River City Extension

7:30 p.m. • 7th Street Entry • 18-plus • $12-$14

River City Extension, formed by New Jersey songsmith Joe Michelini, creates catchy Americana with beautiful harmonies. The ever-rotating octet shows traces of everyone from Mumford & Sons to Dirty Projectors, but still projects a sound of its own. Often influenced by literature, Michelini cites Ayn Rand for informing last month’s third album, “Deliverance.” Philadelphia indie rock band Cold Fronts and local electric folk quintet William Within open. Alex Nelson

 

Happyness

8:30 p.m. • Turf Club • $10-$12

London trio Happyness is reviving the finest bits of ’90s slacker rock of Pavement, Yo La Tengo and Sparklehorse. Their 2014 debut album, “Weird Little Birthday,” showed off their ability to nail both low-key ballads for that afternoon-malaise and thrashing, fuzzy rock songs for that college-basement fun. It’s sort of a concept album about a boy upset that his birthday lands on Christmas. Local rockers Danger Ron & the Spins and Nancy’s Raygun open. A.N.

 

James Hunter

7 p.m. Mon.-Tue. • Dakota Jazz Club • $37-$45

Hunter has many things going for him: a quick wit, a charming British accent, a soulful voice in the spirit of Van Morrison and a saxophone-spiked throwback soul sound in the vein of Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson and the Five Royales (whose songs Hunter always includes in concert). He returns to the Dakota with the James Hunter Six, showcasing tunes from 2013’s “Minute By Minute,” his first made-in-America album, produced by Gabriel Roth of the Dap-Kings. Jon Bream