• Casket Girls

Happy Monday! It’s cold out again, which is kind of a bummer. Suck it up and head out, though, because there are some great shows to catch during the first half of this week.

British singer-songwriter Richard Thompson plays three days in a row at City Winery, starting tonight. There’s also Maps & Atlases offshoot Wedding Dress at Township tonight with Mutts and Vic & Gab. Wednesday sees some heavy-metal happenings around town with Inter Arma in the upstairs room of Bottom Lounge and Atlas Moth and Plague Bringer at Cobra Lounge.

There are a few more writers’ picks for the first half of this week after the jump.

Mon 2/24: Casket Girls at Empty Bottle

“Casket Girls, whose core members are sisters Phaedra and Elsa Greene and Ryan Graveface (of Dreamend, Black Moth Super Rainbow, and Graveface Records), not only list ‘David Lynch’ as their sole influence on Facebook but also spread an origin story wherein Graveface serendipitously discovered the sisters sitting beneath a tree in a public square in their mutual hometown of Savannah, Georgia, playing Autoharp and singing,” writes Kevin Warwick. “Maybe telling strangers’ fortunes too? The band’s ‘About’ page certainly seems to want to make the sisters seem eerie, and Graveface’s characterically dark backing tracks, with their weird squealing and gurgling, pull pretty hard in that direction too. But at heart the new True Love Kills the Fairy Tale is an indie-pop album—the Greenes’ chill, layered vocals and delicate, entrancing melodies could carry the songs all by themselves.”

Mon 2/24: Mutilation Rites at Cobra Lounge

New York black-metal outfit Mutilation Rites comes to Cobra Lounge tonight. “One of the most fascinating things about black metal is how adaptable its profoundly antagonistic sound has proved to be, hybridizing easily with styles as disparate as death metal and throwback 70s rock ‘n’ roll,” says Miles Raymer. “But Brooklyn’s Mutilation Rites want no part of that: they argue persuasively for the old-school aesthetic purity that ‘true kvlt’ fans insist on. Their pummeling 2012 album Empyrean (Prosthetic) draws on an attenuated set of influences, never ranging much further from Venom than Darkthrone, and it’s all the more gratifying for its undiluted ancestry.” Full of Hell opens.

Wed 2/26: Terence Blanchard at SPACE

Jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard comes to SPACE in Evanston this week. “For last year’s Magnetic (Blue Note) trumpeter Terence Blanchard invited the members of his young, forward-looking quintet to contribute material they’d written themselves—a gambit that has paid dividends, not only broadening the band’s sound but also giving his cohorts a more concrete investment in the music,” says Peter Margasak. “The album’s overall sound is a moody, smoldering take on the music of Miles Davis’s 60s quintet—another group that relied heavily on every member to shape its collective aesthetic—but it’s burnished and transformed into something incontrovertibly contemporary, with the help of guest appearances by saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and guitarist Lionel Loueke.”