock of Northampton’s Potty Mouth headlining Cuisine en Locale’s Once Ballroom that same night. On Sunday, Julia Holter and her empathetic band bring the singer/pianist’s arty, classically influenced pop to Great Scott in support of her acclaimed 2015 album Have You in My Wilderness.