Whether bringing life to other people’s words as an actress or her own through any of her three albums, most recently Bound for the Deep, jazz/blues musician Tae Phoenix (pictured above) is a natural-born storyteller. Her resume is full of lead roles in plays like “Les Misérables,” “The Turn of the Screw,” and the upcoming “Into the Woods,” and her onstage experience translates into her music as palpable emotional expression. Phoenix has the polish of an accomplished actress and the authentic edge of a seasoned blues musician, which should become apparent as soon as she takes the stage at this show, part of Tbasa’s Lo-Fi All Stars series. With Tobias the Owl, Science. The Benbow Room, 4210 S.W. Admiral Way, Suite A, 466-1953, benbowroom.com. 8:30 p.m. Free. All ages.
Recording its fourth album, Transfixiation, Brooklyn noise-rock trio A Place To Bury Strangers had one plan: There is no plan. Known for its chaotic live shows, the group wanted the record to feel the same way. Album-closer “I Will Die,” for example, features a layer of fuzz so thick that it nearly masks singer/guitarist Oliver Ackermann’s vocals. At times it seems as though the entire album could come crashing down at any second, but the trio—Ackermann, drummer Robi Gonzalez (making his APTBS recording debut on Transfixiation), and bassist Dion Lunadon—manages to hold it together, albeit with a few intentionally unintentional audio bumps and bruises along the way. With Nightmare Fortress, Grave Babies. The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-4618, thecrocodile.com. 8 p.m. $13. All ages.
On his website, rapper Keith Thornton, aka Kool Keith, lists upward of 50 aliases he’s used in his career, which began after he formed Ultramagnetic MCs in 1984. Some were used for a single song; some are characters from music videos; and others, like the Jupiter-born Dr. Octagon, grew to have a life of their own. Octagon made his debut on Dr. Octagonecologyst, but was then killed by another alter ego, Dr. Dooom, on First Come, First Served. Octagon was revived on The Return of Dr. Octagon, only to be killed a second time by Dooom. Thornton goes by Kool Keith on his latest, Demolition Crash, but you never know which personae may crash his live show. With The Gift of Gab; Graves 33; Khingz ft. the X Presidents, Uce Wayne, and Massiah; DJ Indica Jones. Nectar Lounge, 412 N. 36th St., 632-2020. 8 p.m. $17 adv./$22 DOS. 21 and over.
After nearly 10 years of doing things on his own, ambient musician Scott Hansen, who performs as Tycho, had an epiphany of sorts. Prepping for a tour in support of his third album, Dive, Hansen decided to take a full band on the road with him. Liking what he heard and the energy he felt, he filled out the lineup permanently. The band, with guitarist/bassist Zac Brown and drummer Rory O’Connor, made its recording debut on Tycho’s fourth record, Awake. Though some tunes, like “Dye” and “Plains,” are reminiscent of Hansen’s solo work, songs like the title track and “Apogee” reveal Tycho’s new, fuller sound. With Shigeto. Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., 652-0444, showboxpresents.com. 8 p.m. $25 adv./$28 DOS. All ages.