Norah Jones Monday, October 22, at McFarlin Auditorium, $60.55-$71.32 Norah Jones is making her way back to her old stomping grounds tonight at McFarlin Auditorium, after kicking off her fifth world tour this past May. After pairing up with Danger Mouse for her fifth release, Little Broken Hearts, Jones is hotter than ever on the album's more uptempo tracks. Oh, and on the album cover. Geez. The new-and-improved Norah Jones is a far cry from the lullabies of her past. -- Rachel Watts
Vulgar Fashion Tuesday, October 23, at Beauty Bar, Free Tuesday night's Funeral Party at Beauty Bar gets some blood running through its veins this week with a live set from Denton's Vulgar Fashion. If you've never seen the electronic duo live, getting intimate in Beauty Bar's glittery womb is a must. Bonus for those Debbie and/or Donnie Downers: It's "unhappy hour" all night. -- Audra Schroeder
Brainstorm Tuesday, October 23, at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios, $5/$7 Harmony-friendly Portland trio Brainstorm has the secret recipe just right: Their video for "Flat Earth" was just featured on IFC, NPR loves them, and their latest album, Heat Waves, was produced Robby Moncrieff (Dirty Projectors). With that hat trick, there's no place to go but up, right? Diamond Age headlines; Technicolor Hearts and Goblins open. -- Audra Schroeder
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Bearkat Wednesday, October 24, at Opening Bell, Free Bearkat's Katy Pearson recently released Houses on a Hill, the California native's third album, claiming its creation was a true labor of love. Pearson and her percussionist, Brian Bringelson, use about 20 different instruments on the record, raising my curiosity about the group's load-in and sound check. Catch their free show at Opening Bell this week to find out. -- Rachel Watts Brent Best, Dave Little Thursday, October 25, at All Good Cafe, Free Producer, musician and, since the '90s, lead singer of local favorite Slobberbone, Brent Best will be performing solo with Dallas musician and stand-up comedian Dave Little. Little released his newest 10-track album, Grey Expectations, earlier this month, and states it is filled with his dark observations on life, love and growing older. -- Rachel Watts