BODY/HEAD
(Con-Way, 2170 NW Raleigh) You still know her best as the longtime bassist/singer for Sonic Youth, but Kim Gordon's been working with musician Bill Nace for several years on a project that recently evolved into the new electronic outfit Body/Head. Gordon is basically a legend at this point; if you only see one show at TBA, this wouldn't be a bad bet. ALISON HALLETT


LAKE, MORNING RITUAL, PORT ST. WILLOW
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Olympia band LAKE have been hard at work—along with touring and side/solo projects from some members, they managed to put out two albums this year. Circular Doorway was released on their own label, and The World Is Real is out this week on K Records. Their airy, pop-laced songs are bright and spacious, with pronounced, funky bass lines and echoed keys. Their music has a faraway feeling—beautiful, eerie, and daydreamy at the same time, like maybe it knows something you don't. RACHEL MILBAUER


STAR SLINGER
(Rotture, 315 SE 3rd) In the age of SoundCloud ubiquity, few electronic musicians have established themselves as dynamically prolific a collaborator and producer as Darren Williams, better known as Star Slinger. Williams is a testament to the DIY ethos of bedroom recording as an underground industry. While maintaining a presence as a club promoter in Manchester, he's lent his producer credits to stateside characters like Lil B and Juicy J, hiphop artists who prefer an ethereal backdrop to their poignant non sequiturs. With a debut EP forthcoming on EMI after a blog-decade's worth of mixtapes and remixes, Star Slinger is a notable up-and-coming international alchemist of psychedelic soul, house, and the appropriated urban sphere that those across the pond refer to as bangers. WYATT SCHAFFNER


LUNCH, BABYSITTER, WIRE EYES
(The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) Backtracking through Babysitter's Bandcamp page is quite a journey. The Victoria, BC, punk-rock band have issued a half-dozen cassette releases dating to 2010, in addition to a handful of split 7-inch appearances. Their full-length, Eye, released late last year, serves as a re-recorded greatest hits album from that lo-fi tape series. The evolution of the band's sound can be tracked from one tape to the next, and Eye does a great job in harnessing all the elements into an outstanding collection. "Talkin' 'Bout the New Generation" kicks the album off with a full force rock anthem, while softer ballad tracks like "Crace Mountain" strip things down to reveal the band's dynamic range. Local acts Lunch and Wire Eyes will be sure to get things moving right out of the gate. CHIPP TERWILLIGER