Live Tonight: Ken Stringfellow, The Sword, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Ken Stringfellow has worked with bands like R.E.M., the Posies, and Big Star. He’ll be backed by local Americana-peddlers the Maldives for this performance of his solo material, a precursor to his weekend Doe Bay Fest set. With Sons of Warren Oates. Barboza. 8 p.m. $15 adv.

The Sword Apocryphon is the latest effort from this Austin band, and from the sound of opening track “Veil of Isis,” it should appeal to rock fans of all types. The song chugs along at midtempo, featuring yarling, classic-rock-frontman vocals and lots of brawny riffage. That universality combined with an unhealthy record industry led to a top-20 debut for the album back in October. With Castle, American Sharks. Neumos. 7 p.m. $18 adv.

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue As his nickname suggests, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews is a prodigious trombone player. His take on traditional New Orleans brass-band music is distinctly youthful and exuberant, a blend of jazz, funk, and hip-hop. Woodland Park Zoo. 6 p.m. $26.

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