In the fine tradition of throwing everything against the wall in search of the elaborate and strange, Glass Animals are overachievers – because somehow, they actually make it all work. The English quartet’s fine new album “How to Be a Human Being” (Harvest Records) has everything from flutes to babbling vocoders and even the occasional a capella rap in amongst the throbbing electronic beats, and track after track just shimmers; did I mention the hooks? They’ve got those, too. Glass Animals will be showing it off live and in-person Tuesday night at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater. Showtime is 7 p.m. and tickets are $21-$46. For details, see redhatamphitheater.com.
- Expatriate guitar god Will McFarlane returns to his old stomping grounds this weekend for “Willfest,” in which he and guests including Armand Lenchek, Danny Gotham and many others play Friday through Sunday at Durham’s Blue Note Grill.
- Saturday brings Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue to the Raleigh Ritz, plus local country-pop ensemble Delta Rae to Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle.
- British pop-rock singer Natasha Bedingfield is among the opening acts for Train, Sunday at Raleigh’s Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek.
- Joan Baez and friends sing Monday at Raleigh’s N.C. Museum of Art on the “Four Voices” tour, the same night multi-faceted pianist Joe Jackson plays Durham’s Carolina Theatre.
- The Carolina has ’80s pop stars Toto (sue me, I still think “Africa” is the best guilty pleasure ever) on Tuesday.
- And the great Paul Simon plays Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre on Wednesday.