Bombay Bicycle Club has been a UK indie mainstay since 2005. Though it hasn’t seen as much success in the U.S., its willingness to experiment with indie rock, folk-rock, and electronic production makes it hard to peg. It brings an eclectic energy that’s always looking ahead of the trends. With Royal Canoe. The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., 877-784-4849, stgpresents.com/neptune. 8 p.m. $22 adv./$25 DOS. All ages. DUSTY HENRY
The Drive-By Truckers play the Showbox SoDo tonight.
Ellie Goulding, the Paramount. See our preview here.
With each subsequent album, Drive-By Truckers continue to hone their lyricism into ever-sharper focus. On the 2014 release English Oceans, the group sings about the exact same people everyone else in country music does—folks somehow left behind when everyone else moved to the big city—but they pick up on details that others miss. One of my favorite lines comes from Mike Cooley on the track “Primer Coat”: “Slinging gravel in parking lots and looking tough on the hood/A girl as plain as a primer coat leaves nothing misunderstood.” Taylor Swift, are you taking notes? With Shovels and Rope. Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., 628-3151, showboxpresents.com. 8 p.m. $26.50 adv./$30 DOS. All ages. DANIEL PERSON
Barry Uhl, the Tractor. Read about the artist’s new multi media release here.
The brother of The Who’s windmilling guitarist, Simon Townshend probably knows as well as anyone that living under the shadow of a famous family member can be trying. He’s made the most of it, however, and has carved quite the solo career for himself, creating intricate pop/rock music of his own. With J Wong. The Triple Door, 216 Union St., 838-4333, thetripledoor.com. 7:30 p.m. $25–$35. CORBIN REIFF