10 p.m. • Epic • 18-plus • $26-$30
Lamar sounded a little half-baked in the hot afternoon sun at the Soundset festival in May, but a cooler, late-night club date should be more his thing. The Los Angeles-area rapper certainly has more incentive to shine now. His long-awaited debut album, "good kid, m.A.A.d city" -- purportedly an ode to his upbringing in Compton, Calif. -- is finally slated to arrive Oct. 22 via his mentor Dr. Dre's Aftermath imprint, with the slow-boiling singles "The Recipe" and "Swimming Pools (Drank)" leading the way. That's in addition to all the stellar tracks off last year's fascinating mixtape, "Section 80." His Top Dawg cohorts Ab Soul and Jay Rock will also perform, and the local whiz kids in Audio Perm open. CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER
9 p.m. • Fine Line • 18-plus • $22
After reviving his post-punk band in 2010, visionary New York art-rocker Michael Gira takes Swans to a whole new level on "The Seer," an expansive new double-disc/quadruple-vinyl set that bounces wildly from droning psychedelica to hair-raising noise to freak-out folk. Low's Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker joined Gira's fray along with Karen O and more guests. California experimenters Xiu Xiu open, promoting a reissue of their out-of-print 2006 album, "The Air Force." C.R.
6 p.m. • First Avenue • 18-plus • $15-$20
Local dance scene statesman Woody McBride and his now infamous "Wall of Bass," which had objects rattling off bar tops at Bassgasm 6, are taking over First Ave for the seventh low-end fête. Once again McBride has assembled a genre- and generation-crossing lineup to rock five stages throughout the club's three rooms. Topping the innards-shaking bill are San Francisco house lord DJ Dan, breaks barren DJ Icey, drumstep duo Run DMT and dubby techno team Echospace. Earplugs are highly recommended. MICHAEL RIETMULDER
9 p.m. • Mill City Nights • 18-plus • $26-$30
Marley will shake up Mill City Nights with his distinct flair for powerdriving guitar riffs and massive, arena-rocking choruses. Just kidding, he's a reggae artist. The brother of Damian and Ziggy Marley and original member of the Melody Makers, Stephen, 40, has separated himself from his royal brethren by playing essentially the exact same style of music. His 2011 solo effort, "Revelation Part 1: The Root of Life," took home the 2012 Grammy for "Best Reggae Album," his third such win in five years. There's no denying the good times supplied by reggae's offbeat rhythms and island vibes, a tradition Marley ably honors. Also, for the uninformed, the stereotype is that fans of the genre enjoy ingesting marijuana. Opening: Spragga Benz, Jo Mersa and DJ Mixwell.MARK BRENDEN