“I am scared of the child that lives in me,” The Drums frontman Jonathan Pierce confesses on his latest record, “Abysmal Thoughts.” He need not be. Yes, there is a youthful preciousness in both sound and content here, Pierce’s voice vulnerable and quavering, his words earnest and often-wounded. But that’s what gives his painfully confessional indie rock its sting. See The Drums at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Brooklyn Bowl at The Linq. Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 day of show; call 702-862-2695.
“Grinding self-hatred” is how these fast and oh-so-furious South Carolinians classify their speed-of-sound songbook, which tempers terminal velocity levels with a doomy pummel. Scale a “Mountain of Dead Pigs” with the lads at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Beauty Bar. Tickets are $10; call 702-598-3757.
The Spill Canvas
When you think of South Dakota, you think of Mount Rushmore and, uh … prodigious soybean production? Well, thanks to The Spill Canvas, you think of radio-friendly alt-rock as well. See them at 8 p.m. Saturday at Backstage Bar & Billiards. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 day of show; call 702-382-2227.
Sounding like an overcaffeinated 10-year-old, nerdcore rapper MC Chris has voiced characters on “Aqua Teen Hunger Force,” “Sealab 2021,” “Space Ghost: Coast to Coast” and more. He’s an animated dude, literally. See MC Chris at 8 p.m. Monday at Beauty Bar. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 day of show; call 702-598-3757.
Do you prefer to wallow in your sadness? Or dance your doldrums away? Well, these Joy Division-indebted post-punks have you covered either way. See them at 9 p.m. Friday at The Bunkhouse Saloon. Tickets are $12 in advance, $14 at the door; call 702-982-1764.