Adult Children @ Mercury Lounge on Thursday, 8 p.m., $10
Imagine a gypsy-folk band hurtling through space, and you'll get a vague idea of what Adult Children sounds like. At the duo's core are traditional folk melodies and romantic lyrics, but they're juxtaposed with electronic touches that up the quirk factor.
Eclectic sounds are nothing new for the guys behind the project. One half of the band is John Aaron Cockburn, whose prior band Little Suns is rooted in cinematic folk and mathy klezmer. The other half is Maxim Cossette, who explores everything from rockabilly to ska in his own Maxim Cossette Combo.
Adult Children celebrates the launch of a debut EP, Elements, Thursday night at Mercury Lounge.
Paul Collins @ House of TARG on Friday, 9 p.m., $8
On Friday, House of TARG features the crème de la crème of melodic rock 'n' roll. Paul Collins helped define the power pop sound of the late '70s and early '80s, first as a member of The Nerves. (You should hear their original version of "Hanging on the Telephone" if you're a fan of Blondie's cover.) He went on to play with The Breakaways before becoming singer and guitarist for The Beat — not to be confused with The English Beat.
Since then, Paul Collins has continued to tour and release quality records, and you can expect his appearance at TARG to be well-attended by Ottawa's thriving power pop scene. Mother's Children, Pale Lips and Jonesy are set to open the show.
#FOMO @ NAC Main Lobby on Saturday, 9 p.m., $15
For five years now, the NAC Presents series has been responsible for some of the most stimulating performances at the NAC, by musicians across Canada. To celebrate that anniversary, they're holding a fifth birthday party they're calling #FOMO.
The reason you don't want to miss out? Meg Remy — a.k.a. U.S. Girls — for one. 2015 saw her sign to 4AD, joining the ranks of Ariel Pink, Deerhunter and Grimes, to name a few. Her latest album, Half Free, tells stories about the darker side of the female experience through a singular vibrato that's part oldies radio, part David Lynch movie.
A Tribe Called Red, Mehdi Cayenne and The Lionyls make up the rest of Saturday's performances in the NAC's Main Lobby.
Ladies First at Live on Elgin on Saturday, 8 p.m., $10
Just a few blocks away, you can find an equally diverse lineup at Live on Elgin. That's the venue for the second annual Ladies First event on Saturday, which brings together female musicians from Ottawa and elsewhere. On the bill: Toronto electronic artist Maya Killtron; local three-piece Coccinella; Amanda Lowe; rock duo Riishi Von Rex; and Montreal folk outfit Ghostly Hounds.
Besides taking in the music, show-goers will have the opportunity to donate directly to Harmony House, to support transitional housing for women and children who are escaping violence. It's a win-win deal.