Of Montreal

Updated 5/16/2013

WEDNESDAY: Manic psych-poppers go acoustic at the Cedar. Plus: "Sugar Man" subject Rodriguez.

Of Montreal
Photo by Patrick Heagney

Of Montreal

8 p.m. • Cedar Cultural Center • $20

There’s always something happening onstage when psychedelic freak-pop band Of Montreal and its costumed entourage comes to town, be it aliens committing mass murder or pigs getting it on. On a short acoustic tour this time around, the group won’t offer its usual live spectacle, but there is plenty going on with them offstage. That includes a Kickstarter-funded documentary now in the works on the wildest of the many wild bands from Athens, Ga. There’s also a new album in the can for a fall release, which frontman Kevin Barnes reportedly wrote during a long stretch of self-imposed isolation. Openers Wild Moccasins are a baby-faced Mamas & Papas-like psych-pop quintet from Houston newly signed to New West Records. Chris Riemenschneider

Rodriguez

7:30 p.m. • Fitzgerald Theater • sold out

Sixto Rodriguez was a late 1960s/early ’70s singer/songwriter who was forgotten everywhere except South Africa. He became something of a mysterious but beloved cult hero there, and in the late 1990s a couple of obsessive fans tracked him down in Detroit and brought him to South Africa for a series of big-room concerts. It was all captured on film and became the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary, “Searching for Sugarman.” The 2012 movie, appearances on Letterman and Leno and, of course, the Oscar have created an audience for the now-mononym Rodriguez, 70, who sounds a bit like Cat Stevens with a protest streak. Jenny O opens. Jon Bream 

Jane Monheit

7 & 9 p.m. Wed.-next Thu. • Dakota Jazz Club • $25-$40

Hard to believe that Monheit just released her ninth studio album. “The Heart of the Matter” finds the luxurious voiced, jazz-loving New Yorker, 35, in full bloom — a mix of elegant jazz standards, Linda Eder-like Broadway pop and striking interpretations of the Beatles, Randy Newman and “Sesame Street’s” Joe Raposo. As always, she’s technically superb but her work is feeling more mature and lived in. Maybe it’s partly because she’s singing about motherhood, notably on the gorgeous if formal original ballad “Night Night Stars.”J.B.