Chiodos, with the Most Dangerous Animal and Bell Historire. 6 p.m. Friday at Peabody's.
Post-hardcore band Chiodos are playing some shows this summer, and it's the same one that was around in 2009, before everyone got all pissed off at each other. Singer Craig Owens — who was kicked out of the band three years ago — is back; so is drummer Derrick Frost. Chiodos' third album, Illuminaudio, was released in 2010 with a different singer, so you probably won't hear anything from that record on this tour. Which is fine with fans, who are way more into 2005's All's Well That Ends Well and 2007's Bone Palace Ballet anyway.
Sonny & the Sunsets, with Tim Cohen's Magic Trick. 8 p.m. Saturday at Mahall's 20 Lanes.
A couple of years ago Sonny Smith curated an art project in which he dreamed up a hundred different band names and singles. Then he enlisted some pals to actually record some of those fake songs. The new album by Smith's band Sonny & the Sunsets is a country album, complete with a lazy twang and soft-weeping instruments.
Taj Mahal, with the Juke Hounds. 7 p.m. Saturday at Lock 3 Live.
Veteran bluesman Taj Mahal has been making records since the late '60s, and many of them explore the different shades of the Delta blues. But the 70-year-old singer and guitarist usually works his way through other types of music to get to this place. Traces of rock, soul, reggae, jazz, and world music have snaked their way into his songs over the years. A new record gathering some odds and ends from the late '60s and early '70s comes out in a couple weeks.
Clutch, with Monster Truck and Lionize. 8 p.m. Sunday House of Blues.
It's been three years since Maryland rockers Clutch released their last album. But they recently put out a new single, "Pigtown Blues," which combines beefy organ fills, ringing acoustic guitars, and a shuffling Dead-like beat. It's a nice fit with their stoner rock-leaning material, so it should get heavier onstage.