How to Dress Well

Updated 12/20/2012

Thursday: A mix of dream-pop and tear-worthy R&B at the Entry.

How to Dress Well

2 CHAINZ

9 p.m. • Myth • 18-plus • $25-$45

Buttressed by songs celebrating birthday-gifted "big booty hoes" and general rap-guy braggadocio, this Georgian emcee skyrocketed in 2012. The rapper formerly known as Tity Boi (after all, he does "Luv Dem Strippers") had a hit with his Drake-featuring joint "No Lie" off his debut solo LP "Based on a TRU Story," which earned a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album. The Source's Man of the Year also received profile boosts guesting on the lead single from Kanye West's "Cruel Summer" compilation, "Mercy" (up for two Grammy awards) and Nicki Minaj's "Beez in the Trap." The Chalice's Lizzo opens with Doomtree's Lazerbeak handling DJ duties. MICHAEL RIETMULDER

THE FAINT

8:30 p.m. • First Avenue • 18-plus • $20

As Taking Back Sunday demonstrated in October when it played 2002's "Tell All Your Friends" in entirety at First Ave, nostalgia can amount to serious coin. The Faint is also hip to the fact that mid-'80s babies are eager to spend their entry-level paychecks. That's why the dark dance-rockers are treating fans to a live run-through of their 2001 LP, "Danse Macabre." The Saddle Creek-issued synth-orgy recently received a deluxe reissue, a move that excited Faint fans more than the prospect of a new album. The Omaha group's latest, 2008's "Fasciinatiion," elicited critical shrugs. Who knows whether the current tour is motivated by fan-first altruism or pocket-lining? When the throbbing bass of "Agenda Suicide" rumbles over the dance floor, no one is gonna care either way. Trust and Icky Blossoms open.JAY BOLLER

HOW TO DRESS WELL

9 p.m. • 7th Street Entry • 18-plus • $10-$12

When recording his sophomore album as How to Dress Well, Tom Krell was one depressed dude. Dealing with a breakup and the deaths of loved ones, the soul-fracturing falsetto fiend penned two albums' worth of material, half of which was steeped in despair, while the rest was a bit more hopeful. Contrary to the title of his new disc, "Total Loss" is made up of the cheerier stuff. Krell's artful blend of tear-worthy R&B and dream-pop has been hailed by critics, hinting at a future brighter than his thematic choices. With Brooklyn duo Beacon, Seyah and Gayngs contributor Katy Morley. M.R.

SOUTHSIDE ACES

8 p.m. • Minneapolis Eagles Club • $5

Ably representing the younger generation of Twin Cities classic-jazz players, the Southside Aces put a New Orleans spin on Christmas standards on a new holiday album, "Santaphone." The disc has a surprising number of vocals -- not the band's strong Santa suit -- but the ensemble playing is spirited and savvy, a yuletide gumbo of clarinet, sousaphone, trombone, trumpet, guitar, drums and whimsy. TOM SUROWICZ