Eels at Granada Theater
Singer-songwriter Mark Oliver Everett (often billed simply as E) views life through a different lens than the rest of us. Over the past two decades, he has built a highly idiosyncratic yet deeply emotional catalog of cracked pop songs that traffic in some tough topics (1998's Electro-Shock Blues deals with the aftermath of his sister's suicide and his mother's cancer diagnosis) but pull listeners in with rich melodies and vivid lyrics. The latest Eels LP, Wonderful, Glorious, finds E decompressing after his trilogy of concept albums, which concluded with 2010's Tomorrow Morning. With Nicole Atkins.
8 p.m. Thursday. Granada Theater, Dallas. $30.
Ivan and Alyosha at Prophet Bar
Seattle folk-pop combo Ivan and Alyosha (aka troubadours Tim Wilson and Ryan Carbary) made sure to refine their sound before releasing their debut album, All the Times We Had, this year. Steady touring, critical acclaim and a series of EPs begat the full-length effort, which is redolent with Wilson and Carbary's plainly gorgeous harmonies and evocative instrumentation. With the Lone Bellow and Emily Wolfe.
8 p.m. Saturday. The Prophet Bar, Dallas. $10 advance, $12 day of show.