Deer Tick. Providence, Rhode Island’s finest bar band rockers released two self-titled albums in 2017, each volume with a bottle of ketchup and jar of mustard on the cover. Thus, the never-too-solemn-or-serious band came back this year with Mayonnaise, an album of alt versions, outtakes, and covers, including the Velvet Underground’s “Pale Blue Eyes” and Ben Vaughn’s “Too Sensitive For This World.” With Courtney Marie Andrews. Sunday at Union Transfer.
Beyoncé, “Before I Let Go.” The bonus track that plays over the end credits of Beyonce’s Homecoming Netflix special and live album is a cover of Philadelphia-born, smooth R&B singer Frankie Beverly’s 1981 hit, updated with an interpolation of Cameo’s 1986 funk workout “Candy.” Plus, one well-earned boast: “I did the damn thing.” Also of note: Her 2016 album Lemonade finally became available this week on all streaming platforms.
Son Volt. Two dozen years after Son Volt’s landmark debut, Jay Farrar’s rugged baritone is still a warm soulful instrument, and the former Uncle Tupelo coleader is all fired up about the sorry state of the nation as he sings about the “desecration of the world for the almighty dollar” on the fighting-mad new Union. Wednesday at Ardmore Music Hall.
Amanda Blank. Philly rapper and Sweatheart founder Amanda Blank has been missing from the scene for most of this decade, but she’s about to make a surprising return with an album called The Ruiner, due out later this year. It’s a set of guitar-based love songs that she says is shaped by the 1990s acts she grew up listening to, such as PJ Harvey and the Cardigans. With Southwick and Whomst. Thursday at Johnny Brenda’s.