Happening Sunday: Waxahatchee, Sean Nicholas Savage, and more

-Sean Nicholas Savage, Promise Keeper, Other Colors: A longtime artist of Montreal label Arbutus Records (of Grimes fame), Sean Nicholas Savage croons loungy pop songs that, much like his blond mustache and greased-back hair, are pleasantly chintzy without feeling too hyped up on ’80s and ’90s nostalgia. Catch him as he headlines a show with London pop soloist Promise Keeper and local lo-fi folk outfit Other Colors. 9 p.m., The Crown, 1910 N. Charles St., (410) 625-4848, facebook.com/thecrownbaltimore, $8. (Maura Callahan)

-Waxahatchee, Weyes Blood, Try the Pie: The opening track on "Ivy Tripp," the latest record from Katie Crutchfeld's Waxahatchee, begins with a lead-footed synthesizer droning and growling, like the weight of the day on your chest the minute you wake up. Then Crutchfield lets out a conflicted, maybe tragically optimistic at best, series of couplets: "You look at me like I'm a rose, singing a song that you don't know/ And you always walk so slow/ If I was foolish I would chase a feeling I long ago let fade/ And we could be good for days." This is the world of Waxahatchee. Songs about past screw-ups, yes, but ones that find some hope in emotional maturity and confidence in being brutally honest about things. It is the sound of no longer being a young screw-up and it's some of the most open-hearted and inspiring indie rock around right now. 8 p.m., The Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St., (410) 662-0069, theottobar.com, $13. (Brandon Soderberg)

 

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