An indie-pop shape-shifter of the highest order, Nick Thorburn has cut a collaborative path through multiple groups over the past decade. But the member of the Unicorns, Human Highway, and Mister Heavenly has saved his strongest work for Islands. The L.A.-based Canadian's latest Islands effort, Ski Mask, splits the difference between 2012's classicist, Elliott Smith-inspired A Sleep & a Forgetting and 2009's trippy synthesizer-stuffed Vapours. The results are instantly ingratiating and rewarding on repeat listens. With Brazos. 18+.
Sun., Oct. 13, 8 p.m., 2013