Diamanda Galas: The classically trained pianist has a titanic voice, and she won’t be using it to trill pretty love songs. She confronts the big issues with unflinching passion and brutal honesty. She’ll be performing pieces for voice and piano, including refashioned blues songs and selections from her Masque of the Red Death trilogy, which addresses the AIDS crisis, 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Feb. 25 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave., sold out; mcachicago.org.
Scott Lucas and his Married Men: Local H’s Lucas is starting to making some noise with his other band, the Married Men. They just signed a deal with End Records, the Brooklyn indie that is also home to Art Brut and the Lemonheads, and have finished a new album, “Blood Half Moon,” mixed by metal guru Sanford Parker. Lucas describes the ever-evolving Married Men sound as "country-ish alt-rock for people who like metal" – I have no idea what that means, but if Lucas’ songwriting is at the heart of it, it’ll be worth hearing, 8 p.m. Thursday at the FitzGerald’s, 6615 Roosevelt Road, $5; fitzgeralds.com.
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