Canadian songstress Leslie Feist never really capitalized on the pop path opened by her Grammy-nominated 2007 hit “1234” (apart from placing it in an Apple ad), but she didn’t have to. Her detached, vulnerable voice has since graced other fine albums, including the new Pleasure, which injects a bit of electric guitar gristle as well. Feist completes a two-night stand at the Sanders Theatre on Friday.
Other Friday options include the decidedly mainstream Chainsmokers, who bring blandly spirited dance-pop to TD Garden, as well as Brit two-piece bashers Royal Blood (pictured) at the Paradise Rock Club and Illinois garage-punk rockers the Orwells (fronted by playfully confrontational singer Mario Cuomo) at the Sinclair.
Saturday mixes things up with swaggering English blues-rocker Barns Courtney at the Brighton Music Hall, eclectic R&B singer/keyboardist Gabriel Garzon-Montano at Great Scott (an early show, moved from the Sinclair), veteran local chamber-rock oddity Birdsongs of the Mesozoic at Once Ballroom, and local folksinger Alastair Moock, shifting from kid stuff back to adult fare at Club Passim.
The Cabot in Beverly keeps busy all weekend as well, with the return of the funky Heavy Metal Horns on Friday, alto-sax favorite Grace Kelly’s quartet on a double bill with topflight organist Joey DeFrancesco & the People on Saturday, and the artfully amusing and talented troupe Recycled Percussion on Sunday. Also on Sunday, West Coast guitarist extraordinaire Steve Kimock, best known for his Grateful Dead-associated projects over the years, returns with his band to the Brighton Music Hall. One last (advance) tip: Monday brings heady electro-pop pioneers Air (who were enchanting just before Radiohead at last year’s Outside Lands festival in San Francisco) to Royale on their first U.S. tour in seven years.