A selected guide to concerts in the New York City area.
BODY/HEAD (Saturday) Since Sonic Youth, the groundbreaking experimental rock band that helped to usher grunge music into the mainstream in the 1990s, broke up in 2011, its singer and bassist, Kim Gordon, has rarely looked back. In 2015, she wrote a revealing memoir, “Girl in a Band,” about her life and music career; in 2011, she formed an improvisational noise-rock outfit called Body/Head, featuring the guitarist Bill Nace. Ms. Gordon has also branched out with solo material, including a cacophonous new single titled “Murdered Out.” As Body/Head, Ms. Gordon and Mr. Nace will conjure all sorts of wild, enthralling noises with little more than a pair of guitars and some amplifiers. At 10 p.m., National Sawdust, 80 North Sixth Street, at Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 646-779-8455, nationalsawdust.org. (Kevin O’Donnell)
EL PERRO DEL MAR (Friday) Sarah Assbring, the singer-songwriter who goes by El Perro Del Mar, spent much of the last decade releasing four albums of arty pop music. But in 2012, Ms. Assbring took a break from music to have a child. She has returned this year with a new album, “KoKoro,” on which she attempts to get away from traditional Western music tropes. The record may stand as her boldest and most adventurous yet: Ms. Assbring employs a host of instruments and styles — Japanese shakuhachi flutes, Chinese guzhengs, dulcimers and more — which she threads together with her lovely, ghostly croon. With Evy Jane and Vorhees. At 8 p.m., Baby’s All Right, 146 Broadway, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 718-599-5800, babysallright.com. (O’Donnell)
FIDLAR (Friday) With songs about excessive drinking and low-paying jobs, it’s a small miracle that members of the California punk band Fidlar can get out of bed in the morning. But their music — crunchy guitars, screeching vocal melodies and shout-along choruses — packs a thrilling recklessness that’s been missing from a lot of mainstream rock ’n’ roll. With Swmrs and the Frights. At 8 p.m., Terminal 5, 610 West 56th Street, Clinton, 800-745-3000, terminal5nyc.com. (O’Donnell)
WYCLEF JEAN (Thursday) Wyclef Jean, a founding member of the visionary hip-hop group the Fugees, will celebrate the coming 20th anniversary of his debut solo album, “The Carnival,” with a new album, “Carnival III: Road to Clefication,” that is set to be released next year. In January he will release an EP, titled “J’ouvert,” on which he melds Caribbean pop styles and E.D.M. beats with help from a diverse collection of collaborators, including the rapper Young Thug and the rock group Walk the Moon. At 8 p.m., Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 718-963-3369, brooklynbowl.com. (O’Donnell)
SEU JORGE (Friday and Saturday) The Brazilian singer-songwriter Seu Jorge earned crossover success in America after he appeared in Wes Anderson’s 2004 movie “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou,” in which he performed David Bowie covers in Portuguese. Mr. Jorge will honor the music of Mr. Bowie, who died in January, by performing seductive, stripped-back versions of “Rebel Rebel,” “Ziggy Stardust” and other classic tunes that were featured on Mr. Jorge’s 2005 album “The Life Aquatic Studio Sessions Featuring Seu Jorge.” At 8 p.m., Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street, Manhattan, 800-982-2787, the-townhall-nyc.org. (O’Donnell)
LETTERS TO CLEO (Thursday) Letters to Cleo offers a quaint reminder of alternative music from a pre-9/11 era. Throughout the 1990s, this Boston-based band released three albums of sugary indie pop; it also had its songs used in cult teen movies and TV shows like “The Craft,” “Melrose Place” and “10 Things I Hate About You.” After breaking up in 2000, Letters to Cleo re-formed for a reunion tour in 2008, and the group is on the road once again this year as it prepares an album of new music. That said, it’s the hit songs like “Here & Now” that will offer a nice throwback to those pre-internet days when MTV prevailed. At 9 p.m., Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street, near the Bowery, Lower East Side, 800-745-3000, boweryballroom.com. (O’Donnell)
PET SHOP BOYS (Saturday) Thirty-five years after the British musicians Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe founded Pet Shop Boys, the duo continues to make disco pop that sounds modern and surprisingly youthful (its new album, “Super,” features the thumping lead single “The Pop Kids”). Pet Shop Boys take a similar approach to live shows. In the past, Mr. Tennant and Mr. Lowe have collaborated with architects and designers like the visionary Zaha Hadid, who died in March, for stage productions; this performance will feature an array of eye-popping light design and costuming. At 8 p.m., Theater at Madison Square Garden, 800-745-3000, theateratmsg.com. (O’Donnell)
MARGO PRICE (Tuesday) The singer-songwriter Margo Price has a heartbreaking back story: In 2010, Ms. Price suffered the loss of her newborn child because of a heart ailment and later grappled with heavy drinking. But she seems to have overcome the worst of her demons with the release of “Midwest Farmer’s Daughter,” her stunning debut. The album, released on Third Man Records, Jack White’s tastemaking label, blends Ms. Price’s gripping confessionals with rootsy melodies that sound as well worn as a 45 single playing on a jukebox. With Hugh Masterson. At 9 p.m., Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street, near the Bowery, Lower East Side, 800-745-3000, boweryballroom.com. (O’Donnell)
THE NAKED AND FAMOUS (Saturday) When this New Zealand outfit set out to record its new album, “Simple Forms,” the sessions were particularly strained: The singer and guitarist Thom Powers and the singer Alisa Xayalith were struggling with their romantic relationship. But the resulting collection of songs — effervescent synth pop that explores themes of love and heartbreak — shows that sometimes an artist’s best material is born out of pain. With Xylo and the Chain Gang of 1974. At 8 p.m., Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 West 34th Street, Manhattan, 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com. (O’Donnell)
A pop music entry in the Listings pages on Friday about a performance by Wyclef Jean at Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg misstated the release date of his forthcoming EP, “J’ouvert.” It is expected to be released in January, not on Friday, Nov. 18.